$15 Whiteboards

by Scott Austin November 02, 2012

$15 Whiteboards

As we all know, whiteboards are an indispensable tool at any company.  Especially at a technology company where pictures/drawings help explain new ideas.

So as a start-up, we need whiteboards for our office.  But they are expensive.  A 4'x8' board costs hundreds of dollars.  See here for examples.  As a penny-pinching start-up,  we came up with our own 4'x8' whiteboards for less than $15 each.  It took a little bit of DIY skills.  Here's how it works.

Go to your local Home Depot.  They sell 4'x8' sheets of a thin board material.  It's white on one side and brown on the other.  It's called shower board or tile board.  Here's a link to the material.  The white side is smooth and works great as a whiteboard.  Dry erase markers work on it and it also wipes off easily.  The stuff is very flimsy, so be careful in handling it as it is easy to get nicks and broken corners.

You'll mount this board to your wall.  We've got drywall, so we mounted it with glue and drywall screws.  I was worried about the drywall screws breaking the wall material so I made holes 4" in from the corners and put grommets around the holes for reinforcements.

Here's a finished, mounted whiteboard.

Here's us putting glue on the back of a board before mounting it.

And here's a close up view of the grommet and screw.

Installation was pretty easy once we got the process figured out.  We put up six of these boards around our office.  They are already in use.

Scott Austin
Scott Austin