Dartboard Surrounds (Some Great Ideas for Your Man Cave)

“One hundred and eighty!”, Yeah, we’d all like to hear that more often. The key is to practice. Dartboards are a great addition to your man cave. They are easy to fit, take up very little space and can provide hours of entertainment for both you and your guests. However, until you get to the level where you can ‘pick a double’, you will probably miss occasionally. To keep the walls of your man cave looking nice, we’ve assembled a list of dartboard surrounds that also look great.

Let’s see if we hit the bullseye…

1. Mission Darts Dartboard Surround

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. If you are looking for a cheap dartboard surround that is easy to fit, then you are in the right place.

This flexible polymer board surround is available in three colours, black, red and blue, so you should be able to find one that matches your current colour scheme. The polymer works really well as it will also prevent ‘bounce outs’ if you have gone astray with your ‘arrers’. This means that not only does it protect the wall, but it will keep your floor looking pristine too!

I really like how easy this is to put up. Just slide it over your dartboard for a perfect fit.

I Liked:

  • How easy it was to fit
  • That it grips and holds the points when you miss the board
  • It’s blank, so you can personalise it (or put pictures of your boss around the edges)

I Didn’t Like:

  • It is a little basic for the money.
  • It does make you look like an amateur
  • When not in use, it is a pain to store.

2. Winmau Dartboard Surround

This one is a little similar to our effort above. Remember how I was cribbing about it looking a little amateur? Here’s the answer. The main difference being that this is emblazoned with the Winmau logo and looks like something you’d see at the back of the board on the PDC circuit.

While it specifies it is to be used with Winmau dartboards, most dartboards are a standard size anyway, so you should be good to go.

You also have a choice of five colours. My favourite is the white dartboard surround, as it doesn’t seem to dominate the wall quite so much.

The good news about this rubber dartboard surround is that you can mount it on free-standing dartboard holders too.

I Liked:-

  • The quality, it looks like something you’d see in a club
  • The choice of colours
  • The size is perfect for hiding an LED surround.

I Didn’t Like:

  • Aside from the logo, it isn’t much different from cheaper options.
  • Again, a bit of a storage issue when not in use.

 

3. Dart Backboard EVA Reversible Dart Board Surround

Ok, so I keep harping on about storage issues…

So, what’s the answer.

In a word, this rubber dartboard surround. Why? Because it breaks down into quarters that slot together, a little like a jigsaw. It has the same fit and characteristics as our one-piece dartboard surrounds.

And there’s a little extra.

You’ll be saving money on two sets of darts as they come included as part of the deal. I think that’s pretty sweet!

There aren’t many downsides. My only minor gripe is that this dartboard surround is only available in black, making the wall look slightly smaller.

I Liked:-

  • How easy this dartboard surround is to store when not in use.
  • It fits perfectly with most dartboards
  • The fact that you get darts included as part of the package.

I Didn’t Like

  • The limited choice of colour

4. Target Darts Corona Vision Dartboard Lighting System

It doesn’t long to realise that seeing pin-sharp detail on the dartboard improves your score.

Check this out.

This is a dartboard wall protector and LED dartboard surround all in one.

The protector is similar to our suggestions above; however, it comes with an additional board mounted ring that illuminates the entirety of your dartboard. It uses a total of 123 LED lights that give a strong and very bright light meaning you can pick out the treble twenty (before you fail to hit it).

The great thing about this system is that you don’t get any harsh shadows or contrasts. In case you were wondering, the LED’s are mounted in a robust tube to prevent them from being damaged by your wayward shots.

It is powered by mains electricity so provided your board is near to a plug socket, you should be good to go.

I Liked

  • How bright these lights are, as a dartboard surround with lights goes, it is as bright as you will get!
  • It also protects your wall!

I Didn’t Like

  • I find the ring a little off-putting. It feels a little like throwing down a tube.
  • it is hard to store
  • If you aren’t near a plug socket, you’ll have wires trailing everywhere.

5. WINMAU Professional Dart Set

Speaking of tidiness, this is a great solution. This dartboard surround and cabinet is great for several reasons.

First, the cabinet keeps your room looking tidy. When the dartboard is not used, the doors fold inwards to give a really low profile and clean look.

When you have a game, the doors open out to offer a swish looking scoreboard, and there’s also a small shelf to hold your darts. Aside from being useful to see how badly you are losing, this also helps to protect the wall behind the board.

For the money, this is a great package. You also get two sets of darts and a Winmau dartboard. (and a stick of chalk… fancy).

There aren’t many downsides. If I was being super picky, I’d say that this dartboard surround will cause your big misses to bounce out, so you will need to be careful with your floor.

I Liked:

  • How compact the cabinet was
  • The included extras, the board on its own, is super high quality
  • It’s an all-in-one darts solution

I Didn’t Like:

  • The bounce-outs
  • It’s quite heavy, so will need secure fixings
  • It can be a little dark and hard to see inside the cabinet (yes, I opened the doors)

6. GnatGames Dart Board Cabinet Sets – Dartboard Cabinet with Innovative LED System

If a plain old black dart surround doesn’t suit your taste, this one has a more fresh and modern look. It is the ideal cabinet if your mancave has an ‘American bar’ style theme. You’ll be able to pick from three different designs, with such beautiful names as ‘custom American bike, car travel through America, or New York yellow cab”.

And you actually get a little extra with this set…

It contains interior lighting, flooding your board with bright white LED generated light.

For the younger gentleman, this is ideal. It looks really eye-catching and really trendy.

Downsides?

Yeah, a few.

First, while you get an interior light, you don’t get a board or darts. Considering that with the well established Winmau brand above, you get pretty much all of the above, it’s starting to look a little expensive.

But let me sweeten the deal. Remember how I was moaning about having to mount lights near a plug socket. With this board, you don’t have a problem as it can be powered by a portable battery or even your laptop (brave).

I Liked

  • How modern and funky this dartboard light surround looks
  • That it can be powered from a portable battery
  • It includes dart holders mounted on the inside of the door

I Didn’t Like

  • That I didn’t get a board as well as the cabinet
  • I had to find my own darts
  • It is risky playing with your laptop open nearby (ask me how I know)

7. Target Darts Home Darts Cabinet Set

If you look at the above cabinets and find them a little too steep for your taste, here’s a great alternative. It is significantly better value…

And it’s got Phil ‘the power’ Taylor on the box… If that doesn’t sell it, I don’t know what will.

Target is a budget dart brand. However, for the ‘chuck and hope’ player (and let’s face it, if you were that good, you wouldn’t need a dartboard surround), it is more than adequate.

As with the Winmau dartboard surround, you’ll find everything you need to have a quick game of ‘around the clock, including a board, darts, a drywipe pen.

The board is lighter in colour. I find that this actually looks a little better than the Winmau dartboard cabinet. It somehow seems a bit brighter and less imposing.

I Liked:

  • That this is a pretty cheap dartboard surround, with plenty of extras
  • It’s endorsed by some big names in darts
  • Its another all-in-one package

I Didn’t Like:

  • Again it is heavy, so it needs to be securely mounted
  • Again, the bounce-outs, mind your feet!

Conclusion

Dartboard surrounds allow you to improve. How? Well, you can throw with confidence and aren’t afraid to make the odd mistake. When you throw in (pun intended) a mix of LED lighting and some classy looking cabinets, I think this is the ideal way to add an interesting sports feature to your man cave.

 

 

 

 

 

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