Posted on January 08 2019
Dry erase wallcoverings are another type of wall décor products that emphasize functionality and versatility over color or imagery. Transforming a wall into a writable surface has its uses, particular in commercial spaces. In this article, let’s take a look at how designers can use dry erase wallcovering products in their next contract design project!
The first commercial application that probably jumps to mind when thinking about the applications for dry erase wallcoverings is corporate. Corporate spaces can include a variety of different environments, such as a large-scale corporation or a start-up business. It includes communal spaces such as a boardroom or more private settings like an office. In all of these cases, using dry erase wallcoverings is an excellent way to add functionality to the walls and provide additional workspace.
For corporate contract design projects, we recommend our Walls IQ Dry Erase Low-Gloss Wallcovering or our Walls IQ Dry Erase Magnetic Wallcovering. Both of these have additional features over the regular dry erase products, providing more functionality suitable for these spaces. For business environments where a lot of presentations are given or there is the use of projection devices, the low-gloss dry erase wallcovering is the perfect choice. It has a more matte surface, reducing glare and reflections. On the other hand, the magnetic dry erase wallcovering can be used with magnets, making it a great surface for attaching loose papers on the walls. In general, dry erase wallcoverings are the perfect fit for corporate settings because it can be used as a convenient backdrop for brainstorming sessions and other work.
Similar to corporate settings, education applications for dry erase are varied. Designers can make use of dry erase products in a number of ways, whether it’s for a pre-school, elementary school, high school, university, or tutoring center. Walls IQ dry erase wallcovering products are not only easy to clean and maintain, but they’re durable as well and can stand up to regular wear and tear of daily activities.
One of the obvious ways to use dry erase in a traditional school setting is to replace chalkboards with dry erase panels. This not only adds a cleaner look to the space, but also removes the need for clunky chalk and removes the presence of annoying chalk dust. Libraries and study rooms can also benefit from installing dry erase wallcoverings, as it can be a useful aid for students. Lastly, using dry erase wallcoverings in university dorms can add a functional element to the bedroom, providing a blank canvas for students as they study or work on their projects.
In the healthcare industry, dry erase wallcoverings can provide tactile benefits - boosting productivity, being able to jot down quick notes, and re-arranging staff schedules all within easy reach is efficient and user-friendly. For healthcare settings, we commend the regular Walls IQ High Gloss Dry Erase Wallcovering. These 60” panels can be installed on the walls vertically or horizontally, so designers have some freedom as to how they want to structure the writing surface.
Dry erase wallcoverings can be used in offices as an additional workspace, in staff rooms for scheduling purposes, and in patient’s rooms, just to name a few applications. Because writing is done with a dry erase marker that can be easily erased, there’s no risk of harmful dust or residue. It’s a clean, environmentally safe way of jotting down notes.
Retail, Restaurants, and Hospitality
In restaurants and retail stores, dry erase wallcoverings can provide flexibility in workspaces that are smaller or more limited. We recommend the traditional Walls IQ High Gloss Dry Erase Wallcovering or the Walls IQ Clear Paint Solution, which is available in cans of 50, 100, and 200 sq. ft. With the clear paint solution, the liquid dries to become a writable surface, much like the other Walls IQ product. The major difference is that designers can fully control the size and shape of the dry erase surface. This makes it perfect for spaces that are more cluttered where perhaps a full dry erase panel wouldn’t make sense.
Dry erase wallcoverings can be used to take down quick notes, such as inventory management, to-do lists, scheduling for staff members, and other day-to-day activities. For applications such as restaurants, owners can use the dry erase wallcovering to display their menu. This is great for places that have rotating items or seasonal specials as the menu on the dry erase wallcovering can be easily erased and re-written. It's also a cost-effective way to switch up the menu without having to print out a new set each time something new is added.
Senior Living and Other Accommodations
Senior living and other accommodations, such as daycares, condos, hotels, and apartments, can also benefit from the installation of dry erase wallcoverings. For staff members, dry erase can provide similar functionalities as mentioned before, such as scheduling and providing an additional writing surface that’s easy to use and maintain.
For designers thinking outside the box, why not consider using dry erase wallcoverings within each room? Dry erase is a functional and versatile surface, making it suitable for a variety of needs. For daycares, consider how a writable wall can have a positive impact on children who want to use it as a creative outlet. As with other wall décor products, designers can mix and match dry erase wallcoverings with other products, such as wallpaper and digital murals, to create a stylish environment.