Dartboard Height and Measurements: The Best Way to Set Up Your Dartboard

  • By: Alex
  • Date: October 14, 2021
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Dartboards are an excellent addition to any game room. For the best game experience, you’ll need to set up your dartboard properly and know the right height and measurements for it. If you’re not sure how to measure your board or what height is best for your room, read on!

The two main factors that affect dartboard setup are:

  • The distance from which you should throw darts (the “throw line”)
  • The height of the dartboard at its center point (it should be 5 feet 8 inches).

By getting these measurements right, you can enjoy the game at the same level the professionals do, challenge friends and family and get better at the game.

What You Will Need

CRAFTSMAN Tape Measure, Self-Lock, 25-Foot (CMHT37225S)
Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard with Increased Scoring Area and Improved Dart Deflection for Reduced Bounce-Outs , BLACK WHITE RED, 1.50 x 17.75 x 17.75 inches
Kapro 275S Sharpener and 3 Pencil Set
MOKENEYE 20V Cordless Drill Driver Kit, Power Drill with Battery and Charger, 25+1 Position, Variable Speed, 320 In-lbs Torque, 3/8 Inch Keyless Chuck, Built-in LED Light, 32 Pcs Accessories
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CRAFTSMAN Tape Measure
Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard
Pencil Set
Cordless Drill
CRAFTSMAN Tape Measure, Self-Lock, 25-Foot (CMHT37225S)
Product
CRAFTSMAN Tape Measure
Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard with Increased Scoring Area and Improved Dart Deflection for Reduced Bounce-Outs , BLACK WHITE RED, 1.50 x 17.75 x 17.75 inches
Product
Winmau Blade 5 Dual Core Bristle Dartboard
Kapro 275S Sharpener and 3 Pencil Set
Product
Pencil Set
MOKENEYE 20V Cordless Drill Driver Kit, Power Drill with Battery and Charger, 25+1 Position, Variable Speed, 320 In-lbs Torque, 3/8 Inch Keyless Chuck, Built-in LED Light, 32 Pcs Accessories
Product
Cordless Drill

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Dartboard Height Measurements

The correct height for your dartboard is 5’8” from the ground to the center of your dartboard or bullseye. This is the same whether you are using a bristle or electronic dartboard.

mounting a dart board measurements
Dartboard Height and distance measurements

What is the Correct Distance to the Oche (Throw Line)?

To save the floor measurements you could opt for a darts mat. These have the oche clearly marked and also protect your floor and darts.

In accordance with the World Darts Federation, the correct distance from your dartboard for steel tip darts is 7’9 1/4” from the bullseye to the oche (throw line).

Dartboard Measurements Steel Tip Darts

Soft Tip Darts

The most commonly used regulation distance for soft tip (or electronic dartboards) is an 8′ (243cm) throw line. That means a distance of 9’9 3/4” (299cm) diagonal measurement from the bullseye to the oche.

However, if you are setting up your board at home so you can improve to compete in local leagues, it’s a good idea to get in touch and confirm the throw line distance. It may not seem like a big deal to get it exact, but it does make a considerable difference.

dartboard measurements soft tip darts (1)

Don’t Forget

If this is your first time putting up a dartboard – don’t forget that the number 20 goes at the top.

How to Hang a Dartboard

  • Mounting hardware – most new dartboards will come with this included, but make sure to check. Also consider you may need some basic tools and even a drill to properly mount your board.
  • First measurement – using a measuring tape, masure 5’8” from the floor upwards. This is the height of your bullseye.
  • Screw – Usuaully boards come with a large screw that you insert in the back of the board directly behind the bullseye.
  • Bracket – The mounting bracket needs to go on the wall. Line up the bottom ‘U’ of the bracket to the bullseye mark on your wall. You may need ot use a drill to get the bracket mounted ot your wall.
  • Hang the board – now hang to board on the mounting bracket using the screw in the center of the back of your board. If the board is loose at all, take it off, tighten the screw and try again.

American Dartboards

In the United States, there are dartboards commonly known as American-style dartboards, where the boards are entirely different (see pic) as are the measurements.

An “American” board is mounted a few inches lower, and a few inches closer, than the more commonly seen “English” board. The center of the cork is 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) from the floor.[1] The distance is set at 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) from the back of the dartboard. This would result in a distance of 106.4 inches (2.70 m) from the center of the cork to the throw line. On the other hand, the ABDA (American Baseball Darts Association) sets the distance at 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) from the front of the board. This is 107.4 inches (2.73 m) from the centre of the cork to the throw line.

Wikipedia

Dartboard Height & Distance for Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair darts set up is very different – as you can see in the diagram the bullseye should be 4’6” (137cm) from the floor and the throw line is 7’9 1/4” from the wall. When throwing the player ensures their back wheels are behind the oche. For more information on disability, darts check out British Disability Darts Association.

wheelchair darts set up
Wheelchair dartboard height and distance

Final Thoughts

We hope this article helps you set up your dartboard at home. Remember to follow mounting instructions for your dartboard if they are included.

If you want to make things a little easier, you could get a darts mat that has throw lines clearly marked for you – all you have to do is line it up with the wall. We like this one from Winmau as it has lots of darts finishes on it:

Winmau Outshot Dart Mat (Soft-Feel)
  • Lightweight dart mat - easy to roll up and store away
  • Non-slip PVC composite edging and underlay
  • Every finish from 100 to 41
  • Official tournament oche measurements

Last update on 2021-11-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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