Whiteboards are a staple in offices, conference rooms and classrooms and can be used in many different ways. They provide great way to brainstorm with a team, offer helpful images for presentations and provide a visual way to organize and prioritize your tasks. Check out these tips to select the best whiteboard for your office:
The first thing you need to do to figure the best whiteboard option is to determine the purpose of the whiteboard. Deciding if the board is for personal use in your office, in a meeting room, or in a public area will help you to choose surface, size, and design aesthetic.
To determine the size of the whiteboard, consider the size of the wall where it will be mounted to determine constraints. You obviously don’t want to buy a board larger than your wall space but putting a tiny board on a expansive wall will look disproportionate. You should also think about how many people will be using the board. A whiteboard for personal use versus one for a board room will differ in sizes.
The most common materials used for whiteboards are melamine, porcelain and glass. Each material has pros and cons so you will want to consider how you are using the board to determine which material is best for you. Melamine boards are the cheapest option but typically have a short lifespan due to ghosting. Porcelain boards have steel backing so they are magnetic but also have issues with staining over time. Glass boards are usually the most expensive but will last the longest and are easy to clean. Since the surface is not white, presentations can be difficult to see and not all marker colors show up on the board.
Another important factor to consider is the design aesthetic of your whiteboard and how it will fit into the overall tone and culture of your work-space. You can customize your whiteboard by selecting various frame colors and materials, adding colors or graphics to the surface or mixing in additional materials like metal or cork for more functionality.
A white board is a great addition any office area and offers a number of benefits to your employees. By considering these criteria when choosing your whiteboard you’re sure to find one that is perfect for your purpose and space. Check out all the whiteboard options on our website or contact the Keeney’s team for assistance finding the perfect whiteboard for your space!