This article will help you find the best dartboard cabinet for storing and displaying your board at home.
Sure, you can mount your dartboard directly to the wall, or even use a cheap backing surface to protect the surrounding area.
But if you’ve invested in a quality dartboard and want to maintain the board, while also protecting your wall and adding some design character to the room, you’ll want to mount that board in a cabinet or with a quality dart surround.
In either case, you’ll be adding a more secure and protective mounting accessory, along with a place to hang the scoreboard and store darts and other accessories such as extra flights and chalk.
So, assuming you already have a decent dartboard and a nice set of steel sip darts, let’s look at how you can choose the best dartboard cabinet for your needs. Then will give you some examples of high quality wood cabinets that work well with standard size bristle dartboards.
Here’s a table of contents to help you scroll to a section or one of the cabinets in our favorites list:
The Benefits of Buying a Dartboard Cabinet
Whether you play darts casually, or you’re a pro looking to enhance you skills, there’s always a chance that you’re going to miss the board and end up damaging your wall, or your floor.
A great way to protect your real-estate (and your dart tips) is to hang your board in the best dartboard cabinet.
At first glance, a dartboard cabinet may seem like a fancy way to display your dartboard in your bar or game room.
Yet this accessory offers a lot more than just aesthetic value.
Here are just some of the biggest benefits of using a dartboard cabinet:
The most obvious reason to purchase a dartboard cabinet is that it will protect both your darts and the areas around your dartboard, especially if you’re playing with steel tip darts.
If you miss the board, then your dart will hit the cabinet, instead of your wall.
At the same time, when you’re not playing darts, your cabinet will shut out any moisture or other elements in the atmosphere that could harm your dartboard over time.
This means that your investment should last for a lot longer.
Learn more about dartboard maintenance.
A dartboard cabinet does make your dartboard look more impressive. In a pub atmosphere where you want to convey a certain image for your bar, a dartboard cabinet also adds a level of sophistication.
The same can be said in a home-based game room or rec room. More on different styles of cabinets below.
Many dartboards come with extra features that help you to get the most out of your games.
You might have a chalkboard on the back of one of your doors where you can mark points in games with your friends.
Most of the best dartboard cabinets also come with a place to keep your darts when you’re not using them.
What to Look for in Dartboard Cabinet
If you have a bristle board, the cabinet will likely cost more than the board. It becomes a fixture in your home or bar. So if you have a quality dartboard and a nice place to throw darts, you don’t want to hang the board in an ugly or poorly made cabinet. Here are a few things to look for.
One of the first things to consider when searching for the best electronic dartboard is the style. Of course you’ll want to find something that matches the decor of your darting space.
If you have a clean modern space, there are plenty of cabinets with this look. And if you’re setting up your board in a barn, for example, you’ll likely go for a more rustic look. Luckily there’s a style out there for everyone. Here are some things to look for if you having trouble finding the right cabinet style:
Rustic Dartboard Cabinets
Cypress Wood Dartboard Cabinet
There are tons of great options in the category. These pieces will add some character to a room and are constructed from natural or repurposed wood, as in pallets or old doors, and designed with rustic finishes. Look for high-quality wood materials and handmade designs with heavy duty cabinet doors.
The modern style of cabinet is typically a simple and streamlined look with solid color panels, either wood or composite construction. This often work well in smaller spaces, as they are not as bulky as rustic wood cabinets, and do a good job of blending into the background and concealing your board when it’s not in use.
Team or Brand Focused
You’ll find any number of dartboard cabinets emblazoned with the logo of favorite team, brewery, comic book character, etc. These are popular choices for basements, game rooms and bars. Search around for quality cabinets that are either custom designed (more expensive) or sold by major brands and printed with your logo or design of choice.
Just like with a dartboard, the highest-quality dartboard cabinets need to be made with reliable and sustainable material. Cheaper dartboard cabinets may be formed from plywood, which will break very easily.
On the other hand, cabinets made from solid wood are more likely to protect your board and your darts for years to come.
Some of the most common kinds of woods used include:
- Poplar hardwood
- Cherry wood
Look for a cabinet built using a durable wood that has already been thoroughly polished and sanded. Additionally, you can find very nice rustic cabinet designs that are constructed from reclaimed wood.
Some electronic dartboards, like the Viper Neptune, even come with a traditional wood cabinet. This provides a nice combination of electronic features with classic looks. This type of set also provides a place to store your soft tip darts.
Many woods also come with a polymer coating which helps to protect your cabinet against things like moisture and exposure to the elements.
There are some dartboard cabinets available that are made from steel, though most people feel that these cabinets aren’t quite as attractive as their traditional wooden counterparts.
If you want a modern look, though, steel and even carbon fiber options are worth a look.
A dartboard cabinet is only useful if your board can fit in it. Don’t forget to measure the width and length of your wall space before you purchase your cabinet and double-check the size of your dartboard too.
Most cabinets will be built to suit the standard dartboard size, but if you have a custom board, you may need to opt for a custom cabinet too.
Learn more about proper measurements and mounting for your dart board.
Other than the style and materials, there are just a couple other things to look for: a dart scoreboard, dart holders, a quality mounting kit with hanging instructions, and lighting.
None of these are mandatory, except maybe the mounting kit and instructions, and you can also improvise with a scoreboard and darts storage. And integrated lighting is a luxury.
But if you want an all-on-one dart storage solution, look for something with these added features.
A Note About Scoreboards
You might find a mini chalkboard on the back of your cabinet doors, a whiteboard, or even an electric scoreboard to help you manage your points.
9 Dartboard Cabinets We Love
Ultimately, no-one can tell you which cabinet is the best dartboard cabinet for your needs. You’ll need to decide which features matter most to you and make your choice based on those characteristics.
To help with your decision, here are some of our favorite options available today.
LED Custom Oak Cabinet
This custom oak handmade dartboard cabinet would be a classy addition to any game room or man cave. You can customize the wood stain, with a variety of oil or water based paints or stains to choose from. It also has a felt backboard built in with several color options.
With two cricket scoreboards and six dart holders, this is an all-in-one dartboard storage and display solution.
This unit also features an LED accent light and comes with a pre-installed mounting clip for the board and hardware to mount the cabinet on the wall.
No doubt, Custom boards like this one are a little more expensive, but you get handmade craftsmanship and nice features – like the accent light – in return.
Barnwood Dartboard Cabinet
This is the epitome of a rustic dartboard cabinet. It’s made from heavy duty, rough sawn pine timbers and even has wrought iron pulls attached to the barn doors. Your board will be nice and cozy in this unit.
The downside is that this cabinet does not include dart holders or scoreboards. So, while not required, these accessories would provide a more complete package. We just like the looks and build quality of this one. You can always add a basic chalk or dry erase scoreboard.
The Metropolitan by GLD Products (Viper)
As a budget-friendly, modern and clean looking cabinet for your sisal dartboard, this is a good option. It’s made of solid pine with a mahogany finish. You can also get this with an oak or cinnamon finish if you prefer something a little lighter.
This cabinet also includes a black felt interior, for added protection and modern styling, plus a nice storage area below the board where you can store your darts and extra flights. It has two dry erase scoreboards and includes mounting hardware.
This would be our top choice if you’re looking for a simple, solid wood, and modern looking storage solution for your board.
Personalized Dart Board Cabinet
This rustic dartboard cabinet is made from solid wood. It comes in several different finish options, including pine, caramel, vineyard, noir, and provincial. It’s a quality cabinet that would go really well in a game room or pub. But it really makes a great gift due to the personalization option.
If you’re buying this for someone (or just for yourself) you can add the personalization in the comment section and they’ll stencil it in at the top of the board. This board also has darts holder on the interior of the cabinet doors.
NBA Dartboard Cabinet
One of the most popular styles of darts cabinets is the officially licensed team logo style. These are great for game rooms and sports bars.
Basically, take a basic solid wood cabinet and emblazon it with the logo of your favorite sports team. That’s the basic idea, but some of these cabinets are better than others.
Trademark Gameroom has been at this for a while and all their cabinets are made in the USA. This one in particular is made from solid pine – and while here we have the Charlotte Hornets team logo, you can find pretty much anytime from any major professional sports leagues in the US.
This cabinet has nice beveled doors too.
It come with everything you need to get started. That’s no exaggeration. Unlike most cabinets in this list, which are cabinets that don’t include a board or darts, this one includes steel tip darts, a regulation size sisal dartboard, dry-erase scoreboard with cricket numbers and an out chart for 01 games, and mounting hardware – see, we said everything.
The licensed team artwork is large and center on the front of the board and also at the top interior of each door.
Custom Reclaimed Wood Dartboard Cabinet
This cabinet, handmade by Miguels Woodworks and sold on Etsy, is constructed from reclaimed wood and other recycled materials. So you get the benefit of both quality hardwoods as well as the unique character and environmentally friendly aspect of using recycled materials.
You can customize these boards with different personalized designs or logos too.
While liquor and beer brands are popular, and rightly so, you could add pretty much any design you want. That’s what makes it custom- you communicate with the builder and get a unique board with your logo of choice in return.
Mounting hardware is also included.
The Hathaway CenterPoint Dartboard and Cabinet Set
The great thing about this dartboard cabinet set is that it comes with your dartboard already built-in, so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect fit.
The cabinet is constructed with half-inch thick North American poplar hardwood, with a dark cherry-colored finish that’s sure to look great in any environment. Benefits of this cabinet include:
- Plywood backboard behind the board will protect your darts
- Rounded target frame prevents bounce-outs
- 2 sets of steel-tipped darts included
- Stainless-steel cabinet hinges
- 18 in. sisal fibre on the dartboard
- Two dry-erase points boards
American Heritage Billiards Dart Board Cabinet
Probably one of the most elegant-looking dartboard cabinets available for the price, the American Heritage Billiards dartboard cabinet is beautiful to look at.
Made with solid wood, complete with a dark veneer, this cabinet will go well in any sophisticated games room. The mocha coloring on the wood makes the entire board look very traditional. Benefits of this dartboard cabinet include:
- Complete solid wood construction
- Comes with 6 darts included
- Chalkboard scoreboards on each door
- Dart storage included
- Stunning mocha finish
The Dart World Cabinet & Kit
If you’re looking for a complete dartboard experience, then you can’t go wrong with the Dart World early American cabinet kit.
This solid pine cabinet comes with everything you need to host the ultimate darts tournament, including a regulation shot-saver dartboard (designed for professional games).
The board also comes with two scoreboards on the inside, 2 sets of brass darts, and a set of rules and hanging instructions.
Benefits of this cabinet include:
- Beautiful solid pine design
- Finger joints for added strength
- Professional tournament dartboard
- 2 sets of English brass darts
- Lexan starting throw line
There you have it, everything you need to know about buying the best dartboard cabinets, complete with some of the highest-rated options to choose from!