How to Mount a Whiteboard

How to Mount a Whiteboard
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Whiteboards are very useful tools to have, whether it be at home for your kids to mess around with or in an academic setting. Being able to use them over and over again has its advantages, especially when it comes to being cost effective. 

With that being said, before you can use your new whiteboard, you do have to mount it first. 

So, how to mount a whiteboard is what we are going to discuss. There are various methods that can be used here, and we’re going to talk about all of them right now.

Adhesive

One of the methods often used to mount a whiteboard on a wall is using adhesive.  This is probably the easiest way to go about it, but be aware that adhesive won’t last forever, and often needs to be reapplied to get the whiteboard to remain secure.

Screwing It In

The first thing that you need to do is to weigh your whiteboard. Most whiteboards are fairly lightweight, but either way, anything over 4 pounds probably is not going to work too well; anything heavier than that, and the adhesive won’t be able to hold it up.

The next thing that needs to be done, once you have determined that your whiteboard weighs less than 4 pounds, is to wash and dry both the wall and the rear of the whiteboard.

This is where the adhesive strips will go, so you don’t want any dirt, grime, or grease getting in the way of adhesion. Make sure to dry the wall and whiteboard well, as moisture will interfere with the adhesion.

Take double-sided adhesive patches, as can be found at most home improvement stores and crafts shops. Place the adhesive patches roughly 6 inches apart along the whole perimeter of the frame of the whiteboard.

If the whiteboard is fairly large and heavy, you can also place some along the middle and interior to achieve greater adhesion.

Now remove the rear of the adhesive stickers’ patches to expose the other sticky side. Making sure to have a good spot for your whiteboard, press it against the wall, making sure that all of the adhesive patches are firmly attached. Make sure to press down for about 30 seconds, quite firmly, to make it stick securely.

Seeing as adhesives dry out and lose their stickiness over time, especially if you have a heavy whiteboard, you will need to check the patches every 2 to 3 months and apply new ones as necessary.

Screwing It In

Perhaps one of the most common methods of mounting a whiteboard on a wall is to use screws. This does take more work than using simple adhesive, plus more tools too, but on the other hand, this is a permanent solution, as there is no adhesive that needs to be reapplied. Once you have mounted a whiteboard with screws, it is there to stay until you decide otherwise.

The first step you need to follow here is to measure the width of your whiteboard. You need to know its width so you can place it properly in conjunction with the wall studs that you will be mounting it against.

Drywall on its own will not be able to support the weight of a whiteboard; it just is not strong enough. You need to mount it onto the studs behind the drywall, at least if you actually want it to stay up and to not tear down your wall.

To find the studs in your wall, use a stud finder. Just place the stud finder against a wall and move it slowly. Once it beeps, you know there is stud located directly behind it.

Now you need to use a drill to make a hole in the whiteboard. These holes should be made through the frame of the whiteboard, both at the top and bottom, and in terms of width, where the studs would be.

So, if you have 2 wall studs, you will have 4 holes. One thing to note is that the drill bit used to make the holes has to be the same size as the screws you will use for mounting.

Now that your holes are drilled, align these holes with the studs in the wall. If you can, just hold the whiteboard up with one hand and screw in the screws with the other.

If this does not work, you can always use something like a ladder or table to prop the whiteboard up while you use both hands to screw it into the studs.

To make sure that the whiteboard is straight and level, use a bubble level to determine if it is properly aligned. There is nothing more annoying than a crooked whiteboard – it just won’t look nice.

If you want to make life even easier, you can mark on the wall, in front of the studs, where the screws will go in. You can then pre-drill the holes in the wall as well, but of course, you will need to take the whiteboard down again to do this.

Either way, if you don’t plan on pre-drilling the holes in the studs, you will have to use a power drill to screw in the screws, as it is going to take some power to get into those studs. Just be slow and careful, as you don’t want to mess up the studs.

​Conclusion

Mounting a whiteboard is not very hard. Whether you choose to use screws or adhesive, just make sure to take your time. This is especially important when using the screw-in method, as you don’t want to start drilling random holes.

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