Especially when it starts to get cold in the fall and winter months, people retreat into their own four walls. This is especially true in times of the Corona pandemic. But the cold season is also the wedding of darts. It's not for nothing that many hobby players set up their own darts room to pursue the hottest pastime in the world. But there are a few things you should keep in mind to give your own retreat a certain flair. In this blog post you will find a few inspirations, what should not be missing in the development of your dart room.
On social media, players are always sharing what their dart rooms at home look like. It is striking that there are no limits to creativity. We would like to show you how we would arrange our personal dart room. Besides the classic utensils, which are indispensable, the devil is often in the details. Especially at the time of the World Darts Championship, the atmosphere should fit accordingly.
First, you should think about where certain things will find their place in your darts room. The basic darts equipment includes, for example, the dartboard, the dart rack and the surround that protects the wall from misses.
Let's start with the board, because it is certainly the most important item in your dart room, next to your own darts, which we assume at this point. With the dartboard it is important that the wire is as thin as possible to avoid bouncers and thus also to protect the floor. With Winmau, Unicorn and Target there are three well-known manufacturers whose dartboards are perfectly suitable. However, we recommend the Winmau Blade 5, as it enjoys the best reputation in the entire darts scene - be it in terms of durability or bouncers.
In the next step, you should ask yourself whether you want to attach the board firmly to the wall. This is important because the wall often transmits the sound of the impact of the arrows. Especially if you have neighbors in the same building or a row house that borders another, this can lead to complaints from the neighbors in the long run. But we have a solution for this as well. With the Winmau dart stand your board stands bombproof. In addition, it no longer transmits sound due to the decoupling to the wall.
But your system is only complete with a decent surround. And here we come to the so-called WDS - the Wooden Dartboard Surround. In our store you can choose between a noble surround made of wood, the classic catch ring or an individually printed version. In case of a fixed mounting on the wall, the Wooden Dartboard Surround looks much better than an ordinary catch ring. In the case that you use a dartboard stand, a surround - perhaps printed with a few individual words, makes more sense. But the dartboard wall protector is an absolute must for your sports room.
If your equipment in the darts room is now in place, then you can venture to the oche. Here, too, there are different ways to furnish the room stylishly. The simplest solution is a so-called dart carpet. With this you have a protection under the board for your floor and get the throw line displayed on the carpet. In the case of a dart carpet, however, make sure that you have an elevation at the drop line so that you don't subconsciously step over it.
To exclude this right from the start, you can also build an oche yourself. In this way, you come relatively close to the system as it is constructed at the PDC. You can make the oche out of wood and cover it with some kind of felt to match the color of the rest of the darts room.
Now you have your entire board system. But how do you turn the sports room into your own little Ally Pally? It depends, as so often in life, on the details to give the room that certain extra. One of those details is the illumination of the entire board area. The dartboard must not cast any shadows that could irritate you while playing darts. A perfect illumination offers, for example, the PLASMA dartboard lighting from Winmau. It does not interfere, is easy to install and illuminates the board perfectly. By the way, the lack of dart lighting is a common reason why players lose the feeling for the distance to the dartboard. So do not underestimate this aspect!
But what if the World Darts Championship is on TV and you want to watch it during your training? Well, in this case a TV should not be missing. Many hobby players are always at the board when a darts event is running live at the same time. So it makes sense that if there is enough space in your dart room you hang a TV on the wall here to be able to follow the many darts tournaments a year.
So now your darts room has everything it needs, right? Not quite yet! A few small things are still missing. For example a wall mounted screen or something similar with a darts program like N01. N01 is a program that shows you how many points you have left, how you are doing in the game and where your average is. These stats are also provided by many apps, but with a fixed screen on the wall both players have their stats always visible at a glance.
We also recommend that beginners hang a checkout table next to the board or somewhere else that is clearly visible. There's nothing worse than having to think for a long time about which way to play for a finish. Every too long interruption while thinking about the right checkout way can bring you out of the rhythm.
The last item in your darts room is a display cabinet. Real darts lovers make sure that their materials, trophies and other trinkets related to darts are carefully stored. And where better to do this than in a beautiful glass display case. Be it the jersey of your favorite player, your own darts or other accessories or the winner's trophy from the last small darts tournament among friends.
And now: have fun preparing your dart room.