Bulletin boards are a time-tested tool for parents, entrepreneurs, students and artists who have a lot of things to think about, and don’t want to let anything fall through the cracks. They can be set up to provide a day or week’s schedule at a glance, or can serve as a jumping off point for inspiration. The options are as endless as your imagination.
What to Consider
The best bulletin boards allow you to stay organized, inspired and informed. But because everyone’s needs differ, we’ve outlined several things to keep in mind to ensure you make the best purchase available.
Size: You’ll want to think about where you want to hang the board, how much room you have and how much space you’ll need. We have a range of sizes, from a 12-inch square to 4 by 8 feet.
Material: Bulletin boards are traditionally made from self-healing cork, but there are several options out there now, some of which are better suited to frequent use than others. Consider how often you’ll need to pin notes up before making your final selection.
Type of user: Think about who will be using the board. Some are designed for dreaming, others are created for students, and still others are made for offices and families.
How We Selected
We reviewed hundreds of bulletin boards, keeping a variety of needs and budgets in mind before making our final selection. We also consulted experts and looked at consumer reviews as well, and only included popular boards from reputable companies.
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Best Big Bulletin Board
Quartet Cork Board
This 6 by 4–foot board is made from naturally healing cork, and is framed with a light oak finish. The straightforward, contemporary design makes it an ideal pick for offices that have a lot of information to share. It fastens to a wall easily, and has a heavy-duty mounting system. Standard push pins work with this board, but must be purchased separately.
Reviewers say it’s a “good bulletin board,” but note that the corkboard is “thin” and may not hold up to heavy-duty use long-term.
Kate and Laurel Framed Line Pinboard
Kate and Laurel amazon.com
This bulletin board may not be practical for everyday users, but the 21.5 by 27.5–inch decorative item is a great option for creatives who need an occasional dream board. The board is essentially a gold-framed rectangle of linen fabric, and it can be hung on walls with metal d-rings, either vertically or horizontally.
A reviewer writes that “this is a good quality pinboard. It works well in my office, looks sharp and was easy to hang,” but another warns that “each pin leaves a whole in the linen,” making it “pretty for static display,” but not serious wear and tear.
Quartet Combination Whiteboard & Corkboard
This 17 by 23–inch combination whiteboard and corkboard provides the perfect space for family or office use. You’ll be able to display reminders on the corkboard, and jot down notes to yourself or others on the whiteboard. It can be hung vertically or horizontally, and comes with a dry erase marker and magnet accessories. This board is also accompanied with a 60-day warranty.
One reviewer says “this product works perfectly for me,” and another notes that they “love the combination white and corkboard.” But another person advises that instead of hanging it with the “permanent adhesives” it comes with, to purchase a separate D-ring to put on the back.
U Brands Cork Linen Board
U Brands amazon.com
This 20 by 30–inch board is built to be used. The corkboard features a dense backing material that ensures push pins and thumbtacks will stay in place. The cork surface, meanwhile, is naturally self-healing. The white frame gives the boards a premium look, making it a great option for home and office.
The board comes with mounting hardware and instructions. Reviewers say it “looks amazing” and is “easy to install.”
PinPix Bulletin Board
This 24 by 18–inch bulletin board is made from canvas with attractive designs you may not want to cover up. This board is perfect for a mood, inspiration or memory board, and would look great in a bedroom or creative office setting.
Reviewers love that you can pick from a variety of abstract and simple patterns—like marble, hexagonal, and leaf—and colors to match your décor and color scheme.
Felt Pin Board Bar Strips
Flying Childhood amazon.com
This four-pack of black bulletin board bar strips come with 40 pushpins, and is a great option if you want to hang a few quick notes, keys or memories, and you’re pressed for space. Each strip is 15 by 2 inches and would look smart near a door, by the fridge or even inside a closet. The set comes with masking and hook tape.
A reviewer says, “These felt strips are thick enough to insert a standard push pin completely, plus they are solid and hold well.”
This 4 by 8–foot roll of cork allows you to create your own bulletin board, and provides an immense amount of “pinning” space. You can simply hang the entire roll of corkboard in your work space with brass tacks, or slice and dice it for different team members or purposes. Because it’s made of self-healing cork, and it stands up to daily use.
Reviewers love it once they unroll it, weigh it down and “leave it for a while.” One reviewer says it is “good quality,” and “works well.”
Best Bang for Your Buck
Quartet Cork Tiles
The set of eight 12-inch-square tiles offers mini bulletin boards with self-stick backings. They can be used together as one big board, two or more customized boards or distributed among family members or office mates. The self-healing cork makes for long-lasting use. Reviewers dub these “perfect!” but warn they are thin, and require extra attention if you don’t want to “put holes in your wall.”
Best for Young Kids
Wood Land Bulletin Board Set
Carson Dellosa Education amazon.com
This bulletin board does double duty by sharing information with kids, while also making learning fun. The 120-piece set includes more than 70 leaves that can be organized by topic, for names, to showcase letters and numbers, and more.
Included in the set is a seven-piece tree, 24 acorns, 10 animal cutouts, 79 leaves and a guide full of ideas for fun and educational activities.
This board is great for teachers, education-focused playrooms and at-home learning; but it does require time and energy to set up and maintain, which isn’t for everyone.
Best Vision Board
Breeze Point Fabric Memo Board
BREEZE POINT amazon.com
This 15.75 by 11.75–inch board features a wood frame wrapped in padded fabric, with a metallic ribbon diamond design. It serves as a wonderful anchor for photographs, kids’ artwork and also works as a vision board. Sawtooth hangers on the back allow you to hang it vertically or horizontally.
One reviewer writes, “I really like the look of this board,” while another notes, “The ribbons keep the pictures in place. I would recommend this board!”
Kathleen Willcox Kathleen Willcox is a journalist who writes about parenting, technology, shopping, food and wine.
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