Dartboards and rec rooms are certainly not strangers to each other. They are pretty much standard equipment. You’re probably pretty good and have no issue hitting the target… most of the time. No matter how good you are that one dart in a thousand that you miss is going to leave an unsightly pin hole on your wall. At some point, you’re going to have uncoordinated guests over. Maybe it’s a party. Maybe there’s alcohol at this party. Now imagine your inebriated, uncoordinated guests playing darts. Those clowns are going to make your walls look like Swiss cheese. You may have the thought, “Gee. I wish they made wall protection for dartboards.” Rest easy friend. They do indeed make wall protection for dartboards. Let your buddies here at radicalrecrooms.com give you a rundown of the brands, features and best deals for you.
GLD Products is one of the leading manufacturers of wall protectors. The Defender III features an extended profile that covers 8.2 sq ft. The 1-inch thick foam padding is sure to protect your walls from any metal-tipped dart. This protector is designed to fit snugly around any regulation 18-inch board. Because of this snug fit, there’s no need for additional mounting hardware or tools. The surface is also reversible. Flip it over when one side gets chewed up. That practically doubles the product lifetime. The velvet surface minimizes any wear and tear. Some have complained that a gap does exist once installed. Be sure you have an 18-inch board before you purchase.
The Defender III would be the wall protector to get if you frequently have guests over. These guests will have varying skill levels and may not be counted on to hit the dartboard.
This 29in X 29in board features a dark mahogany frame and a velvet backing. The box can accommodate boards up 24 inches wide. The backboard does include mounting hardware. The Viper Wood Framed Backboard mounts to the wall with four screws. Additionally, this Viper frame includes a bracket to hold the actual dartboard in place. Purchasers seem to love the way the board looks but some have complained about darts not sticking into the board. This backboard is better suited for higher skilled players who don’t need the extended area protection of more expensive backboards.
Another good choice in the ring-style of wall protectors is made by W.M. Darts. This W.M wall protector fits all regulation size dartboards. It offers wall protection in a 5 1/4 inch zone around the board. It is reversible. This effectively doubles the lifespan of the product. The board is constructed from high-quality EVA foam and assembles in 15 seconds. This is a commercial grade product suitable for pubs or the home. Again, keep in mind that ring-style protectors offer more limited protection than an extended length pad.
This is a ring-style model from Viper, one of the biggest names in darting. It fits any standard 18″ dartboard. It provides a 5″ protective radius around the board. An inch thick of high-density foam will keep darts away from your wall. It’s easy to assemble and provides a snug fit around the board. This eliminates the need for any additional mounting hardware. The Viper Defender has a velvet surface that minimizes signs of wear. As with other models, this is reversible. Chew up one side, then flip it over. Viola! Double the life of the board!
- Plush “no holes” fabric finish– will not show dart holes. No wood frame to be marred by dart holes.
- Recessed pre-installed dartboard mounting bracket for wobble-free performance. Mounts the dartboard solidly without the hassle of shims, wedges or feet.
- Ready to wall mount: Steel-reinforced mounting points for secure wall attachment. 3 inch screws and anchors included.
- Very substantial and durable: 3/4 inch thick engineered wood backing; 1 inch overall thickness.
- Handcrafted in the USA. Includes wall mounting instructions and hardware to easily mount dartboard at standard/ regulation height.
There you go. Wall protection for dartboards is a wonderful thing. Just think how happy your walls will be. Just think how happy you will be. Thank us later.