Hanging a double sided dartboard is, surprisingly, not as difficult as it may seem. The only time you are going to run into issues is if you are hanging the dartboard up in drywall. However, even then, this is going to be a simple problem to deal with.
Your main concern with hanging up a double sided dartboard is ensuring that it can be removed. After all, you will need to flip that double sided dartboard around on occasion so you can actually use both sides.
The tools required will be dependent on the type of material you are hanging the dartboard onto. As we go through these instructions, we will give you more of an idea about what you need to do.
These are the basic tools and accessories:
- Drill bits
- A pen
The exact type of drill that you need will be dependent on the material that you are drilling into, as will the drillbits and wallplugs. We will tell you everything that you need to know in the relevant section!
Double sided magnetic dartboards, like this one, are great for kids as they are safe and wall-friendly
How High to Hang the Dartboard
The bullseye of the dartboard should always be 5-feet, 8-inches from the floor.
Should You Use a Dartboard Cabinet?
You should always be using something that can protect the wall surrounding the dartboard. If you cannot afford a proper dartboard cabinet, then a backing board for your dartboard should be fine. This will help to protect the surrounding wall.
If you are hanging a dartboard cabinet, then the same instructions as below apply. However, you may need to take a small amount of extra care if you are hanging into drywall. We will come to that, though.
Hanging a Dartboard Onto Wood
Wood is probably one of the easiest materials to attach your dartboard to.
To begin with, you will need to mark out exactly where the dartboard should be placed. As we said, you will need to ensure that the bullseye is at a certain height. So, measure how far the bullseye is from the screwhole on the dartboard. This will allow you to work out exactly where the screw hole should be placed.
You will now need to use a wood drill bit and a drill. The hole that you are drilling should be quite small. It is just a pilot hole.
Once the pilot hole has been drilled, you can screw the screws into it and hang the dartboard up. It is rather simple.
If you are hanging up a cabinet, then you will need to tinker with these instructions a bit. You will need more holes and they will be in slightly different locations. However, the way in which you create those holes will be the same.
Hanging a Dartboard Onto Masonry (Brick, Concrete, Etc.)
This is where you will start to run into a few issues if you do not plan things properly. You need to think about the type of masonry you are drilling into. This will dictate the drill bit and drill that you are using.
If you are trying to hang your dartboard on brick, then you need to look into a drill that has a ‘hammer action’ on it. This will allow you to drill into the brick with ease. You will also need to purchase a masonry drill-bit.
If you are drilling into concrete, then you will need something known as an SDS drill. This type of drill will get through the concrete with ease. You need this because concrete is far too tough for your average drill. You will need an SDS drill bit for this. This is much the same as a masonry drillbit, just with a different fitting.
Marking out the holes should be done in much the same way as with drilling into wood.
The difference will be the drill bit that you are using. You are not drilling a pilot hole here. You are drilling a hole that is large enough for your wallplugs to go into. Therefore, you will need to choose a drill bit size that is suitable for these wallplugs. Check the packaging of the wallplugs to find out exactly what you should be using.
Once the holes have been drilled, slide the wallplugs into the hole. You can then screw your screws into the wallplug. The dartboard can now be hung up, and you are ready to play!
Hanging a Dartboard Onto Plasterboard
Most homes will have plasterboard in place. If you knock on the wall and it has a hollow wood sound to it, then it means that you have plasterboard.
If you can, before you drill any holes, you should use a wire detector on the wall. This will allow you to work out whether there are any wires that you need to be avoiding when you drill into it.
If you want to make life easier for yourself, then you can also search the walls for studs. If you can, you can place the dartboard onto this stud. It will be much the same as the instructions for drilling into wood, so zip back up to those if you are hanging your dartboard onto a plasterboard stud.
If you are hanging your dartboard right onto the plaster, then you need to take a few precations. The main one is to remember that plasterboard cannot support a huge amount of weight. If you are not careful (i.e. you are hanging up a very heavy dartboard cabinet) then the plasterboard will tear. This will be an incredibly expensive repair job!
To make your job a little bit easier, you will need to use a drywall anchor. This is much the same as a wallplug, albeit designed specifically for plasterboard.
How the drywall anchor works will be dependent on the type:
- Some will be a butterfly style. As you put them into the wall, they will spread their wings, gripping onto the plasterboard.
- The other type will be ‘screw in’ which provides more grip on the plasterboard.
Whichever option that you choose, you are still going to need to mark out your holes in the same way as before.
With some drywall plugs, you won’t need to use a drill. You just screw them into place. These are the ones that you should go for. They will make your life a whole lot easier.
If you do need to use a drill, make sure that you choose a drill-bit that is the same size as the one listed on the packaging for the plugs. You will need to use a drill-bit designed for wood.
Now, just drill the holes, put in the wall plugs, and then screw everything into place!
As we said, drywall doesn’t really cope with the larger dartboard cabinets all that well. Therefore, if you really must hang up a cabinet, we recommend that you only use metal plugs designed for drywall. They tend to be a little bit more supportive and less-likely to tear the drywall.
Whenever you remove the dartboard from the wall to turn it around, do make sure that you remove it gently. Do not pull down on the dartboard. You will cause tearing on the wall.