Our new house design allows for a home office. Our dry erase whiteboard is actually quite large, 120cm x 90cm and quite heavy. To safely hang it on the wall I decided to use a technique I haven’t seen much here yet. This is a technique my dad showed me when he owned and run a joinery and cabinet business. It was used every time a heavy overhead cupboard, book shelve were to be hang on a wall.
I find a lot benefits to this method:
- You can work by yourself, a second person as an aid to hold the board in place while marking/drilling is not necessary
- Very strong as the support on the wall is attached to the stud and not to the plaster
- Easy to adjust to get perfect level
- Can virtually be applied to anything heavy you need to hang on a wall
- Clean as you need to drill only a few holes to provide a very strong support (in my case only two holes on the wall)
In this post I’ll share with you this technique.
Tools and materials I used
- MDF 12mm
- 2 x 8G 60mm timber screws
- 3 x 6G 16mm timber screws
- A Bosch jigsaw
- steel square
- stud finder
- ordless screw driver
Step 1. Prepare and attach the support to the board
This is how the back of the dry whiteboard looks like once the MDF has been attached to it:
Step 2. Prepare and attach the counter support
The piece of MDF to be fixed to the stud trough the plaster wall needs to be higher so you can have two attach points to provide optimal strength.
Final step. Hang your office whiteboard
Hover the board over the wall support and slide down slowly until the board is like stuck to the wall by the magic of the MDF supporting system. The weight of the whiteboard combined with gravity makes it firmly stuck to the wall thanks to the bevel cuts in the MDF support.
To remove the board, just slide it up and take it away. It’s that easy!
In conclusion I like this technique even for hanging an office whiteboard. I don’t mind if the screws on the board are visible. I could put screw caps to make them less visible. My priorities here were safety – the board must be securely hung on stud and not plaster – with a minimum of holes in the wall.
If you use another technique please feel free to share in the comment section.