Darts is an entertaining game of skill that can provide hours of fun for a single player or a big group. In order to play a proper game, you must take some measurements and mount your board correctly. While this isn't too difficult, it's important to get it right.
Find a spot. Ideally, you'll want to mount the dart board in a low-traffic area where it is out of the way--this way you can play without interference and not ruin an important wall. Also be sure that there aren't any windows or valuables that could break if they get hit by a poorly thrown or ricocheting dart. Bear in mind that you'll need 7 feet 9 1/4 inches of space in front of the board.
Find a stud. Ideally, mount the board onto a stud so that it's secure and stable. If this isn't possible, use an anchor or molly.
Measure the height. The center of the bulls-eye should be 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) in height from the floor. Mark the spot in pencil.
Install spring clips or bumpers to the back of the dart board. The mounting hardware for your board may include clips or bumpers that can be mounted around the perimeter of the board to prevent it from moving during play.
Install the mounting hardware. Most dart boards include a center mount in which you insert a screw into the center back of the board and then install a mount onto the wall on the spot that you've designated with your pencil. The recession of the mount--where the screw will sit--should line up with your pencil mark. Use a drill to pre-drill the screw or anchor holes into the wall. Insert the screw into the mount. The board should be flush with the wall.
Hang the board. Some less expensive boards may be equipped with a simple hanger on top. Be sure that you measure the distance from the top of the hanger to the center of the bulls-eye and align accordingly, so that the center of the board will be at the correct height. Use a screw (and anchor if needed) to hang the board. Position the board so that the "20" is on top.
Designate your throwing line. Use tape to mark off a throwing line 7 feet 9 1/4 inches back as measured with a tape measure. Note that the line is measured from the center of the dart board, not the wall that it is mounted on. For the most accurate measurement, hang a plumb down from the center of the board and measure from the plumb. Or, more simply, measure the thickness of the dart board and adjust your line out from there by adding the thickness to your measurement.
- Consider using a cabinet or piece of wood behind the dart board to prevent damage to the wall. Specific boards are sold for this purpose and can be purchased at sport and game shops that carry darts.