The question of where and how to hang a dartboard has probably haunted every darts player—beginner or advanced. You see, oftentimes we are facing a big dilemma.
Dartboards need to be hung, and this usually involves a little bit of drilling or damaging the wall. But not all places will allow us to do so.
So we need to get creative.
One way to hang a dartboard may be by using command strips.
Can you hang a dartboard with Command Strips? You can hang a dartboard with command strips. Command strips can hold up to 16 lbs of weight and are capable of hanging a standard dartboard, which weighs between 10 to 12 lbs, on a wall or a door. Command strips are an easy solution to hang a dartboard without damaging the wall.
If you want to hang a dartboard with command strips, there are a few things that you have to make sure are covered first. Otherwise, you are risking dropping your dartboard from a significant height or damaging the wall.
Below I cover all the caveats and more.
First, before you begin, you need to know if command strips will even be capable of keeping your dartboard on the wall. For that, you will have to know how much your dartboard weighs and how much weight command strips can handle.
How much a dartboard weighs varies on the type and the quality of the dartboard.
High-quality steel-tip dartboards weigh, on average, about 10 to 12 pounds. Electronic dartboards will weigh between 4 to 12 pounds. While soft tip dartboards may weigh between 2 to 4 pounds. Velcro dartboards weigh about 10 ounces up to about 2 pounds.
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How much weight can command strips hold?
After examining how much do the different dartboards weigh, let’s take a look at how much weight can command strips hold.
In order for a dartboard to be hung on the wall with a command strip we need one that can safely hold not just the weight of the dartboard—we also need a command strip strong enough to account for the weight of the darts and the other forces which it will be subjected to when the dart hits the dartboard and when you are removing the darts, as well.
There are a few different types of command strips that you can choose from. There are small, medium, large, and a few other types. The small and medium command strips are not suitable to hold a dartboard (at least not a standard dartboard). They are designed to hold smaller and more lightweight objects.
The small command strips are designed for hanging objects that are 8 inches by 10 inches in size and weigh no more than 4 pounds.
The medium command strips can hold objects that are 18 inches by 24 inches, and the strip’s weight limit is 12 pounds. Those technically could be used for hanging a dartboard on a wall. However, they are just about covering the minimum requirements that we are looking for, so I would not recommend them.
The large command strips have been designed to hold pictures, mirrors, wall clocks, dry erase boards, and more. Four pairs of those will hold about 16 pounds of weight with a maximum object size of 24 inches by 36 inches. These check all the boxes as dartboards are about 10 to 12 pounds in weight and about 18 inches in diameter.
The large command strips also manage to give a little bit of leeway, so they are the ones that should be used. You can find more information and the current price on Amazon by following this link.
(I recommend the bigger 14 pair pack of command strips, as the other packs may not provide you with enough command strips, especially if you will be hanging other stuff on the wall like a scoreboard.)
How to hang a dartboard with command strips
Before you begin, make sure to clean the wall and the backside of the dartboard. Use a cloth with some rubbing alcohol. You do not want to soak the cloth, the wall, or your dartboard with alcohol. Use just enough to clean any dust and dirt from the surfaces.
Command strips come in pairs. Separate the command strips and press them together until they click. Each pair like that will hold 4 pounds of weight. This means that for your dartboard, you will need to use at least 4 pairs.
Put the strips vertically. The gravity pulls the dartboard down, and a horizontally placed command strip will be weaker and easier to pull down. Its width is just a tad over 0.5 inches while the long side is a little over 3.6 inches. So you want the gravity to pull towards the 3.6 inches, not the 0.5.
Peel off the liner on one side and apply it to the dartboard’s backboard. Two pairs can be placed on the left side, one underneath the other, and two pairs can be placed on the right side of the dartboard.
I would also suggest placing one or two pairs more in the middle, just for extra safety. They can also be placed in a circular fashion around the edges of the dartboard.
Next, remove the remaining liners and press the dartboard on the wall. Press firmly each side and area where there are command strips for at least 30 seconds.
Now peel the dartboard off the wall by grabbing and lifting the dartboard from the bottom. Do not pull the dartboard straight off. This should take the dartboard off the wall and separate each of the two command strip pairs leaving one on the dartboard and the other on the wall.
Press firmly on all the command strips that are on the wall for at least 30 seconds each to ensure they have attached properly.
Now leave the strips for at least 1 hour to bond fully to the wall.
When ready, reattach the dartboard by aligning the command strips and firmly pressing on them until they click.
For a more visual explanation of how to use the commands strips, check out this quick video:
Can you hang a dartboard with command strips on every wall?
Not all walls will be suitable for hanging a dartboard with command strips. Some walls will be just too uneven to allow the adhesive to stick properly to the wall. Wallpapers are also out of the question as they will not be able to hold the dartboard’s weight and may eventually tear apart.
How to remove a dartboard that has been hung with command strips?
Never pull the dartboard straight off the wall, because you are risking damaging the wall.
Follow the instruction on the back of the command strips packaging.
You should pull the dartboard carefully and slowly up and away from the wall by holding the dartboard on the bottom—the same way you did when peeling the dartboard while installing the command strips on the wall.
What other darts accessories can you attach on the wall with command strips?
Since command strips can be used to hang even fairly heavy objects to the wall, we can certainly take advantage of that. What I mean is that there are a few more things that you can hang on your wall beside your dartboard.
The first thing is your darts scoreboard. I have reviewed the best darts scoreboards, and they do not weigh more than 1.5 to 3 pounds. This means that a scoreboard will be easy to hang on the wall.
After reviewing the best dartboard surrounds, I have found that their weight can vary a lot depending on the type, size, and overall quality of the surround. Generally speaking, dartboard surrounds weigh between 1.5 to 15 pounds. This means that depending on what surround you go with, you may be able to hang it on your wall with some extra command strips.
Dartboard cabinets are a different animal altogether. They are heavy, and usually, the dartboard and other darts accessories all are attached to the cabinet, making the whole thing even heavier. Dartboard cabinets on their own, depending on the quality, materials can weigh between 5 to more than 20 pounds. (In most cases, hanging a dartboard cabinet with command strips will be out of the question.)
Other darts accessories that you can hang on your wall using command strips include:
- A darts out chart.
- A darts holder.
- Dartboard lighting.
In addition to that, you can—depending on the flooring you have—attach your oche line to the floor using a command strip.
Are there downsides to hanging a dartboard with command strips?
Command strips are sometimes the perfect solution for renters and dorm residents as they allow them to hang something on their wall, door, or other surfaces without drilling holes or otherwise damaging the wall.
However, commands strips do also have their downsides.
Your dartboard might fall
Make sure to follow the recommended installation steps to the T. Not doing so may result in the command strips not sticking properly or losing their stickiness.
Conversely, even if you do follow the instructions, it is still possible for the command strips to lose their stickiness. This could happen due to changes in humidity, moisture, and room temperature.
This is why if I were using command strips to hang my dartboard on the wall, I would take a few safety precautions.
First, do not place the dartboard over your bed, chair, or anything that may get hurt or damaged if the dartboard were to fall.
Second, placing something on the floor underneath the dartboard that will provide cushioning if the dartboard were to happen is a good idea. This will prevent both the dartboard and the flooring from getting damaged.
Dartboards are relatively heavy, and you need something thicker like a sofa pillow, for example.
The command strips might damage the wall
Normally command strips are safe and do not damage the wall. However, in some rare cases, it could happen.
Command strips may damage the wall if pulled straight off it or if the walls are painted with cheap paint.
Command strips can be used only once
Once you attach your command strips onto your dartboard and to the wall, there is no going back.
This means that if you want to change the location of your dartboard, or even worse, have not hung the dartboard at the right height, you will have to use more command strips and replace the ones on the wall.
If you want to rotate your dartboard, you will have to remove the command strips—this time from the dartboard.
In any case, you can expect to go through at least a few command strips regularly.
This is why I recommend the bigger value pack of command strips (link to Amazon) as mistakes do happen, and it is always better to have a few backup command strips.