Installing a Whiteboard Wall in Your Home
A whiteboard wall is essentially a wall covering placed over the surface of a normal wall to allow you to write, draw, and erase on its surface over and over with no markings on the original wall underneath. These whiteboard coverings are commonly called skins, and they are applied in similar ways to contact paper used to line drawers and cabinets. Whiteboard wall skins are available in varying dimensions and are usually priced per square foot. Popular dry erase wall skins are manufactured out of a material known as porcelain steel, which creates a magnetic surface as well as a writing one. It can be especially fun in your home for kids who like magnets as well as giving the adults a convenient way to keep track of notes and lists. Having a whiteboard wall is also a more economical choice for designers and artists looking to buy less paper for their ideas.
Step 1 -- Measure the Wall Space
Use your tape measure to record the length and width of the wall where you want to attach your whiteboard skin. Porcelain steel whiteboard panels typically come in dimensions of 4 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet by 6 feet, or 4 feet by 8 feet. Some manufacturers sell panels in sizes as large as 4 feet by 12 feet as well as custom sizes for an additional fee. Divide your wall dimensions by each possible panel dimension to determine which sizes are the best fit and the most economically practical to order.
Step 2 -- Order and Fit Panels
Once you have ordered and received your porcelain steel whiteboard panels, the newest versions come with peel-off adhesive backing. This eliminates the need to use messy and sometimes corrosive commercial adhesive compounds. Manufacturers recommend starting in one corner and pressing the whiteboard skin against the wall a bit at a time once you have removed the adhesive backing. To avoid air bubbles and uneven spots, smooth a wooden roller over the surface as you apply it. These rollers are sometimes available from the whiteboard skin manufacturers themselves. If not, a print-making roller will work just as well; these are available at art supply stores that sell print-making supplies.
Step 3 -- Add Seam Covers
After you have attached all your whiteboard skin panels, you will need to add the included seam covers. These are thin strips of durable material that come in the same measurements as the panels themselves. Once applied over the seams between panels, they allow you to write smoothly over panel seams just as on the rest of the whiteboard wall. Carefully peel off the adhesive backing from the seam covers and roll them over the seams in the same manner you rolled on the whiteboard skins in the previous step. If you are working with longer and wider panels, it is sometimes easier to have a helper hold the opposite end of the seam cover to prevent it from accidentally twisting and sticking to the wall.