your own whiteboard dry erase board
If you can't afford
a regular whiteboard that you see in office supply stores,
you can actually make your own whiteboard at home, and it
is much, much cheaper. You will spend about $20 as opposed
to $100+ per board.
First, you need
to consider the size of board you would like. It comes if
4'x8' sheets, so if you do not have easy access to a saw,
it is easiest to have your whiteboard at that size. If it
is smaller and you do not have access to a saw, you can ask
the building supply store to cut it for you, but be aware
that there may be a cutting charge and you may still have
to buy an entire sheet, even if you do not want all of it.
They also may not be able to cut it as specific as you want
- if you want it 25-3/4" wide, you might end up with
as much as a 1/2" difference either way, and it might
not be perfectly straight. So you will need to keep these
things in mind too.
Once you know the
size you want, go to your local building supply store and
purchase melamine. It is fiberboard and one side is coated
with white shiny surface. There are new decorative melamine
surfaces out there, so make sure you are getting the smooth
To mount to the
wall, you can attach it with heavy duty mirror hooks, screws,
picture hangers or even glue. Once mounted, you can use it
just as a dry erase board. Only use special dry erase markets
on it. If you need to draw lines or grids semi-permanently,
you can use pin striping from an auto shop (what they use
to pinstripe vehicles).