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The Differences Between Cork and Felt Notice Boards

When walking into an office, there are a few pieces of furniture and equipment that you expect to see. Desks, chairs, papers and documents and, of course, a noticeboard.

Notice boards are the first point of call for new announcements and to-do lists and come in many shapes, sizes and materials.

If you are looking for a notice board to add to your office space, follow our guide to find out which type is the best for you.


Cork notice boards

Cork notice board

A more traditional option, cork is what many people expect a notice board to be made from.

The classic image of a cork notice board with colourful pins creates an aesthetically pleasing design, adding a stylish look to any office space.

What is cork?

Soft and lightweight, cork is naturally derived from the bark of a tree. Once it has been collected, the cork is boiled to make it soft, and then ground up so it can be shaped into a board.

What are the benefits of a cork notice board?

A natural cork notice board has many surprising benefits which include being:

  • Rot-resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Fire-retardant options
  • Anti-slip


Felt notice boards

Felt notice board

This option is more stylish and modern, giving your space a contemporary look.

Great for use in schools and offices alike, the fabric feel of felt is ideal for displaying information on, using push pins or Velcro.

What exactly is felt?

Felt is a popular textile material that is widely used in a huge variety of applications – one of which is notice boards.

Produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, felt can be derived from natural, synthetic or even blended fibres.

What are the benefits of a felt notice board?

  • Soft to touch
  • Variety of colour options to choose from
  • Easily pinnable surface
  • Anti-slip
  • Flame-retardant options


Which type of notice board is best for my space?

Both cork and felt notice boards deliver the same outcome – providing positive communication opportunities between people in the workplace. However, each type has its own, distinct properties that lend themselves to different work environments.

For example, some types of felt notice boards have bacteriostatic properties that repel dust and bacteria, making them ideal for hygienic environments like hospitals or food production sites.

On the other hand, cork notice boards have an overall cleaner and simpler look which makes them ideal for some professional applications.

Of course, the type of notice board you decide on comes down to personal choice, but we hope the information above has provided a helpful insight.

You can view our full range of notice boards here. If you have any questions or quires, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team for advice.

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Richard O'Connor is a Director at First Mats. He has deep knowledge in areas like Manufacturing, Warehousing, Marine, and Health & Safety. Richard's insights have been featured in well-known publications such as Bloomberg Business, The Sun, and Reader's Digest. His blend of industry expertise and passion for sharing makes him a sought-after voice in his fields.

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