How to Choose a White board

You’ve decided to purchase a white board for your office but aren’t sure which one to choose. It’s not as easy as just determining the size you want. There are other factors to consider. Let OfficeZilla help you choose the perfect white board for your needs.

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Magnetic vs Non-Magnetic

These two options are fairly self explanatory, but which one is right for you? Magnetic white boards have a steel plate backing and non magnetic boards often have a wood or MDF backing. Magnetic boards also tend to be a bit more expensive then their non-magnetic counterparts.

But is a magnetic board the right way to go for you? Consider how you plan to use your board. Perhaps, like a sports coach, you love the visual of moving magnetic pieces around the board to prove a point. Or maybe you work with kids and would love to be able to use magnetic letters and numbers on your board. Or you might love the opportunity to attach notes to your board using funky magnets. Then a magnetic board might be the right choice for you. But if you don’t see yourself using your white board in that way then you may not want to spend the extra money for that feature.

Melamine vs Porcelain

The surface of your board is another factor to consider. Melamine is a plastic film coating on hardwood backing which is a less expensive option. One thing to note about melamine is that it will need cleaned with dry erase board cleaner after each use to extend it’s life. Over time the plastic coating can wear off causing your markers to stain the surface. When cleaned regularly melamine boards can last several years. If you think your board will have ink on it 24/7 then a melamine board may not be the best choice for you. However, if you think your board will only get light use, and are willing to clean it regularly then a melamine white board is an excellent cost effective option.

A porcelain white board is a higher end board that is highly durable. Porcelain boards are made of hard enamel that will resist stains, dents and scratches. Porcelain boards are also known to erase very well. And while a porcelain board will still need an occasional cleaning, you won’t need to clean after every use. Another important feature to remember is that porcelain boards are always magnetic (however, not all magnetic boards are porcelain). While a porcelain white board costs more up front, the durability factor makes it a very cost effective option over time, especially if you expect your white board to get heavy use.

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Aesthetics and Accessories

While it’s important to consider the work horse ability of your white board, you also want to think about the aesthetics and accessories. Do you want your board to be stationary and in one room or do you want to be able to move it from place to place? If you plan to use your white board in one room than a mounted board would make sense. Or if you would like the flexibility to move your board around then an easel might be a better option.

Where your board is placed also effects whether or not you need a marker tray. If your board is mounted above a table, then a marker tray may not be necessary. But if you like to have your accessories at your fingertips, then a marker tray may be the best option for you.

Remember that in addition to your white board you will also need to invest in quality markers, an eraser, some cleaning solution, and possibly even magnets.

Cost vs Value

Let’s face it, cost is always a factor when considering a purchase such as a white board. You want to get the most value for your money. When making a purchase such as this consider your current needs and see if you can go one step up. When you think toward the future you can get not only the board you need now, but perhaps also the one you will need down the road.

And at OfficeZilla not only do we have amazing prices but purchases over $45 ship free! How’s that for cost vs value?!!

Which White Board is Right for You?

While there are many factors to consider it is possible to choose the best possible white board for your office situation. We hope that this information gives you a better handle on the perfect white board for your needs.

♥ Tina


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How to Choose a White board — 2 Comments

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  2. It seems like going with a porcelain white board would be the best way to go. They don’t need as much cleaning and last twice as long as melamine. I have been wanting to get one for my home office so I can keep track of to-do lists as well as chores for my kids and grocery lists. They seem like a great way to stay organized.

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