How to Pick the Right Poster Board Type for Your Print Project

When you have a big presentation or event coming up, getting a poster board created shouldn’t be something you need to waste time worrying about.

However, many people find themselves surprised – and sometimes overwhelmed – by the choices they need to make about their board. Once they determine the type of paper they want to use (gloss for photo quality paper with full shine; satin for a photo quality paper with less shine; or heavy bond for a more matte finish), they’ll need to choose what type of board to mount it on. There are a number of board options to consider, including foam, gator, museum or corrugated board. So how do you determine which one you should use?

Foam Board

Foam Board (1)

Most people have used a foam board for a presentation before. Think back to your high school days; if you ever made a board for a class project, you likely used foam board. Much like your poster board for your senior year English class project, foam boards are meant to only be used once; over time, foam board will begin to bow in the center, causing the board to become less sturdy. 

  • Foam boards are available in black and white
  • The largest mount Aloha prints is 48” x 96”
  • Available in 3/16” and ¼” thickness

Gator Board

Gator 1

If you want your board to withstand the test of time (and multiple meetings), gator board is your best bet. Though gator board costs more than a foam board, it is far sturdier – allowing you to use it over and over again without fear of it becoming disfigured or breaking. 

  • Gator boards are available in black and white
  • Largest mount capable is 48” x 96”
  • Available in ¼” and ½” thickness

Museum Board

Museum Board

Foam and gator boards are great options for many projects; however, for some, they are too thick to serve their purpose. If you need a very thin and double-sided mount, you should look toward the museum board.

A museum board is both thin and sturdy, and can fit into most frames. You’ll often seem museum boards in hotel lobbies and (you guessed it) museums.

  • Museum boards are available in black and white
  • Available in a range of standard sizes
  • Available in 3/16” thickness

Corrugated Board


Not all boards are used indoors. If you need a weather resistant board (perhaps you are planning a golf outing and you need signage for each hole), your best bet is corrugated board. Corrugated board has a honeycomb shape, is weather resistant and can be staked into the ground.

  • Corrugated board is available in white
  • Available in a range of standard sizes
  • Available in  3/16” to 1/4" thickness

Board Protection

Need extra protection for your board? Lamination will keep your board safe, no matter what type of board you choose.

  • Lamination protects your board from the elements
  • Helps your board keep its form
  • Adds an extra layer of gloss
  • If you need to write on it, you can request a dry erase laminate

If you’re ready to print and mount your board, give Aloha Print Group a call at (312) 542-1300.


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