The 7 Best Chalkboards

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in May of 2016. They may be a bit old-fashioned and rather messy, but chalkboards offer a nostalgic charm. They’re useful for letting kids create colorful artwork or for making all sorts of signs for promoting a business. A more modern use is sharing announcements and milestones on Facebook or Instagram. We've included a variety of sizes and designs, so you'll surely find one that meets your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. HBCY Creations A-Frame

2. Cade 3 Pack

3. VersaChalk Decorative

Editor's Notes

July 17, 2019:

In addition to sets of reliable colored pencils and acrylic paint, a set of chalk and a chalkboard are must-have supplies for many an artist. Today’s chalkboards come in a wide variety of sizes and designs, with green- and black-colored options, as well as those that are conveniently magnetic. Some come equipped with erasers, traditional chalk, and liquid chalk. Not only are chalkboards great for artists, but they’re used by many a restaurant owner whose menu changes daily, as well as by party hosts who want to create a fun, vintage ambiance while presenting a seating chart or a menu.

Joining the others in today’s update is the HBCY Creations A-Frame, a large selection that’s great for placing outside your restaurant to announce menu items or specials, as well as for placing outside of your home to welcome party guests. It’s conveniently magnetic, so you can display photos of foods or guests of honor, when appropriate. It folds flat for convenient storage and is backed by a satisfaction guarantee, so you can buy it with confidence.

Also coming on board is the Cake 3 Pack, which features compact slates that are each roughly the size of a sheet of loose-leaf paper. They’re great for countertop displays, for kids to draw on, or for making fun, colorful announcements that are Instagram-worthy. (Think children’s birthdays, first and last days of the school year, anniversaries, and more.)

Leaving the list is the Freestanding Country Rustic Style Message, due to availability concerns. In addition, we removed the Chalkboard Sign Message Board; while its plastic surface works well with liquid chalk markers, it falls short when it comes to the use of traditional chalk.

Special Honors

RH Baby & Child Chalkboard Riveted corner brackets, a sturdy metal frame, and an aged bronze finish all provide this durable selection with an early industrial look and timeworn appeal. It can be hung either horizontally or vertically and comes in sizes of 24-by-36 inches and 40-by-60 inches. It’s easy to hang with just a Phillips screwdriver, a drill, and a stud finder, and it wipes clean easily with a soft, dry cloth.

4. Krylon Chalkboard Paint

5. Mr. Big Chalk

6. Dooley 2436CH

7. Mega Stationers ST058

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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