Only two items are needed to play Cornhole - cornhole boards and cornhole bags.
Cornhole boards are raised platforms with a hole near the rear of the structure. Cornhole bags are thrown at the cornhole boards during game play. One point is scored for bags landing on the face of the platform, while 3 points are scored for bags that fall through the hole. See Cornhole Rules
Cornhole boards may also be referred to as platforms or decks.
- The "official" cornhole platform’s playing surface is 24" x 48".
- The front end should be 3.5" to 4” off of the ground. The rear of the platform should be 12” high.
- The hole in the cornhole platform should be 6” round, centered 9” from the back and 12” from either side.
Cornhole boards are usually constructed of a plywood face, framed with 2x4's. 1/2" or 3/4" plywood is usually used, though some builders will use MDF, OSB, plastic, or plexiglass to varying results.
For box style boards, plywood is often used for the platform and sides.
- open sided boards - The most common type of cornhole board is an 2x4 framed board with a plywood top.
- box style boards - completely plywood boards with with closed sides.
- open sided plywood boards - Boards made completly with plywood, but not enclosed like a box. These boards tend to be very light, as they use plywood instead of 2x4's for framing.
- The "official" and most common size for cornhole boards is 2 feet by 4 feet.
- Tailgating Size Boards are a foot shorter ( 3'x2' ), and are commonly called travel boards due to their portable size.
- Hole Only Boxes are made for skill games and challenges. The box includes a 6" hole, but no platform around it. These are a fun way to practice your cornhole bag tossing accuracy.
Board slickness is personal preference, but as a general rule of thumb, you should be able to place a bag on the playing surface ( about 3/4 of the way towards the top ) and it should STAY when the back of the board is raised to a height of 24 inches (2 feet). The bag should slide off when the back of the board is raised to 30 inches (2 1/2 feet).
So, lay a bag on your boards and start your tilt. If the bags slides between 24" and 30" mark, you've done your boards right. If they slide too soon, you're too slick. If they don't slide by 30", you're too slow.