Whiteboards are no longer the plain, old blank panels they use to be. Technology now allows almost endless ways you can customize your board to fit the needs of your home or office. So many options are available that it can be overwhelming to figure out which is best for you.
Blank, Printed, or High-Tech?
Due to advances in technology and software, you are no longer limited to a traditional board. However, just because the technology is available doesn’t mean it is right for your office. Make sure you have a good understanding of where your board will live and how you will use it. A traditional board is great because it offers a lot of versatility. Write or draw anything you want, and when you’re done, just erase. A printed board, either digital or vinyl, can be tailored to more specific needs, such as planners or staff IN/OUT boards. Electronic boards can connect to your computer and even act as a printer. The costs vary with each type of board so it’s helpful to know how each board will fit your needs before you purchase.
Free-Standing or Attached?
Most models, whether traditional, printed, or electronic, can be installed in a free-standing frame or attached to a wall. Again, the option that works best for you will depend on how you will use the board. A free-standing, mobile frame gives you the freedom to move the board around or from room to room. These models sometimes have a double-sided flip option that provides an additional surface. A wall attachment frees up floor space and gives you a focal point which can be helpful in conference rooms or classrooms.
The choices available for printed boards are limited only by your needs. These boards work by placing an image, like a calendar or map, on the board and come in multiple sizes to fit any space. This process works with any image you design and is therefore customizable to your requirements. In addition, there are other ways to customize a board. Magnetic sheeting can be added for removable items such as name tags. Your company logo can also be added for a more professional look.
These boards, made from tempered glass, are an excellent, if somewhat more expensive, option than a whiteboard. Unlike a traditional board, glass boards do not stain, are easy to clean, and can last an extremely long time. They also usually come in multiple sizes. Logos or other images can be etched into the surface. An additional feature not available with a regular board is that glass can be backlit. It is a more stylish material and can bring a more modern and sophisticated feel to your office. Like other types of boards, they can be installed free-standing or attached to a wall.
Combination and Pin Boards
If one type of surface isn’t enough, a combination board can help. With one half devoted to whiteboard for writing and the other to pinboard for attaching notices and other detachable articles, you get the convenience of both in one. Like printed and glass boards, combination boards come in plenty of sizes. Pinboards on their own have a lot of use for the office, home, or school. A variety of surfaces, such as cork, felt, and Velcro, offer a lot of flexibility.