The dry erase board has become such a permanent fixture in conference rooms, schools and the doors of every college dorm room that not much thought is given to it. They're so commonplace that it's hard to remember that they only gained popularity about twenty years ago. That's not a long time in the office supply world; the Post-It note has been around for 35 years and we still think they're magic.
Try to Imagine This Wall Without the Whiteboard
However, with such ubiquity often comes a lack of responsibility. A whiteboard is more complex than just a glossy surface and “does it fit the space” should only be the first question asked. How often will the board be used? Will it be used for presenting or planning and organization? Does it need a tray to store markers and erasers? The answers to these help determine the type of board you're looking for, and this page will help you find it.
One of the biggest problems to contend with is ghosting, which leaves marker stains that are difficult to erase. This is a result of ink getting soaked into the board's melamine surface. Melamine boards are the cheapest type of whiteboard, and while they work well for light use like a workspace or breakroom, more important functions require something better.
For boards that will receive heavy use such as schools and conference rooms, consider a porcelain board. Porcelain isn't porous like melamine, so the surface is smooth, durable and will not stain. Furthermore, porcelain whiteboards are magnetic, allowing you to use magnets to create a full planning center.
If you aren't sure which board is the best fit for you, you're in luck! Now you can get free return shipping on all Quartet whiteboards. This way you won't have to worry about looking for the right dry erase board before you try it out. If it doesn't work for you, you can return it for free!