What is essential when buying a backing for dart board?
What are the essentials to consider before taking the plunge and buying a dart board backing? These products aren’t always cheap, so don’t make an impulse buy before giving it some serious thought. The considerations and features below are the ones we’ve used to create our reviews and are what we consider the most important aspects of the backing.
First and foremost is wall protection. This is 100% essential. The whole point of buying a backing is to protect the wall, whether you need to protect the paintwork or you’re worried about the structural integrity of the wall itself. If you have a drywall style covering then darts can even make holes in your wall if you do not have a proper protector set up on the wall.
All of the options on our list offer some protection, but consider the size you need. How big a space are you working with? How likely are you or other darts players to accidentally throw a long way from the board?
Another bonus of a backing can be the fact that it offers a bit more safety to users. If your darts bounce out of the backing then they can fly off and pose a threat to someone nearby. The goal is for the darts to nestle perfectly within the backing. It should be a bit like an extension of the outside of the board.
Often, this comes down to the material that has been used. Some people like to use cork for their backing as this is historically very good at nestling darts within with no problems. The Viper Defender III Backboard & Sisal/Bristle Steel Tip Dartboard Bundle also shows that you can use foam in order to encourage the darts to stick within. There are plenty of options and different ways for you to keep the backing giving enough protection by keeping the darts sinking in rather than bouncing back.
How easy is the product to mount? This is something that varies hugely. If you are not the most competent at DIY then you might find it a bit tricky to mount some of the backings, whereas others click together with ease and can be easily mounted onto the wall
It isn’t just about how simple the mounting process is, though. It’s important that the mount is done well to avoid rattling, and the way it is mounted can also avoid a thump sound on the wall every time a dart nestles within. We’ve named the Dart-Stop 36 inch Professional Dart Board Backboard the best for mounting as it has anchors and a very sturdy design that allows it to screw within the wall. If your dart board is going to see a lot of use then you should make sure it sits flush to the wall and is mounted very well.
Type (material, surface)
What sort of material and surface is on offer with the dart board? This is something to think about before you buy. As we’ve already discussed, there are a number of different materials that can be used including foam and MDF as well as other woods and cork board. However, as well as the main part of the backing, there’s often a covering. The Viper Defender III Extended Length Dartboard Surround Wall Protector is covered in velvet, which keeps it looking better even after a lot of use.
How does it perform? Does it keep the darts within? Does it hold up to punishment? Does it wobble when the darts stick inside? It’s well worth looking through the reviews of the backing in order to check how the backing performs.
What does it look like? This is still something to think about when it comes to buying a dart board. You may have a rec room or games room that you want to look as good as possible. Materials such as sturdy woods and velvet coverings can help you to find a dart board that looks great. Obviously, this comes down to personal preference.
How big is the backing? If you’re not likely to hit near the dart board and your aim is off then you should definitely pay close attention to the size of the dart board. If you have a bigger space it might be the case that a big dart board backing is needed. If your board is installed on a smaller space, consider something compact like the CyeeLife-18in Dartboard Surround PU-ONE Piece.
Consider whether there are any extras included with the dart board? Does it have a scoreboard attached or even some darts to play with and to make your practice easier? Manufacturers often add their own little extras to try and make their board backing a more attractive proposition.
Naturally, the price is bound to play a part. If you are on a budget, there’s no point in spending huge amounts on the backing. It is more important that you ensure you get adequate coverage rather than spend a lot of money on fancy features and extras.