Darts is one of the most common games played in clubs, bars, restaurants, or at home.
The game is played between two people or two teams and involves throwing pointed darts at rings on the dartboard.
Whoever consistently gets the most darts closest to the middle of the dartboard scores the highest.
If you’re setting up a dartboard and cabinet, it’s important to know how big it is and where to put it so as to keep the game fair and fun.
What are the dimensions of a dartboard and its cabinet?
A standard hard-tip dartboard has a diameter of 17.75 inches or 451 millimeters.
The inner bullseye of the dartboard is 0.5 inches or 12.7 millimeters across, while the outer bullseye is 1.25 inches or 31.75 millimeters in diameter.
The center to outside triple ring is 4.25 inches or 107.95 millimeters wide, while the center to outside double ring is about 6.7 inches or 170 millimeters wide.
The narrow double and triple rings each measure between 0.32 and 0.38 inches or 8.12 and 9.65 millimeters across, depending on how the board is set up.
Soft-tip dartboards are slightly smaller, with an overall diameter of 15.5 inches or 393.7 millimeters.
Dartboards are generally about 1.5 inches or 38.1 millimeters thick, although this can vary depending on what the dartboard is made of and what brand it is.
Dartboards usually weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. Because dartboards can be so heavy, and because you’ll be tugging darts from them frequently, it’s a good idea to use a strong backing material and a strong mounting system to keep from pulling the dartboard away from the wall.
A cabinet can provide a sturdy mount and makes for a smooth, strong backing material.
Dartboard cabinets can vary greatly in size, and there’s no standard size.
The cabinet must simply be large enough to house the dartboard, so it must be a square or rectangle with a width and height of at least 18 inches.
Most dartboard cabinets are shaped like rectangles, with shorter ends at the top and bottom.
These cabinets open up to display the dartboard, and when they open, they can be as wide as 3 feet across.
Dartboards cabinets are also usually about 30 inches tall and can have a depth of 5 inches or more.
Most dartboard cabinets feature places on the insides of the doors to store darts and areas to keep score, either with chalk or, in more modern cabinets, electronically.
What is the standard height for a dartboard?
When you hang a dartboard, the bullseye must be 5 feet, 8 inches from the floor.
Although this doesn’t need to be exact, this standard helps to make play fair, and it’s a must if you plan on holding any serious dart competitions.
How far from a dartboard should you throw?
The throw line must be 7 feet and 9.25 inches from the bullseye of the dartboard.
Measuring from the wall instead of the dartboard is incorrect. The throw line can be marked in a number of ways, including paint or tape, and players must stand behind it in order to throw their dart.
Some people use a small, raised strip of wood, which provides a sturdy spot for the player to rest their toe.
What are the dimensions of a dart?
Darts can vary somewhat in size, although most darts are between 5 and 7 inches or 12.7 and 17.8 millimeters long overall. The flight is usually about 1.57 or 4 millimeters tall.
The barrel of the dart, where the player grips the dart, can range from 1.81 to 2.09 inches or 46 to 53 millimeters long, while the tip is usually between 1.26 and 1.61 inches or 32 to 41 millimeters long, with a diameter of 0.25 to 0.28 inches or 6.35 to 7.11 millimeters.
Darts should weigh between 0.63 and 0.92 ounces or 18 and 26 grams.
The dart’s body is generally made of wood or metal, such as nickel, brass, or tungsten, with a sharp tip.
The body material helps to give the dart weight. The flight is the piece of the dart at the back that helps to give the dart a smoother motion and trajectory, and it’s usually made of feathers, although some darts use plastic.
How is darts played and scored?
Darts can be scored differently depending on what type of game is being played and what variations of the rules are being used.
Most competition-type games play by the rules of 501. In this game, each player starts with a score of 501, and each person is given three darts.
When they take their turn, the number of points they’ve scored is subtracted from the 501.
The double and triple rings of each dartboard are divided into triangular sections, each marked with a number.
Hitting a section in one of these rings earns you the number printed in the section, multiplied by either two or three depending on which ring it’s in.
An inner bullseye shot is worth 50 while an outer bullseye is worth 25. The first person to reach a score of zero points wins.
If the player ends up with either one point or goes below zero, the turn is discarded.
The other player can then take a turn, attempting to win before the other player can take their turn again.
The 501 game is the most popular, but players sometimes play variants, including 301 and 701.
Players can also reverse the game, starting with zero points and attempting to reach the decided-upon number.