The appeal of a good and hearty game of darts is practically universal. It doesn’t matter where you come from, or how old you are; you’re most probably going to enjoy a game of darts with your friends in any setting. Dart games are fast-paced, exciting and so much fun when you pair it with the right people to compete with. While many bars have an option on throwing darts with your friends, many of those who are ardent fans of the game prefer having their own dartboard at home.
With a dartboard at home, there are no restrictions on how many times you can play. Additionally, such a dartboard gives you more options to practice and hone your skills related to the game.
While a home dartboard is a great investment, there is a certain level of care and maintenance you have to invest in. One of the most important factors in the setting-up of a home dartboard is backing it up with the correct backboard.
It doesn’t matter even if you are the most experienced darts player in the world, every once in a while, you will find yourself in a situation where your throw will miss. In a bar or a tournament arena, this miss won’t really do much damage to the equipment. However, if it comes to the dartboard at home, a throw will probably land on a wall, causing damage.
This fear of damaged walls is sure to be even more if you’re still in the stage where you’re learning and trying to ace your game. Constantly throwing darts that miss and land on your walls may surely help you improve your game in the long run, but they do nothing for the decor. Not only do these puncture marks make your wall look ugly, but they also damage the structure.
This is one of the most important reasons to have a dartboard backboard. By having such a support structure, you will ensure that there will be no permanent damage to your walls. However, there are other reasons to invest in a dartboard backboard. Let’s take a closer look.
Reasons to Get a Dart Board Backboard
By now you must be clear that having a backboard for your dartboard is integral to maintaining the sturdiness and integrity of the walls surrounding the board and preventing it from looking like a cartoonish block of Swiss cheese.
Here are some other important reasons to get a dartboard backboard today!
1. Keeping Your Darts In The Best Condition
It doesn’t matter what kind of darts you use. Even soft-tip darts can damage a wall if thrown hard enough. Although such type of soft-tipped variants will do less damage that steel-tipped ones, your walls will have to bear the brunt. Most importantly, hitting any material that isn’t a dartboard can harm your darts and may require you to constantly buy new sets.
With a dartboard backboard, you can rest easy and actually enjoy your game since you won’t have to fret over the costs associated with buying new darts or even fixing up a damaged wall. Win-win? We think so!
2. Protecting Your Wall
Never in the history of humankind has anyone actively sought out to create a wall that’s full of asymmetrical and ugly-looking holes. After all, you want your house to be a place that’s inviting and comfortable, as opposed to a place that looks like it was terrorized by a group of angry insects or sharp objects.
Apart from this, a wall with holes from darts is sure to get damaged easily when you compare it with a wall that is sturdy and unharmed. If you have a wall that’s plaster, the damage is even more prominent and pronounced. Fixing such wall damage is a costly and time-consuming affair.
Instead, the best way to stay a step ahead and prevent wall damage is to set up a dartboard backboard.
3. Maintaining The Right Design Aesthetic
Dartboards are cool and everything, but they rarely look good as a stand-alone feature in a room as they would in a bar or tavern setting. In bars, they’ll blend into the setting, but at home, they’ll stand out like an eyesore. The overall look and feel of a room in your house are such that it promotes feelings of comfort and familiarity. A standalone dartboard in this setting will look tacky at best, and at worst, it’ll look out of place and like you’re trying too hard.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to invest in setting up a backboard that looks classy and elegant while fitting into the decor and overall outlay of the room. Additionally, a good backboard helps in making your dartboard look good too.
DIY Dartboard Wall Protector and BackBoard Ideas
There are many benefits to buying a dartboard backboard if you so desire. They’ll surely protect your wall from any stray stabs or pricks, and consequently, they will also be easy to buy. However, the best benefit of making your own backboard is that you can customize it any way you like to suit your vision.
While you can buy a mass-produced board, the best thing to do is create your own. This gives you a great deal of creative freedom to craft something that reflects your tastes and design sensibilities. Additionally, with a DIY backboard, you can factor in the measurements and dimensions of your unique playing space and customize your board to fit it perfectly.
1. Wooden Backboard with LED Lights
If you’re looking for something that will jazz up not just your dartboard, but also the whole room, a wooden backboard may be just what you’re looking for. Usually, the wood used for such backboards is reclaimed and then it goes on to get buffed, treated, polished and stained as per your customization needs.
While a wooden backboard is pretty cool all in itself, LED lights will help you take it a step further. For the best, most professional-looking results, make sure to attach the LED light strip into a recess at the edges of the wood frame. This is key when it comes to making your DIY wooden backboard look like someone with experience made it. Additionally, this also hides the strip and the light fitting so as to let the LED glow project directly on the board’s surface.
While you may want to opt for lights that look cool and edgy, we recommend going for colour and brightness that aids you throwing, instead of hindering it. Colour-changing strips are also a great option since they are attractive and eye-catching, perfect for the times when you aren’t actively playing darts.
2. Cork Background Backboard
In case of a wooden Backboard, you’ll notice that stray darts just hit the board and fall, without leaving much damage. However, if your wooden backboard is not sturdy and good quality, it may not be able to withstand the throws.
On the other hand, when you opt for cork as your backboard material, they easily absorb the impact produced by a thrown dart. This means that your darts are not going to bounce all around the place, prompting you to pick them up constantly.
To make your own cork background Backboard, you can start by collecting the corks and treating them with colour or varnish if you prefer. Additionally, you could go au naturel and keep the corks as they are. Once you have the corks you need, glue them on to a wooden or metal surround that will be your backboard base. A mosaic-style helps keep the look very refreshing.
Once the board is completed, you could mount it on the desired wall as it is, or you can frame the whole thing for an added edge. Remember you can go as big or small as you want with such a dartboard. At the least, you can go for half a wall, and at most you may cover the whole wall.
3. Felt Background Backboard
As was the case with cork, even felt is a material that will help you keep any stray darts in check, as opposed to them landing all over the place. With a felt backboard, all you need to do is wrap up a wooden board with the material. You could choose any colour or pattern that you like. However, so as not to clash with your dartboard, ensure to select a colour like black or red.
To make it look clean and well-designed, add a wooden frame to this backboard. To ensure that this creation remains strong and sturdy, add joins at the corners, and some strong brackets at the back to support the extra weight of the dartboard.
To take it up a notch, add a picture light once you complete constructing this backboard. This will help bring the right level of attention to your dartboard.
4. Twirled Rope BackGround Backboard
Probably the cheapest, easiest to acquire and simplest material on the list, sing rope to create your backboard is equally ingenious and crafty. To get started with this, pick a thick rope that is sturdy enough to absorb any stray darts and the resulting impact. Avoid any thin ropes that may attract your attention as they won’t serve your purpose and keep your wall safe.
Starting from the centre of your backboard, coil the rope around in a pattern of your choice. You could go classic with a circular pattern or change things up with zig-zags. Ensure that you measure the dartboard and leave enough space for it in the centre. After you’ve glued down the rope in place, glue together any stray strands or fibres that crop up for a beautiful finished look.