Are you looking for classroom storage ideas for under your whiteboard? The wall space under classroom whiteboards is usually overlooked as storage space, but you may be surprised to find that many types of classroom tools can be stored there without becoming a hindrance to free movement.
The front of the whiteboard can be a high traffic area, so if you need to place a bookshelf or table under it, it must be very narrow along the wall. This will allow teachers to be able to comfortably write on the whiteboard without stubbing their toes or stretching out their arms too far.
If you have items that your students need to access for themselves, keeping these items stored in a low, easy to reach location would be convenient for young students. Especially now that, for the sake of not spreading germs, we need more storage spaces for students to have their own personal tools that are not for group sharing. (There is a list of no-share tools in this blog post.) A low bookshelf or cubby shelf is ideal for stores of glue, scissors, crayons, Playdoh, etc, all sorted into bins labeled with students’ names or students’ numbers.
What Can You Store Under Your Whiteboard Area?
Teachers can hang up students’ headphones or clipboards, either on the wall or on a low bookshelf or on a table that fits under the whiteboard area. Of course, classroom library books can be stored in the bookshelf. Modular storage drawers can store centers and worksheets without making the whiteboard area look too cluttered.
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Classroom Storage Ideas for Under your Whiteboard
Hang earphones under the whiteboard: Install wall mounted peg racks along the bottom of your whiteboard to hang students’ headphones. Use a marker to write the student numbers above each peg or use number stickers.
Keep clipboards under the whiteboard: Use up the wall space under your whiteboard by hanging up student whiteboards on it. These adhesive hooks can be applied to the wall so that the clipboard can hang from them when they are not in use.
Plastic storage drawers: Keep classroom centers or art and craft supplies in labeled drawers. The drawers should be small enough to fit under the classroom whiteboard. See the many types of resources that teachers keep in plastic storage drawers in this blog post.
Reading nook pillows: Small items like pillows for independent reading time are often kept under the classroom whiteboard. You can’t really stub your toes on them since they are soft.
Low Bookshelves: A low cubby shelf like this can hold book bins and storage baskets for books and puzzles respectively.
Keep important items within reach: Some items are simply too large or too delicate to be kept at the students’ desk. Classroom tablets and laptops, are an example of no-share tools that need to be stored safely but in an area that is easily seen and easily accessed by the students. A small table is also ideal for your whiteboard projector. Most teachers keep their projectors on the table and slide them up against the wall when the projector is not in use.
Classroom Display Ideas for Under your Whiteboard
Aside from storing items under your whiteboard area, you can also use the wall space for displaying posters and bulletin boards. Below ere examples of display ideas for the wall space under your whiteboard:
Number Posters: Number posters usually go from the numbers zero to twenty. This set goes up to thirty. I like that they are narrow because this allows for all thirty posters to fit on the wall under the whiteboard.
Showcase books: A teacher keeps a book rack under her whiteboard area to showcase book choices for for her students. She says that they love to choose books to read during their free time.
A rug for the teacher to stand on: You can keep a small kitchen rug on the floor for you to stand on it while you are working at the whiteboard. If you have to stand there for long periods, it would feel better to stand on a soft padding rather than a hard floor.
More classroom storage ideas for under your whiteboard will be added as I find them. Check out these ideas for what you can hang above your whiteboard area.