I made the backing with left over cork flooring and an oak frame. It's an electronic but it uses metal tipped darts. So have to worry about keeping score as the board does it for me. Other shots in my build thread in my signature.
I dont have a picture of it, but when I was in highschool, a friends mom made a "backstop" out of wine corks. She glued them down inside a wood frame. It was really cool. Just thought I would throw it out there.
Mine is also in a cabinet. Nothing above and below it and so far no dart holes in the sheetrock. But my wife hasn't played yet either. She thinks we ought to put up some cork, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
"real" darts (sharp steel shafts) or plastic to an electronic board?
It makes a difference.
We have a soft-tip tall standing coin-op stype dart game.
Sam's Club offers a nice commercial style stand-up electronic soft-tip dart game for around $300.00.
If you board is old fashioned steel darts I'd go to an commercial arcade supplier and buy a commercial quality back board with side chalk score "wings".
When we had a traditional steel tip dart board I cut a simple plywood square and covered it with black felt and then fitted a bottom grooved 2 in. shelf on the bottom to hold the chalk. I hung a commercial beer themed chalk board beside the dart board so people could restore their scores.
Just get creative - most anything can look good and work well.
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