Choosing A Drawing Board

How To Choose A Drawing Board

Tips For Buying A Technical Drawing Board:

A technical Drawing Board will be one of your most useful investments, particularly if you are about to start a design course or if you draw and design a lot as a hobby or as a professional.  With so many to choose from it can seem like a minefield.  Not to be confused with a desk, a Drawing Board offers a unique workspace and can be adjusted to an angle suitable for the user, making it more comfortable and practical.

Considerations such as space, portability and university course requirements should be taken into account. Your Drawing Board will be with you for a long time especially if you are studying Architecture or Interior Design.  It really is worth taking the time to ensure you buy the best drawing board for your needs and budget.


Challenge Drawing Board For Students & Hobbyists
Challenge Drawing Board, ideal for students & hobbyists


Size – Your first consideration should be Paper Size.  Your drawing board surface should always be larger in size than your paper so firstly decide on what is the largest size paper you will be working on.  Course requirements vary but a larger working space will give you more room to manoeuvre and it may be false economy to buy a small Drawing Board, only to have to upsize a year later.

Space – The size of your Drawing Board will also be determined by the space available to you.  Do you have floor space for a floor standing Drawing Board?  Do you need to be able to pack it away when not in use?  If you are in student halls space will be tight and a desktop Drawing Board would suit your needs best.

Portability – If you need to transport your Dtawing Board from home to class or the office then you will have to consider the size and portability of your board, especially if negotiating public transport!  Imagine carrying a portfolio and a drawing board on the tube first thing in the morning!  If this is the case then the lightweight Challenge Drawing Board with its carry handle would be a good choice for you.

Working Height / Angle – Although many like working flat it really is better for your back to work sitting straight.  Basic Drawing Boards offer a working angle of 15º while adjustable boards can provide multiple angle positions to suit the user.  If you plan to do a lot of drawing, burning the midnight oil before a deadline, then consider your comfort.

Price – Your budget is the main thing that tends to steer you towards a certaing Drawing Board.  Depending on your needs, the price of a Drawing Board will vary.  If you are buying a Drawing Board for a degree course and hopefully a career, then it would be worth investing in a higher end adjustable Drawing Board.

What Is The Difference Between The Drawing Boards?

We sell a selection of Blundell Harling Drawing Boards.  Blundell Harling are renowned for their high quality and affordability.

All of the Drawing Boards that we stock come with parallel motion rules with cm & inches marked on it.  This allows you to work with set squares and templates easily as well as drawing parallel lines next to each other.

The main four Drawing Boards that we stock are the Challenge, the Challenge Ferndown, the Trueline and the Trueline Sherbourne.  So, you ask, what is the difference between these Drawing Boards & which one should I choose?

Challenge Drawing Board
The Challenge Drawing Board


The Challenge Drawing Board is ideal for students and professionals who need to transport their board to college or the office.  It is lightweight yet robust and the flip leg stand doubles as a carrying handle.  This board can be used flat or at an angle of 15º.  It has a transparent straightedge rule that has a graduated graphics scale.  The Challenge comes fitted with a simple cross-wire type parallel motion on a pulley system.

It is the most economic of the Drawing Boards making it a particularly popular choice with Art & Design Students.  You can buy an A1 Challenge Drawing Board or an A2 Challenge Drawing Board.


Challenge Ferndown Drawing Board
The Challenge Ferndown Drawing Board


The Challenge Ferndown Drawing Board has all the features of the Challenge board with the added flexibility of the Ferndown stand offering four working angles; 25º, 35º, 45º, and 60º.  The angle is very easy to change, there are four different slots for the back bar to slot in.

The Challenge Ferndown is ideal for students that prefer working at an increased angle.  When closed the steel stand acts as a carrying handle.  You can buy an A1 Challenge Ferndown Drawing Board or an A2 Challenge Ferndown Drawing Board.


Trueline Drawing Board
The Trueline Drawing Board


The Trueline Drawing Board offers more than the Challenge Drawing Board and is ideal for professional designers and architects as well as students.  It is a portable drawing board and its cross-wire parallel motion system runs on corner pulleys.  The moulded corner blocks attach the pulleys to the board and also protect the corners from damage.

There are cam brakes at either end of the rule which allow it to lock in to any position.  You can then work hands free (no need to have one hand on the ruler holding it down while creating your lines)!  The straight edge can be tilted or raised, allowing space for a cutting mat.

The straightedge is also double bevelled.  When using a drawing board many designers use Rotring pens at a right angle to prevent smudging.  This inking edge has been designed especially for this (another reason why the Trueline board is a popular choice with designers).  The flip leg also acts as a carrying handle.

If you want a high quality, portable Drawing Board then the Trueline is the answer.  Portable, smudgeproof and hands free – don’t expect it to do the work for you though!  You can buy an A1 Trueline Drawing Board or an A2 Trueline Drawing Board.


Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board
The Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board


The robust Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board has all the features of the Trueline board but with the added flexibility of the Sherbourne stand.  This offers four different working angles of 15º, 30º, 45º and 60º (approximately).  This Drawing Board is all singing and all dancing.  The front of the stand even incorporates a very handy pencil tray!

It is a must have Drawing Board for all designers and students but is a little more expensive (bet well worth it in our opinion!).  You can buy an A1 Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board or an A2 Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board.


If you are still unsure of which Drawing Board is the right one for you then you can go to one of our stores to take a look at them or you can contact us and we will be happy to help you.


Pullingers Art Shop stock a wide range of Art Supplies for technical drawing including all of the Drawing Boards mentioned above, Rotring Pens, adjustable set squares and drawing templates.

We have also put together a list of Art Supplies required for starting an Architecture Course which you may find useful!

2 thoughts on “How To Choose A Drawing Board

  1. To whom this may concern,

    I am an Interior design student, looking for a professional drawing board.
    I am very interested in the ‘Trueline Sherbourne Drawing Board,’ but I think it may be too big for my current needs. Currently looking for something very similar to the ‘Sherbourne’ (with all of the features) but in A3.

    I love the different angle positions and the fact that the ruler locks, but I would like a board in A3 (if possible).

    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Verona, Thanks for your question,

      The Sherbourne Drawing Board is only available in A2 and A1, but the Challenge board can be ordered in A3. This does have the various angles that you liked about the Sherbourne, but unfortunately doesn’t have a locking rule. Here is the link to the Challenge Drawing Board in A2, as we do not currently have the A3 on our website but it can be ordered if you would like :
      Please feel free to get back to me or to contact if you would like to place an order.
      Kind Regards,

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