Homeschooling? No Wall Space…No Problem!

My family does a lot of our homeschool work in the dining room which opens up to the rest of the living areas. This means that the dinning room only has two walls, one with a window and one lined with bookshelves. This doesn’t leave any wall space for displaying posters or hanging a white board so I had to get creative!

creative solutions to no wall space

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I purchased a large piece of shower board (also known as tile board) from our local hardware store. I had them cut the shower board into one large piece (to use as a white board) and several smaller pieces (to use for lap boards). Since I have no extra wall space for hanging the white board, I prop it up against my kitchen bar stools during school time and tuck it away when we are done. I’ve found that the Expo Dry Erase markers work the best on shower board and easily erase using a white board eraser or a dry cloth.

white board

I also use binder rings to hang posters from the curtain rod above my dining room window. I love that I can easily remove the posters if I want to use my dining room to entertain guests.

hanging posters from curtain rod

Instead of storing our history timeline in a folder, I put it on the wall in our hallway that is near our dining room. That way the kids can glance at the timeline throughout the day. I use painter’s tape to hang our timeline pieces on the wall so that we don’t ruin the paint.

timeline in hallway

I have also thought about placing mantle clips on my bookshelves and hanging additional posters from them. I might give this a try as our poster collection increases!

Do you have any more creative ideas for homeschooling with no wall space?

Also shared at: Hip Homeschool Moms


  1. What great ideas! I was trying to figure out something for my family since we use our dining room as well and my husband doesn’t want me to take up all the space. Something I can take down or put away is a great idea. I just need to figure out where to put it. 🙂

  2. We use our dining room also (despite having a nice school room on the 3rd floor). It is amazing how tricky it can be to keep school/life/entertaining organized. Love the binder ring trick. I’ll have to give that a try.

  3. We have a lot in common! We just did that sentence in The Nose Tree – Fix It Grammar recently, and we’re also using My Father’s World! 🙂

    Now you’ve got me thinking about putting a tension rod up in one of the “windows” I have between my school room and the staircase. Hmm! Binder rings…!

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