Darts distance Rules-what you need to know
Your dartboard setup should be an area where you can throw darts in a safe and comfortable environment. A place where you can play your favorite darts games for hours with friends, or practise in stealth so you can really bust out the moves later. Luckily, setting up your own dartboard and creating fantastic darting space isn’t tricky, piggy-bank-breaking or time-consuming.
Let’s make it official – your darts setup, that is
If you want to be fully legit, you can set up your dartboard and dart den to meet official Worlds Darts Federation (WDF) regulations. In this article, we’ll walk you through the official distances and height measurements you need to know. We’ll also throw in advice to help you create a pro-worthy dartboard setup at your place. This includes mounting options, the best lighting for high scoring darts games, protecting your floors, walls and darts, and how to keep everyone in your games room safe and puncture free.
The two measurements to remember are: the height of your dartboard, and the distance between the dartboard and the toe line. You’ll be meeting official regulations by following these guidelines.
Dartboard height measurements
The official height to hang your dartboard is to measure: 173cm (5 feet, 8 inches) from the floor to the centre of your dartboard (aka the bullseye, and the exact centre of your dartboard).
Dartboard distance measurements
The official distance is 237cm (7 feet, 9.25 inches) from the front of your dartboard to the back of the throw line (aka Oche or toe line).
An accessible darts setup
The official dartboard height for players who use a wheelchair is 137cm (4 feet, 6 inches), with the throwing distance also 237cm (7 feet, 9.25 inches), from the dartboard to the throw line.
Electronic darts measurements
The official height for an electronic dartboard is also 173cm (5 feet, 8 inches) from the floor to the bullseye. The throwing distance for an electronic dartboard is 244cm. An increase from the previous distance of 237cm.
Pro advice from Wayne Weening on the best place to hang your dartboard (so you’ll actually play).
And if you lose track of this article, no worries. Our range of quality Shot darts mats will take away the guesswork – it has the essential distances written on it, as well as providing that all important protection for your hardwood floors, while also saving dart points from themselves. Because any dart going three rounds with a concrete garage floor will always lose. To help your points stay, err, pointy, Shot bristle dartboards also feature staple free technology for fewer bounce outs.
The room you need for your darts setup
We recommend an area of at least 152cm W x 3.35m area of (about 5 feet wide by 11 feet long) for safe and enjoyable darts games. This will help look after you and your mates, and keep the furnishings in your games room, man-cave or she-shed nice and shipshape.
Lights, surrounds, action!
Ok, now you’ve got your area mapped out and measured, what else could you do to get the most out of your home darts games? If you’ve got great lighting in your darts space, you’re already going to have higher scores. But if it’s too dim, or casts weird shadows, you may want to add better light to the space or a light around your dartboard itself. Consider adding a dartboard surround to raise your game – it’s a lightweight, easily installed way to protect your walls, and bring a bit of style to your dart lane.