Installs easily with a four-screw hardware mounting kit. Lightweight yet sturdy. Board is easy to erase. A nice large size that is also available in smaller sizes, if you so choose.
The two magnets that come with it are too weak. Some buyers report receiving this option damaged.
Very inexpensive chalkboard. High quality with a decent wood-like frame. Easy to clean.
Many buyers warn that it is essential that you “prime” this board before use. To do this: rub chalk over the entire surface of the board, then wipe it clean. You can then begin using it.
Great looking board. Very sturdy, with a wooden frame. The magnetic surface in particular works very well. Also available in a variety of smaller sizes.
Doesn’t come with a chalk tray or any accessories. Some of these boards are susceptible to warping, either through shipping or extended use.
Lightweight enough that you can hang it using double-sided sticky tape. Very sturdy, with an aluminum backing and frame. Comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Holds up well over time.
The chalk tray is a bit flimsy. Some customers report problems with the board arriving broken or warped.
Great for those looking for a smaller chalkboard. Comes as a complete set that includes an eraser, chalk, and magnets. Nice quality and look for the money. Writes and erases well.
The board ships with a plastic film that can be very annoying to remove.
We recommend these products based on an intensive research process that's designed to cut through the noise and find the top products in this space. Guided by experts, we spend hours looking into the factors that matter, to bring you these selections.
Everything about a chalkboard, from the rough texture of the board to the smell of chalk dust, has a nostalgic feel. But despite the rise of alternatives, such as whiteboards and smart boards, they still have a place in the modern world. While you might occasionally find them in classrooms, they’re now more popular as a decorative feature for the home or a business.
Easy to use and made to last, chalkboards come in a wide range of sizes and shapes with frames, chalk holders, and predesigned imprints on the surface (such as a weekly calendar to keep you organized). You’ll also need to consider the shape and size of the board and how you want to display it, with options ranging from easels to hanging frames.
To learn more, read our handy shopping guide, which has all the information you’ll need to choose the best chalkboard. When you’re ready to buy, consider one of our top picks.
Probably the most common, the hanging-frame chalkboard comes in almost any style to fit your décor. Typically made of wood or metal, they can be thick to add drama or thin to maintain a minimal style. Frames may be round, square, rectangular, or oval. Some are decorated with a floral motif while others are strictly utilitarian. To hang them up, they often come with a hook, hanger, or jute cord on the back.
Sticker chalkboards revolutionized decorating. They can be made in almost any shape or size, and they stick to pretty much any flat surface. Need a cute car decoration for your son’s room or a butterfly for your daughter’s? Yup, there’s a chalkboard sticker for that. Though they’re not the most durable option, they’re certainly one of the most versatile.
Chalkboards with a stand are typically used in a classroom setting. Stands made of wood or aluminum (with or without wheels) work well for multipurpose areas. These models take up a fair amount of space, but if you don’t have the wall space to hang a chalkboard, they’re a solid option.
When it comes to kids, a chalkboard easel is a fun addition to any play area. These models are often double-sided with the opposite side being a whiteboard. They may have a tray for holding chalk and an eraser or other art supplies. While they do take up some floor space, many can be easily folded for storage.
Magnetic chalkboards attach to your refrigerator. They often come with a blank calendar or numbered list printed on them, so you can keep your family’s schedule where everyone can see.
What sidewalk café is complete without an A-frame chalkboard? These models are ideal for announcing menus, putting up a daily quote, or keeping customers up to date on your latest merchandise. They may also be the perfect welcome at your front door. They’re usually large but can be folded for storage.
Chalkboards can be found in almost any size, from the 120” x 48” model that you would find in a classroom to mini 4” x 3” models that make great wedding favors. When choosing your board, think about it as a picture frame. How would you like it to look in the space you have? It should be both proportionate to the room and compliant with your décor.
What’s the use of a chalkboard if you can’t find the chalk? Chalk trays keep everything you need at hand. They come in several forms. Large hanging chalkboards may have a tray or shelf on the bottom of the frame, while smaller chalkboards may have a cup attached to the frame.
Frames typically come in wood or lightweight aluminum. You’ll find wood frames in a wide range of widths and finishes. The larger and thicker the wood frame, the more massive and heavier the chalkboard, which can limit where you can hang it. Aluminum, on the other hand, is incredibly lightweight even when the chalkboard and frame are large.
Chalkboards give a charming nostalgic feel to any home or storefront. The design and style depend on the frame choice, shape, and color. Models with imprinted designs, such as a weekly menu, monthly calendar, or basketball court, provide an excellent reusable writing surface. As for color, you can find chalkboards in a wide variety of shades, including black, brown, green, gray, and blue.
No matter what kind of chalkboard you choose, be sure that it fits with the décor in the rest of the room or home. For instance, a chalkboard with a simple metal frame may fit in an office but may be too cold for a kitchen. On the other hand, a refrigerator magnet chalkboard might be too informal in an office break room. Take each design element — the size, shape, and frame style — and balance it with the location and purpose of the room.
Inexpensive: Chalkboard prices are primarily based on size and display style. Mini hanging chalkboards start at less than $10 and some wood-frame models as large as 8" x 10" may come in at under $5. Colors include classic black, blue, or green.
Mid-range: In the $10 to $50 range, the chalkboards are larger (around 24" x 36"), though you'll find smaller models in pedestal or easel styles. Unframed models often come in multipacks in this price range. For $50 to $100, you’ll find large classroom-size chalkboards and A-frames that are large enough for use outside a storefront. Metal frames with chalk holders or trays are common at this price. Models with wood frames may be thick enough for the chalk to be stored on the lip of the frame.
Expensive: The priciest chalkboards go for $100 and up (some run well over $300) and are large hanging or standing chalkboards meant for a classroom or instructional use. They have chalk trays and a reverse side with either a whiteboard or corkboard on it.
Q. How do you clean a chalkboard?
A. The first step is to wipe the chalkboard down with a clean eraser. Most of the time, this should be enough. However, if chalk dust has built up, you can use a chalkboard-safe cleaning solution and lint-free cloth. Be sure to spray a small area first. You want to wipe off the solution before it dries on the chalkboard, as it can leave a stain that won't hold chalk.
Q. Does the kind of chalk I use matter?
A. All chalks are relatively similar with little variation between manufacturing methods. However, some colored chalks have pigments that can leave a stain on the chalkboard. If you want to maintain the chalkboard's surface, opt for white or yellow chalk, as it's least likely to leave a mark behind.
Q. Are all chalkboards magnetic?
A. Some chalkboards are magnetic due to the metal sheet underneath the porcelain enamel surface. But if a chalkboard has a wood or other non-magnetic backing, it won’t be.