Setting Up a Dart Board

Setting Up a Dart Board

The dart board is hung so that the center of the bullseye is 5'8" (1.74m) from the floor. The throwing line or oche is generally located 7'9.25" (2.37m) from the face of the dartboard measured horizontally.

When measuring the distance from the dart board to the toe line along the floor from the wall, care must be taken to include the distance from the wall to the front surface of the dartboard in the measurement to ensure proper placement. This procedure can be facilitated by tying a weight such as a large nut to a length of string and using it as a plumb bob by placing the other end of the string on the board's surface and letting the weight dangle near the floor. Place a mark on the floor with a piece of chalk and use this as the starting point for measuring the distance to the toe line.

An easier method is to measure diagonally from the center of the bullseye to the floor 115-3/8" or 9' 7 3/8" (2.931m). This will reduce the margin of error as long as the bullseye has been placed at the correct height and the floor and the wall make a right angle.

The National Darts Federation Of Canada (NDFC) specifies that the minimum length of the toe line must be 24" (610mm) long. Furthermore, a raised oche is specified and must be a minimum of 1.5" (38mm) high. Although a raised oche is preferred, in most applications, the toe line is a length of tape place along the floor parallel to the wall the dart board is mounted on.