How to Make a Permanent Grid on a Dry Erase Board

Written by karen a. whelan
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A white board, like a blackboard, is handy for its ability to be erased and rewritten repeatedly. However, problems arise when trying to track information such as sales over a one month period. Making changes to entries can cause things to become messy and illegible. Creating a permanent grid on the white board is a great way to create a large, visible "form" into which information can easily be entered and changed, keeping the overall information in a neat and organised fashion.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • White board
  • Yard stick
  • Cloth measuring tape
  • White board tape
  • Dry erase marker
  • Grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive tape
  • Level
  • White board cleaning fluid
  • White board eraser

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Instructions

    Planning

  1. 1

    Determine how many rows and columns will be required for the categories of information to be kept in the grid.

  2. 2

    Measure the length and width of the White Board with the ruler and write it on the grid paper with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Draw a line across the top of the grid paper, using one grid box per inch of actual size of the white board's horizontal dimension. Continue the line for the vertical measurement of the white board, using one grid box for each inch of the actual white board. Tape two sheets of grid paper together if the number of inches of the white board exceeds the number of grid boxes on the grid paper.

  4. 4

    Count the squares across the top and mark each grid line where a line will be needed to make a column on the white board. Extend the lines from top to bottom where each mark is made.

  5. 5

    Count the squares down the side and mark each grid line where a row will be needed on the white board. Extend the lines across from left to right where each mark is made.

  6. 6

    Enter column titles on the top row of the grid paper to correspond with the information that will be recorded on the white board. Be sure to skip the first column if there will also be row titles entered on the side of the grid.

  7. 7

    Enter row titles down the left side of the grid to correspond with the information that will be recorded on the white board.

  8. 8

    Review the entire grid to be sure there are the right number of rows and columns to accommodate the information that will be entered in the grid.

    Prepare Column Lines

  1. 1

    Extend the cloth measuring tape along the top of the white board and attach it with adhesive tape. Be sure it is taut across the top.

  2. 2

    Using a dry erase marker, carefully mark off each column by making a hash mark at each interval where a column line will be needed.

  3. 3

    Extend the cloth measuring tape across the bottom of the white board and repeat Step 2, being careful to attach the measuring tape firmly to the white board.

  4. 4

    Place the yard stick on the white board, lining up the first hash mark at the top left with the first hash mark at the bottom left. Carefully draw a line with the dry erase marker from top to bottom. Use the yard stick to keep the line straight.

  5. 5

    Check to be sure the line is straight by placing the level along the finished line and checking the bubble to be sure it is centred. Repeat for the remaining column lines.

    Prepare Row Lines

  1. 1

    Extend the cloth measuring tape along the left side of the White Board and attach it with adhesive tape. Be sure it is taut across the top.

  2. 2

    Using a dry erase marker, carefully mark off each row by making a hash mark at each interval where a row line will be needed.

  3. 3

    Extend the cloth measuring tape across the right side of the white board and repeat Step 2, being careful to attach the measuring tape firmly to the white board.

  4. 4

    Place the yard stick on the white board, lining up the first hash mark at the top left with the first hash mark at the top right. Carefully draw a line with the dry erase marker from left to right. Use the yard stick to keep the line straight.

  5. 5

    Check to be sure the line is straight by placing the level along the finished line and checking the bubble to be sure it is centred. Repeat for the remaining row lines.

    Make it Permanent

  1. 1

    Carefully apply the white board grid tape over the top of each column line drawn on the white board.

  2. 2

    Carefully apply the white board grid tape over the top of each row line drawn on the white board.

  3. 3

    Clean off the white board using the white board cleaning fluid and the white board eraser.

Tips and warnings

  • Planning is the most important part of creating a useful grid on a white board. If tape is not available, permanent markers can be used. However, be aware that it is permanent and any mistake can cause your entire project to be ruined.
  • Use a colour for the grid lines that will be different from the colour of dry erase markers used to enter the information in the grid.

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