Can a Dartboard Be Hung on Drywall?

Can a Dartboard Be Hung on Drywall

Key Takeaways

  • Yes, you can hang a dartboard on Drywall with or without the use of screws.
  • The tools you will need to hang your dartboard properly include, a drill, screws, wall anchors, pencil, a measuring tape and a stud finder.
  • It should take no more than an hour to mount to easily mount to the wall.
  • Hanging dartboards can also be secured in place using self-tapping anchors, or command strips, without the use of a drill.

Can You Hang a Dartboard on Drywall?

Yes, you can mount a dartboard on drywall. However, it is crucial to hang the board on a wall stud to support the dartboard’s weight, or else it might rip the screws off the wall. Of course, if you don’t want to use screws, there are other options.

Mounting a Dartboard on Plasterboard or Drywall

To mount your dartboard on plasterboard or drywall, there are different routes you can take.

If you have access to a drill, and you don’t mind putting a hole in the wall, drilling into one of the studs is my preferred options to properly hang a dartboard strong, securely and flush to the wall.

To hang the dartboard with screws, you will need anchors to screw into, which will support far more weight on the wall.

  • Self-tapping anchors can be used without the use of a drill and won’t damage your wall.
  • Command strips are also an option if you don’t want to use screws at all. 

How to Hang a Dartboard on Drywall?

  1. Locate the Studs: Use a stud finder to locate the studs behind the plasterboard or drywall.
  2. Once you’ve found the stud position, mark it with a pencil.
  3. Now measure the height and distance for your dartboard according to the professional rules and regulations.
  4. A dartboard’s height from the floor should measure 5 foot 8 inches from the center of the bullseye.
  5. Your throwing line, i.e. the distance from the face of the dartboard to where you will throw from, should measure 7 foot 9.25 inches.
  6. You can use anything you like to mark the throwing line, from a piece of wood to tape.
  7. Measure and mark the wall for bracket position: Utilize a pencil or chalk to indicate precisely where you plan to fasten the bracket. Take your time and make sure that it’s level horizontally and vertically.
  8. Use screws carefully to attach the bottom cup section of the bracket: After determining precisely where you’d like your bracket, mount it with screws in the place you have marked on the wall.
  9. Place the dartboard onto the secure bracket: Carefully insert both ends of your mounting base directly into each cup section at either end of your dartboard hole after mounting brackets entirely onto the wall.
  10. You now have a fully set up your dartboard to the correct height and distance measurements.

If locating the stud is not possible for some reason, don’t worry because you have other options which I will explain further down.

Finding a Stud in the Wall

If you’re not a DIY person, you might not know how to find the stud.

How to find a stud in the wall behind?

  1. Start by using a stud finder or magnetic stud locator to scan the walls’ surface. Move the device vertically along the wall until you hear a beep or see an indication of a stud on the display screen.
  2. Once you have located one edge of the stud, move to either side of it by an inch or two and run the device again. This will help determine its width.
  3. If you are not using any tools, examine the wall for nail heads or screws that might reveal where a stud is located.
  4. If there are no visible signs of studs, knock along the wall’s surface with your knuckles. Listen out for dull thuds rather than hollow resonating sounds emanating from empty areas over possible placement locations
  5. Occasionally, outlets or light switches are mounted directly into a stud. Examine any existing fixtures on your walls, as this can sometimes reveal where wooden frames are situated.

Using Wall Anchors

When hanging your dartboard using screws, one thing you will definitely need to use is a wall anchor.

A dartboard weighs between 10–12 pounds, and anchors allow more weight to be held than screws alone. A wall anchor can support up to 50 pounds, and without using an anchor, the weight limit is around 20 pounds.

If you only use screws, there is a risk that the weight of the board, could potentially dislodge the screws and fall off the wall.

If you use a dartboard cabinet, that’s even more weight to support and consider.

Using Self Tapping Anchors

If you don’t have access to a drill, a dartboard can still be hung using self-tapping drywall anchors.

You can use plastic or metal anchors, and both work well. However, I would recommend using metal self-tapping anchors as it’s better for securing a flush hold to the wall.

How to Mount a Dartboard Using Self-Tapping Anchors?

  • Mark the anchor position.
  • Set the tip of the anchor into the wall by pushing it into the wall to create the pilot hole.
  • Apply pressure, while you screw the anchor into the wall. Make sure the head of the anchor is flush to the wall.
  • Now screw your screws into the anchors.

How to Hang a Dartboard Without Screws?

Using Command Strips 

A good option without using screws or drilling into the wall is to use command strips.

  • They are probably the best way to hang a board if you don’t want to drill into the wall.
  • Command strips are also easy to remove without damaging any walls.

Command strips come in different sizes which can hold differing amounts of weight. Make sure you use the largest type of one to make sure the strips can carry the weight of the board.

Usually the largest size can carry up to 16 pounds, however make sure you know the weight capacity before purchasing.

Hanging a Dartboard Without Screws

  1. Clean and dry the area where you want to mount the dartboard.
  2. Apply adhesive strips to the back of your mounting bracket. Make sure to use enough strips according to the weight of your dartboard.
  3. Attach the mounting bracket to the wall and press firmly for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the liner from each strip (one at a time) and apply pressure for an additional 30 seconds per strip to ensure proper adhesion.
  5. Place your dartboard onto the mounting bracket and make sure it is secure before starting your game.

It’s important to note that, in case of humidity or temperature changes, it’s advised to replace strips every six months or less.

Protecting Your Wall

Darts are all about precision and accuracy, which takes time to develop and get good at.

Even the very best are not completely accurate 100% of the time, however when you are new to the game, inaccuracy and stray darts is a common problem.

The wall behind a dartboard can end up littered with holes very quick.

  • If you don’t want to have to carry out constant drywall repair, it’s a good idea to protect the wall with a backing board or a cabinet put behind a dartboard.
  • Certain materials, behind a board, can also do wonders for soundproofing the thud of darts. 

A cabinet is the standard dartboard surround that most players opt for, but any kind of barrier that cushions the tip of a dart penetrating the wall will work, like cork boards for example.

FAQs About Can a Dartboard Be Hung on Drywall?

What Are Some Considerations for Drywall Dartboard Installation?

When installing a dartboard on drywall, it’s important to consider the weight of the dartboard, its distance and height regulations, as well as the type of anchors or hardware to use. Additionally, adding a backboard behind the dartboard to prevent damaging the wall is recommended.

What Are the Best Options for Anchoring a Dartboard on Drywall?

If a wall stud isn’t available, toggle bolts and anchors are the best alternative, particularly hollow metal or plastic anchors, which increase the holding power. Command strips can also be used but must be checked to ensure they can support the weight of the dartboard.

What Should I Put Behind the Dartboard When Hanging It on Drywall?

A backboard should be put behind the dartboard to prevent darts from damaging the drywall.

Can a Standard Dartboard Be Hung on Drywall?

Yes, a standard dartboard can be hung on drywall. However, it’s important to ensure that the weight of the dartboard is properly supported by either a wall stud or appropriate anchors, and that a backboard is also used to prevent damage to the drywall.


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