The most common place you’d probably expect to find a whiteboard is in a classroom, but they’re also a very useful tool in the majority of workplaces.
And no matter how much technology starts to take over in our place of work, there’s always place for the humble whiteboard.
But how much do you think about the practicality of a whiteboard when purchasing one?
We’re going to take a quick look at some of the things which you should bear in mind when purchasing your next whiteboard for your workplace.
These plastic whiteboards are one of the cheapest options available and are ideal if you’re just looking for a budget friendly solution.
It’s also very lightweight, so it’s easy to mount, and there are also steel backed options available which allow you to attach magnets, which is useful for presentations and meetings.
Slightly more expensive, porcelain or ceramic options are more durable than melamine options and will stand up to more scratches and stains.
Like melamine, porcelain boards are very easy to write in, but because the surface of the board will be less porous, so it’ll be less likely to fall foul of the ‘ghosting effect’.
The ghosting effect is where markers leave stains on the board even once you’ve tried to wipe them off with an eraser.
But do bear in mind that porcelain is heavier than melamine so it’ll be more difficult to mount!
For a more detailed look at the differences between melamine and porcelain, check out this post from My White boards.
An increasingly popular option for many offices is the glass whiteboard. Glass is not porous at all, and so it completely avoids ghosting and staining, allowing you to erase your work without any smudging.
They’re also great from an aesthetic point of view as they’re often frame less and look great in a modern office.
Consider the purpose of the board
Be sure to consider the purpose of the board and the kind of room which it is going to be used in.
We spoke to leading providers Noticeboards Online who said: “If it’s going to be used in a conference room, it might need to be used as a surface for a projector, as well as a writing surface, so will need to have a matte finish.
On the other hand, a board which is to be used for meetings will need to have as little glare as possible so that everyone will be able to read what it says.
Finally, if you know that your whiteboard is going to have some extensive use, you might want a winged or sliding board which will give you extra writing space.
Wall-mounted or freestanding?
Will you be needing a stationary wall-mounted whiteboard or one which can be wheeled around the room?
Wall mounted options can often look better, with a metal or wooden frame to help them match up with the rest of your office furniture.
On the other hand, a more mobile option could be more practical, allowing you to take the whiteboard from one room to the next, so you don’t need to have one up in every room.