If you are a spacial thinking individual like I am – there is never a scenario that should not be whiteboarded. From doing University Calculus homework in my dorm to drafting mock-ups of the next iteration of the software I am working on with my development team, having a whiteboard readily available is a necessity.
When I was setting up my home office a few weeks ago I began to shop for a whiteboard, but quickly ran into a financial hiccup. A 4 ft. x 8 ft. whiteboard can be pretty expensive starting at ~$150 on Amazon. There was no way I was going to pay that for a whiteboard.
I quickly put on my imaginary Macgyver hat, grabbed an Expo Dry-Erase marker, and drove over to the nearest Home Depot. After around 20 minutes of running up and down the aisles, I found exactly what I was looking for: 1/8 in. x 96 in. x 48 in. Thrifty White Panel Board. And it was only $14.22 – that is a savings of 10X! I even did a quick test with the acrylic coating on the panel board with my dry-erase marker that I had handy to confirm it would erase. Confirmed!
Now this panel board can be a little flimsy as it is made out of High Density Fiberboard (HDF) but there are a couple of easy solutions to add some rigidity.
- Cut it in half! A 4 ft. x 8 ft piece of panel board may be too large to fit in your car or in the space you have available in the room you would want to put it in. Fortunately Home Depot will cut it for FREE. I have even heard stories of teachers cutting the panel board into 1 ft. x 2 ft. pieces so they can make an affordable classroom set for their students.
- L-Shaped Edging Trim Depending on the material, color, and thickness of the edging you would prefer, Home Depot has a variety of options available. I personally chose something with a little thicker of trim so that I could rest my markers and eraser on. I would recommend when you go to your local hardware store, look at the various options and make a decision off what would best meet your needs. See some of Home Depot’s options here.
Hope this quick hack helps take your whiteboarding journeys to the next level! If you know someone that loves to whiteboard, don’t forget to SHARE this post with them so they can avoid overpaying. If you have stories of how you creatively hacked a whiteboard, feel free to comment below with your how you did it. I would love to hear about them!
PRO TIP: Certain colored dry-erase markers will leave a small amount of residual color. Not a problem! Use a few drops of tea tree oil on a paper towel or lint free cloth and it wipes away perfectly! *Thanks Pinterest Community*