How to Design Your Own Convex Whiteboard

Whether it serves as a planner, instructional tool or canvas for artistic creativity, a whiteboard offers a convenient place to temporarily store your thoughts. Although you can purchase a variety of premade whiteboards, it is more cost-effective to design your own board and construct it from simple materials. When you have an unusual space available, such as a convex wall or oddly shaped area, a homemade whiteboard may be the only option that fits. Alternatively, you can create a freestanding convex whiteboard around a large cylinder or other furniture with flat, gently curving surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Flexible tape measure
  • Dry erase boards or sheet
  • Scissors or circular saw (optional)
  • C-clamps (optional)
  • Glue


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      Locate the wall or freestanding furniture where you will place your whiteboard. Ensure that the surface is smooth and clean. Measure the space carefully, and determine the dimensions of your whiteboard. When measuring a curved surface, use a flexible tape measure for the most accurate results.

    • 2

      Purchase a flexible dry erase sheet or thin piece of tileboard from a home improvement store. Obtain at least enough square footage to cover the area you have designated for the whiteboard.

    • 3

      Cut the whiteboard sheet to the appropriate size and shape. For thin dry erase sheets, use scissors or a paper cutter to make straight cuts. Ask the staff at the home improvement store to cut it for you when purchasing, or cut it at home with a circular saw.

    • 4

      Attach the board to the curved surface, using glue or adhesive. Dry erase sheets typically have an adhesive backing, which you peel and affix. Apply glue to other types of boards, and then press or clamp it into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • For added security, drill small screws into the edges of the whiteboard and surface, using a power drill. Be sure you are drilling into studs or solid wood instead of drywall.
  • When using tileboard for your whiteboard, ensure that the convex surface is not too sharply curved. Using your hands, curve the tileboard into the correct shape gently, and measure the resistance. If bending is difficult or impossible, purchase dry erase sheets or rolls instead.
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