The whiteboard is a simple tool that helps people organize ideas, explain concepts and manage tasks. It is a staple in offices and classrooms. But aside from providing a surface to write on, the whiteboard adds a cool touch to any room’s design.

Whether it’s for your office or home study, you can install and use whiteboards in different ways. You can customize the look of any board to suit your room’s décor or theme. If you are not sure how to make your board look cool, you can check out these ideas on how to install whiteboards in more creative and fashionable ways: 

For Your Office

#1 – Whiteboard Wall

Your usual office whiteboard can be quite small for everyone to clearly see during meetings. When the people at the back can’t read what’s on the board, your conferences become less effective. By transforming a wall into a giant whiteboard, you can make sure that everyone sees and understand what you’re explaining. Plus, a giant whiteboard makes your office or conference room look smart and functional.

How to make it:

There are various ways to make a whiteboard wall, but the most efficient options are by installing ready-made boards and by using dry-erase paint.

  1. Ready-made boards

The most ideal boards to use for a whiteboard wall are frameless dry-erase boards like bootstrap boards. These boards are easy to arrange and stick together on the wall. You just have to make sure that the wall is clean and free of dust or moisture when you stick the board. You can also choose to leave it bare for a clean, functional look or add wooden borders to make it look classy.

  1. Dry-erase paint

Using dry erase paint can be a cheaper option, but it takes more time and energy to make. There are different types of dry-erase paint that you can use. You can use white paint if the wall is originally painted in a different color, or you can use clear paint if the wall is already white. Here’s what you have to do:

  • Mark off the area where you want to paint by using painter’s tape.
  • Sand that entire area to make it smooth. If you don’t sand the marked area, the whiteboard finish can become bumpy and uneven to write on.
  • Prime the area if it isn’t painted in white.
  • Apply the dry-erase paint as directed by the paint manufacturer.
  • Wait until it completely dries before you write on it.

#2 – Wall-sized Calendar and Planner

Creating a wall-sized calendar and planner is the same as making a whiteboard wall. The only difference is that the whole board will function as a giant calendar and planner for your team’s activities. Making a giant calendar that everyone can see will help you keep track of tasks and make your office look organized and efficient.

How to make it:

To make this, just create a whiteboard wall and add columns and markings using colored dry-erase markers. To use the giant calendar, you can write on it with markers or use sticky notes instead.

#3 – Whiteboard Desk or Table

If your office doesn’t have the space for a giant whiteboard or even a standard 4 x 8 board, you can turn your desks and tabletops into whiteboards instead. This will add more functionality to your office desk. You can write down your ideas and plan out your tasks more efficiently without leaving your chair.

How to make it:

You can simply paint your desk white and layer a glass panel on top or use white dry-erase paint.

For Your Home

#4 – Whiteboard Easel

You might not have space for large whiteboards at home, but you can make a portable whiteboard easel for your home office or study room. Easel-style boards are great for home offices with limited space because you can easily put them away when not in use. It’s also ideal for use in children’s study rooms. You can use it for teaching your preschoolers and for encouraging young learners to scribble and draw their wild ideas on the board. Children can use dry-erase crayons and colored dry-erase markers for creating whiteboard art. Some home-school teachers even carry whiteboard easels with them when giving classes. Plus, it can make any room look artsy.

How to make it:

There are ready-made easel-style boards available in office supply stores, but they’re easy to make on your own. All you need is an artist’s easel; but instead of mounting a painting canvass, you’ll mount a small board. The board can be mounted either in portrait or landscape orientation. You can also use either a framed or frameless board. You can stick the board to the easel using foam tape or choose not to stick it so you can still use the easel for making art.

#5 – Space-saving Closet Board

Another nifty, space-saving way to use whiteboard at home is by creating a closet board. All you need to do is turn one side of your closet door into a dry-erase board. The closet door is not the only thing you can use for this. You can also turn your kids’ bedroom doors into their very own study and art boards. And if you don’t have an office at home, this would be the best thing you can use to turn your own bedroom into a functional mini office.

How to make it:

The process for making this is the same as making a whiteboard wall. But instead of using an entire wall, you’ll use one side of your closet door. You can use either ready-made frameless boards or dry-erase paint on the flat side of the door.

#6 – Window Dry-Erase Board

This is the “window” version of the closet board. Instead of using the closet door, you use the glass of your window. Since glass is suitable with dry-erase markers, you can turn any window into a dry-erase board without problem.

How to make it:

You can use an actual window or an old window. Just paint the back of your window with white paint so that it appears like a small framed whiteboard from inside the room. Your window can then function both as a window and a writing board. If you’re using an old window, you can hang it inside the room after painting or mount it on the wall like a portrait.

There are many possibilities in making and using whiteboard at home and in the office. If space or money is the problem, all you need to do is think of creative yet practical ways to bring the whiteboard within your reach. What’s important is make the most out of it so you and your team can learn, grow and progress in reaching your goals. It may be a simple tool, but it can help bootstrap your way to success.