If you want to hang a whiteboard without using screws or nails, begin by selecting a whiteboard that weighs 15 pounds (7 kg) or less. Then, mark a level line on the wall where the bottom edge of the whiteboard will be. Next, apply adhesive strips to the back of the whiteboard, especially to the edges and corners. Press the whiteboard into place, making sure it lines up with the level line you marked earlier. Then, test each corner to make sure the whiteboard is secured on all sides. With these steps complete, you’re ready to use your whiteboard.
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Do You Need a Stud to Hang a Whiteboard?
You can hang a whiteboard without driving a screw into a stud as long as the whiteboard weighs less than 50 pounds (23 kg). To hang a whiteboard on drywall without finding a stud, use anchored screws, toggle bolts, or brackets. For any whiteboard weighing 50 pounds or more, you must use screws driven into a wall stud.
- You do not need a stud to hang a whiteboard that weighs less than 50 pounds (23 kg).
- Whiteboards that weigh 50 pounds or more must be hung on screws driven into wall studs.
- If your whiteboard is 15 pounds (7kg) or less, you can hang it with adhesive strips instead of screws or nails.
Whiteboards that weigh 15 pounds (7 kg) or less do not require you to find a stud or put any holes in your wall. Below, you’ll find all the steps you need for hanging a whiteboard without screws, nails, or any power tools.
5 Steps to Hang A Whiteboard Without Putting Holes in Your Wall
Hanging a whiteboard doesn’t have to require nails or screws. Use these steps to securely hang your whiteboard without drilling any holes in your wall or trying to find wall studs.
Select Your Whiteboard
To hang a whiteboard without nails, first, choose a whiteboard with a total weight of less than 15 pounds (7 kg). This large whiteboard is so lightweight that you can hang it with our method. However, whiteboards that exceed this weight limit will need to be hung using screws.
- Make sure your whiteboard weighs less than 15 pounds (7 kg).
- Lightweight whiteboards up to 48 by 32 inches (120 by 80 cm) can be hung without screws.
- If you are hanging a whiteboard you already own, weigh it before you begin.
If you’re not sure how much your whiteboard weighs, weigh it on your bathroom scale before you begin hanging it. When purchasing a new whiteboard online, check the product description for a listed weight. Ordering a whiteboard that is too heavy for the no-nails hanging method will make the job much more complicated.
Mark a Location for Your Whiteboard
Before you hang your whiteboard, choose a place for it. If possible, have an assistant hold the whiteboard while you stand back, so you can decide on the exact placement. Then, use a pencil to mark where the bottom and both sides of the whiteboard should be.
- Hold your whiteboard up to the wall to choose the correct location.
- Mark the wall with a pencil to note where the bottom, left, and right side of the whiteboard will be.
- Use this level and a pencil to mark a straight line where the bottom of the whiteboard should line up during installation.
With the initial whiteboard location marked, put the board aside. Use a pencil and a level to draw a straight, level line where the bottom edge of the whiteboard will be. By marking this line you will be able to ensure the whiteboard is level when you hang it. Since you’ll be using adhesive strips to keep your whiteboard in place, you only get one chance to get it level.
Apply Adhesive Strips to Your Whiteboard
To prepare your whiteboard for hanging, lay it facedown on the floor or a work surface. Then, press Adhesive strips into place along the perimeter of the whiteboard frame. Make sure that there are adhesive strips at the corners and along the edges, with gaps no larger than 2 inches (5 cm) between the strips.
- Lay your whiteboard face down.
- Press these heavy-duty adhesive strips on the back of the whiteboard.
- Put 2 adhesive strips at each corner.
- Place adhesive strips along the edge of the board with only 2 inches (5 cm) between strips.
- Remove the protective covering from the adhesive strips so they are ready to stick to a surface.
Use 8–20 adhesive strips on the back edges of the board, depending on the size of the board. A very small whiteboard may only need 2 adhesive strips at each corner, while larger boards may need several so that the edges stick securely to the wall.
Press the Whiteboard Into Place
When hanging your whiteboard, ask an assistant for help. Carefully lift the whiteboard into place, paying close attention to the bottom line and left and right edge lines you marked on the wall. Do not let the adhesive strips touch the wall until you are sure the board is positioned correctly. Then, firmly press the board into place so that the adhesive strips make contact with the wall.
- Ask for help positioning your whiteboard.
- Carefully line up your whiteboard before pressing it into place—you only get one chance with adhesive strips.
- Press the board into place on your wall.
- Exert firm pressure on the corners and edges until the whiteboard is firmly stuck to the wall.
Press firmly on the edges and corners of the whiteboard so that all the adhesive strips make contact with the wall. It may require you to go around the edge of the whiteboard a few times. Keep pressing the edges into place until the board is firmly attached to the wall on all sides.
Test the Installation
Once the adhesive strips have made contact with the wall, tug at the corners to make sure the installation is secure. Adhesive products stick well to most smooth and textured walls, including painted surfaces. So, as long as the adhesive strips make good contact, they should remain secure.
- Tug gently on each corner of the whiteboard to make sure it is secure.
- If the board is secure, it’s ready for you to begin using it.
- Adhesive strips work poorly on brick and concrete walls—you may need to use another hanging method.
It is important to note that adhesive strips don’t stick to concrete and brick walls. The dust of the mortar and brick can cause the adhesive to pop off. Instead of using adhesive strips, follow our steps for hanging a whiteboard on concrete.
How Do You Hang a Whiteboard on a Wall Without Drilling?
To hang your whiteboard on a wall without using a drill, screws, bolts, or nails, you should:
- Choose a whiteboard that weighs less than 15 pounds ( 7 kg).
- Mark straight, level lines where the bottom and sides of the whiteboard should line up when installed.
- Press adhesive strips onto the back of the whiteboard.
- Carefully position the whiteboard along the lines you marked in step 2 and press it firmly into place on the wall.
- Test the whiteboard by tugging at the corners and sides, to make sure it is secure.
With these steps, you can hang large whiteboards on a smooth surface or textured walls without drilling any holes. Once you’re done with these steps, your dry erase board is ready for use.