20 August 2020   1982   5 min

Significant differences between whiteboards

At first sight, all whiteboards look the same. Nevertheless, at Legamaster we have eleven different types and each one has its own specific characteristics. What are the differences? And which whiteboard fits your needs? In this article, we take a deep dive into this topic!


With or without frame?

The biggest difference that most people immediately notice is the frame of the whiteboard. Our most popular whiteboards have a frame made of anodised aluminium. This gives the whiteboard extra stability. The aluminium is ultra-light so the whiteboard remains easy to handle and can be mounted on almost any wall.

Driven by the changes in the world of modern offices and workplace design, we also see a trend towards frameless whiteboards. Many find a frameless whiteboard visually more attractive, it fits better in modern office environments and offers an almost "boundless" workspace for creative processes. With or without a frame is ultimately a matter of taste, but frameless boards have a decisive advantage: they can be mounted side by side to create XL writing surfaces. For this purpose, we have launched an entire product family: the Space-Up Writing Collection.


Most important: whiteboard surface

Even if you can't tell the difference at first glance, choosing the right surface is crucial. From the outside, it is difficult to tell, but there are clear differences between our whiteboard surfaces. The two most common whiteboard surfaces are lacquered and enameled steel surfaces.

Enameled whiteboards are significantly smoother than lacquered steel whiteboards. This is because of the way they are manufactured. Enamel is also called ceramic steel, because it combines the stability of steel and the insensitivity of ceramics, so even aggressive cleaning products will not damage an enameled whiteboard surface. This makes them particularly suitable for long-term and intensive use.

Lacquered steel surfaces are more suitable for less intensive use. With lacquered steel, it is important that notes and drawings are removed after use. The surface is less hard, so ink can affect the lacquered steel. This makes the surface more difficult to clean. However, lacquered steel whiteboards are easier to manufacture, which is reflected in the price. Additionally, lacquered steel whiteboards are ideal for printing. Personalize your whiteboard by printing your logo or design on it.



Our whiteboards are attractive!

In any case, they attract magnets;-).Documents, images and other accessories can easily be attached to our whiteboards with a magnet. In our opinion, a magnetic surface is just as much a part of a whiteboard as the cap is a part of a marker. That's why the majority of our whiteboards can be used with magnetic accessories.

For those who absolutely don't want to use a magnet on their whiteboard, we still have our BASIC series on hand. It has a melamine surface and is therefore writable, but not magnetic.

The structure of the whiteboard ensures stability

A whiteboard consists of a writing surface and a core to which this writing surface is glued. In our whiteboards, we use five different cores, from light cardboard and ultra-strong honeycomb to solid chipboard. Some whiteboards have a steel plate on the back for extra stability. Whiteboards with a honeycomb core are particularly light and easy to handle even in larger sizes. Their low weight also makes them ideal for mounting on lightweight walls.


Usually whiteboards are permanently attached to the wall. We briefly explain the two most common mounting methods. Our ECONOMY and UNIVERSAL series have a hidden hole in the corners for screws. This way of mounting is relatively easy, because you can see exactly where the holes need to be drilled. But you will also need a second pair of hands for this, because the whiteboard needs to be held while screwing.

In theory, a whiteboard from the PREMIUM or PROFESSIONAL series can be mounted on the wall by one person. However, measurements must be made for this, as these whiteboards are mounted with a concealed slot system. First of all, the fixing material needs to be fixed in the correct positions. Then you need to place the board on the lower hooks and fix the whiteboard with the upper hooks.

However, if you don't want to decide on a fixed place for the whiteboard, you can also opt for a board on wheels such as our mobile revolving whiteboards. Or you can opt for a multiboard: on one side a whiteboard and on the other side a pinboard.


Our flipcharts are also ideal as free-standing whiteboards! Unlike many other flipcharts, Legamaster flipcharts have a full whiteboard surface. This means that they are also writeable, erasable and magnetic just like a whiteboard from the same series!

Feature overview

With all these differences, it is not easy to remember everything. That is why we have created an overview here where you can see the properties of the different whiteboards.

Special whiteboard solutions

For those who want a more flexible solution, we offer several options to customize whiteboards. For example, with the magnetic whiteboard foil WRAP-UP any smooth surface can be transformed into a whiteboard.

If a plain white surface isn't enough: we offer a wide range of printed whiteboards or custom printed whiteboards where you can easily create your own whiteboard design.


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