Whiteboard Alternatives

Find a cost-effective alternative to a whiteboard.
Find a cost-effective alternative to a whiteboard. (Image: Lisa Stirling/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Whiteboards are used in office and school settings for brainstorming and writing down important ideas. In 2010, the cost of a whiteboard can be extremely high, averaging somewhere between $200 and $500 depending on what your needs are. If you would like to implement a whiteboard, but do not want to spend that much, there are more cost-effective alternatives.


Plexiglass or acrylic sheets are an alternative to traditional whiteboards. Acrylic can be customized in several different ways; you can decide on clear or colored Plexiglass, smoked or plain, and infra-red transmitting acrylic sheets. The sheets can be cut into any size, and come up to four inches thick. The sheets can be cleaned by using warm, soapy water or a soft cloth.

Whiteboard Wall Decal

Whiteboard wall decals are an economical alternative to expensive whiteboards. In 2010, a set of three 9-by-12 inch decals sells for $18. Decals can be used separately or placed together to form a larger work surface. Use dry-erase markers to write on the decals, and wipe clean to use again.


Plain, white tileboard from a home improvement retailer can be substituted for a whiteboard. Use dry erase markers to write on it and wipe down to use it again. In 2010, a 4-by-8 foot panel sells for around $20.

Rollable Whiteboard

The rollable whiteboard is made from a strong stock paper with a non-plastic, write and wipe surface. This material is flexible and can be hung virtually anywhere. Each piece measures 37 inches by 48 inches; several can be purchased to create a large work surface. In 2010, each piece sells for around $23. Since this is a light weight material, it is portable and can be used, cleaned and moved to a different place to be used again.

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