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Magnetic Bulletin Boards to Help You Get Organized

Updated on May 28, 2014

Magnetic Memo Board, Pushpin Bulletin Board, or... a Two-in-One Combo?

In the bedroom, kitchen family message center, dorm room or home office, a magnetic bulletin board can make it a heck of a lot easier to keep organized and keep your fav photos on display.

What about an ordinary old-fashioned cork board bulletin? Well, I'm not a big fan of stepping on dropped pushpins with bare feet, so a magnetic bulletin board is my first choice. Magnets are great for posting your photos without poking holes in them, too.

Sure, dry-erase white boards are fine for scribbling a quick memo, and your phone has your whole digital life in its memory, but you still need a place to stick all those business cards and tickets and invitations and receipts that you haven't got around to filing away... But which bulletin board will suit your needs? Take a look and see if you can guess which style I like best. ;)

Photo: Umbra Magnetic Pushpin Bulletin Board

Umbra Magnetic Pushpin Bulletin Board

Magnets and Pushpins Included

Magnetic chalkboards, dry-erase boards, cork or magnetic bulletin boards, and combo boards that bring together all kinds of... the choices for organizing a busy family, work, or personal life are wide open. We'll take a look at some of those here, including a DIY option to make your own magnetic board.

For organizing in my own home office, however, my top pick is Umbra's two-in-one Magnetic Pushpin Board. Okay, so maybe it's true that we always want to have the "best of both worlds" - but a good-looking bulletin board that will work with both magnets and pushpins? That's got real appeal.

Magnetic Pushpins ... or Pushpin Magnets? - Heavy-Duty Neodymium Magnets

24 pieces (assorted colors) shaped like little pushpins - but they're really magnets.

Umbra Magnetic Bulletin Boards have tiny holes so they'll work with BOTH magnets AND regular pushpins!

Push Pins and Magnets - Both! - My Favorite Memo Boards

What I think is really cool about Umbra's bulletin board, besides the sleek modern-tech look of the perforated metal - a patented design by Erik Man - is that you can use both magnets and pushpins on it. Because sometimes you just don't want to poke a pin through an important document or photograph... but a magnet isn't always as secure as you'd like on a breezy day with the window open, or when you need to pin up a number of papers, cardboard, or other thicker material. Pretty slick, eh?

Umbra Bulletboard Magnetic Bulletin Board, 15-Inch by 21-Inch
Umbra Bulletboard Magnetic Bulletin Board, 15-Inch by 21-Inch

15" x 21" metal board comes with 12 silver pushpins, 12 black magnets.

 

Traditional Style Magnetic Chalkboard

Wall Mounted Magnetic Chalkboard Size: 1' H x 1.5' W
Wall Mounted Magnetic Chalkboard Size: 1' H x 1.5' W

I like this magnetic chalk board for a kitchen, to keep the family organized and jot down quick phone memos, items for the grocery list, maybe even the menu for tonight's dinner. Very cute in country decor, of course, but it's also got a kind of urban bistro style that could make it at home in almost any room short of modern minimalist style (for contemporary minimalism, I'd pick the perforated metal Umbra, above).

 

3-in-1 Magnetic Dry-erase Calendar with Pushpin Cork Strip

Board Dudes 18" x 22" Home Decor Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar with Cork Strip (84015UA-4)
Board Dudes 18" x 22" Home Decor Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar with Cork Strip (84015UA-4)

Magnets and pushpins for your papers and notes, and a calendar to jot down appointments with dry-erase markers - this bulletin board is a super choice for a family communication center or to help keep a college student on track with his deadlines.

 

How to Make a Magnetic Board - If you don't have space to hang a bulletin board...

Sarah got a new stainless steel fridge, and now her kids have nowhere to play with their little magnet alphabet letters, except on the front of her washer and dryer. But of course Sarah wants her little ones to play in the kitchen, close to her, where she can keep an eye on them... Solution? Make a magnet board!

In this video tutorial, Sarah shows how to make a magnetic board right on your own wall, simply by using easy-to-roll on magnetic paint primer - you can paint over with any colour you want to match your d├ęcor, or even with chalkboard paint for a great kids' play area.

Magnetic Paint and Chalkboard Paint - DIY Products for Custom Memo Boards

Magnamagic Magnetic Receptive Wall Paint - One Quart
Magnamagic Magnetic Receptive Wall Paint - One Quart

For a DIY bulletin board or memo wall that will work with magnets, a good magnet-attracting paint or primer under regular household latex paint is what you need, but do be very sure that you follow directions carefully and give it three good solid coats. It also helps to use good-quality strong magnets. You know how the cheap weak dollar-store magnets won't stick to your fridge as well as super-strength rare-earth magnets? It will be the same with this magnet-friendly surface treatment.

 
Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce
Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce

Rust-Oleum has a long history as a trusted brand name in specialty paint supplies, and their chalkboard paint remains one of the most popular brands of brush-on kind. If you prefer a spray paint (best for items you can take outdoors into the fresh air for painting), Rust-Oleum does make a spray version as well.

 
Con-Tact Brand Adhesive Chalk Board Covering, 18 Inches by 6 Feet, Black
Con-Tact Brand Adhesive Chalk Board Covering, 18 Inches by 6 Feet, Black

Now, this is exciting for DIY crafters - peel-and-stick contact paper for a fast no-mess chalkboard surface!

 

What kind of bulletin board will help you to get more organized? - I say, Magnetic Bulletin Boards are best!

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    • BlueObsidian profile image

      Kimberly 5 years ago from Oregon

      I like those Umbra boards! I've never seen them before!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @BlueObsidian: I know when I saw them, I thought - Pushpins *or* magnets, well, that's just so clever! ... yeah, kinda silly to get so excited over an office supply item, I know. :)

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I have one, but it still hasn't been put up. I think it may be one of those things I wind up doing for myself. Interesting lens! Blessings!

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Who knew there were so many choices? Quirky idea for a rather entertaining lens!

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