Whiteboard walls!

Written by Alice Newport on 25 October 2017

Hi training community

I am in the process of re-designing our training rooms. I was wondering if anyone has any experience of using whiteboard walls i.e. when delegates can write straight onto the wall and the whole wall is one giant whiteboard.

We are looking to have an entire wall set up as a whiteboard using a special surface. I have concerns that it will work well initially, but over time it will start to look grubby and smeary!

Has anyone either used a wall like this, if yes, how did it look after prolonged use? Or has anyone included something like this in their own training rooms, what surface did you use?


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Howard Exton-Smith

Submitted on 26 October, 2017 - 10:17

Hi Alice,

From my experience your concerns are justified!  One of my providers has tried whiteboard paint, whiteboard plastic film and whiteboards and, after time, they all look grubby.  Yes, you can buy a special cleaning fluid but it requires quite a lot of elbow and, even then, eventually the white is no longer white.  And that's before you get to the wrong pen problem..



Submitted on 27 October, 2017 - 09:25

Alice, how cool to be able to have input into the design of the rooms and also exploring walls that are entirely whiteboard. 

I love blackboard walls so I am probably biased when it comes to this kind of thing.

 I have been in businesses with whiteboards in all meeting rooms and they get used - not by the majority- and they get dirty/permanently marked as Howard says.  That's an indicator of usage and could be seen as good however it might be less attractive if the rooms are also being used for clients or other events where it looks lovely is important. 

That said, I thought the cleaning products were probably better now.  Sounds like I might be being optimistic.  You can also use it to stick things on and I guess if the worse was to happen and you need to put something over it a wall mural could be just the ticket.


Submitted on 27 October, 2017 - 10:55

The whiteboard paint does work well however like with a whiteboard it will never stay as white as the first time you use it.  We repaint ours on a yearly basis just to keep it looking fresh. 



Submitted on 30 October, 2017 - 10:01

I'm a massive fan of whiteboard paint. Even if it needs to be repainted every so often, it's hugely worth it. Anything to break a meeting out of the shackles of sitting down, reading or taking notes. It makes people view the space and the meeting room process completely differently, in my opinion. Most whiteboard pens come off easily and pretty much all come off with a standard kitchen surface cleaner. You can always use magic whiteboard paper if a whiteboard wall turns out to be a no go. The stuff covers my office walls at home. https://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/


Submitted on 3 November, 2017 - 13:23

Hi Jon, thank you for your reply. It is the wallpaper we are looking at. This might be a strange question, would you have a photograph of your wall at home after it has been used?



Submitted on 6 November, 2017 - 09:43

Hi Alice - just to clarify, it's not wallpaper that I use, it's magic whiteboard paper which are tearable sheets stick to your walls via static. can send you a pic if you like, but not sure that's what you're after?