Buying a new dartboard is an important investment. You want to make sure you get the best
dartboard you can afford and that it stays in great condition. However, some dartboards can
deteriorate quickly and one sign of this is when dartboards bulge.
You will be able to tell when your dartboard begins to bulge because you will be able to see it with
the naked eye. One section or a larger area of the dartboard can begin to bulge out, towards you
and this becomes very obvious.
Why do dartboards bulge? Is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening?
Dartboards can bulge for a number of reasons and perhaps the most common is due to wear and
tear. Even the best dartboard will start to bulge following excessive use. Nothing lasts forever and
just like a car or computer, things will begin to go wrong with a dartboard.
However, the first thing you should do is buy a quality dartboard. A good example is the Assassin
Blade Pro dartboard from IgnatGames. This is made of super dense premium-grade Kenyan sisal
and should last for a long time. To help prevent the dartboard from bulging, you should rotate the
This means moving the scoring ring around the dartboard so you are not constantly hitting the same
segment of the board. The more you repeatedly hit the same segment, the more likely it is to bulge.
There are two other main reasons as to why dartboards bulge and the first of those is moisture. If
the sisal fibers are exposed to moisture they will swell and begin to pull away from the backing of
the dartboard. If you leave your dartboard in an area which is subject to moisture, such as outside,
this is only going to lead to damage of the board in the long term.
If you like playing darts outside, always bring the dartboard in with you when you have finished as
this will help to stop bulging.
Humidity is another reason why dartboards bulge. Even indoor environments can have high
humidity and the hotter the air, the more water it can contain. Much like moisture, any water which
gets into the fibers of the dartboard is going to lead to them swelling and pushing away from the
back of the board.
Needless to say, you should not use water on your dartboard for any reason. You may be tempted
to wash your dartboard if it is looking a little grubby but this is a bad idea and will lead to bulging.