Whiteboards, Glassboards, Dry Erase Boards: What’s the Difference? 

Person writing on whiteboard.

Whiteboards – also referred to as Dry Erase Boards, Markerboards, Glassboards, etc. – have become one of the easiest ways to teach, brainstorm, schedule and assign tasks, track calendars, visualize thoughts, and so much more. Think of when you were in school – did you have a chalkboard? That’s now been replaced by a whiteboard. What about when you’re in a meeting trying to troubleshoot a problem? Throw ideas up on the whiteboard. Are you looking to assign certain tasks to certain employees? Putting these assignments on a whiteboard is an easy way to communicate. Keep track of schedules with a whiteboard calendar.

What to Consider When Buying

When you’re looking for a whiteboard, there are several things to consider:

1. Use- What are you using it for? Does it need to be mobile?

2. Size- How big does it need to be?

3. Material- We’ll go into this further, but what material do you prefer?

4. Durability- How well does it need to hold up?

5. Magnetism- Do you want it to be magnetic or not?

6. Features- Does it have a tray? A light? Is it a smart board?

7. Upkeep- What is the maintenance like for this board?


When choosing a whiteboard, material matters. There are several distinct types, each with their advantages. We’ll cover these four materials: melamine, porcelain, painted steel, and glass. The surface will determine the stain resistance, durability, and price of a whiteboard, among others.


This is most commonly found in whiteboards used for personal, infrequent use. You’ll find them on door room doors, study rooms, laundry rooms, etc. While they aren’t the most durable option available, with proper cleaning and upkeep, melamine whiteboards can last quite a while. The best performing ones have a second coating to improve the eraseability and prevent staining.


Porcelain whiteboards are non-porous, meaning the ink doesn’t penetrate the surface of the board, allowing for easy cleaning. They do not scratch, dent, or stain, extending the life and use of the whiteboard. They are best suited to conference rooms, schools, shared spaces, etc. — anywhere it is being used frequently. Be sure to choose a sturdy wall on which to hang these boards, as they are quite heavy.

Painted Steel

While melamine whiteboards are commonly found in personal use, painted steel whiteboards are the most typically used dry erase style across the board. They are made with a steel backing which is then painted with a white base and a clear performance coat, which allows for the dry eraseability. Because they are steel, these boards are naturally magnetic. While they don’t last as long as others, consistent cleaning will extend the life of your board.


Glass whiteboards offer a modern look and feel. They are made with tempered glass and do not scratch or dent. One of the best features of these is that they do not stain or leave “ghost letters”. Glass boards can be made magnetic if you prefer but are also available in non-magnetic. They are a high-quality investment and offer extreme durability and longevity.


In the modern workplace functionality is imperative, but mobility and form are quickly becoming important as well. We must be adaptable in our environments. What do you do when you want to turn a tabletop or desk into a whiteboard? With Flex Write technology, you can simply unroll the material, peel & stick it to a surface, and write freely.

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The Psychology of Smell

As employees come back to the office, consumers are shopping more, and restaurants are getting busier, it’s important to think about your olfactory branding. What is your scent? From bathroom to breakroom, your scent is a direct reflection of your brand.

It can be argued that many of the reasons we act the way we do is because of our sense of smell. This sense can affect almost every aspect of our lives and is a main part of how we experience our lives and determine our preferences. Without scent, we would only be able to taste that ice cream is sweet, not that it’s chocolate, or that pretzels are salty, not that they’re buttery. Our tastebuds tell us the taste and our noses tell us the flavor.

Scent is directly connected to the emotional hardwiring of our brains. Memories are tied to our experience of emotions and our emotional memory is tied to our sense of smell. This is one of the main reasons companies use olfactory branding. If you have a positive interaction with a brand and they have a signature scent, you’re going to have a positive reaction every time you smell that scent, whether you’re conscious of the reaction or not. And everyone wants to be remembered positively.

How Can Scent Improve Your Mood?

Have you ever walked past something – a burger joint, a freshly-mown lawn, a lilac bush – and gotten a great whiff? You know the smells. As soon as you read them, you knew them. Those smells can make you hungry, can remind you of your childhood, or remind you of a particular person. There are a few specific smells that are known to improve a person’s mood just from an aroma.


Two bees pollinating lavender.

We often use lavender as a calming scent. Perhaps you put it on your wrists before a flight. Or maybe you drink a stress relieving lavender tea after a tough day. However you use it, lavender is great to help relieve stress and improve mood.


Flowering jasmine plant.

Similar to lavender, jasmine can calm someone down. It’s also known for its cheerfulness. This rich, sweet flavor can induce feelings of optimism and strength, allowing you to tackle the day’s tasks.


Sprigs of rosemary.

Did you know that rosemary increases brain function, improves blood circulation, and boosts the immune system? So much good comes from one small herb.


Fresh lemons.

Lemon has antiviral properties that help you fight both sickness and sadness. This cheerful, bright scent is a “pick me up” in the day. A small sniff of lemon will wake you up and keep you focused and strong.

Ways to Bring Scent into the Office

Known for their “Smellitizers,” Disney parks have specific smells for a specific areas. This kind of olfactory branding is used to equate a good experience with a good smell. How can you bring this kind of technology into your office? Quite easily. Metered Dispensers will emit a scent according to an internal timer. Every 90 seconds, a small burst of Lavender-Chamomile will waft into the room, improving mood, focus, and output. Or perhaps you prefer Crisp Linen or Sandalwood. Whatever scent you choose, be sure to remember that smell sensitivities and allergies are important to consider.

Ways to Deodorize Your Office

Now, we know not all scents are good. So, we have things that can clean, cover up, or deodorize the air. The scent of something that is freshly cleaned can improve mood, as knowing you’re being kept safe is a great mood enhancer. You can also improve the air quality of your office with an Air Purifier.

Contact your Sundance Office account rep to order today!