Best Ideas for a Chalkboard Menu for Cafés

Let your customers be inspired by more than just the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Turn your café into a vintage nook with the simple touch of a DIY chalkboard menu!

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Chalkboards give any space that homey feel customers look for when they want to enjoy a cup of tea while savoring a piece of a pie. They can also transform a traditional-looking space into an art gallery. And you can achieve all these results without breaking a sweat and without spending thousands of dollars. As every chalkboard enthusiasts knows, DIY chalkboard projects are easy to make and light on the budget.

Here some ideas for how you can transform your space by creating DIY chalkboard menus. See how they can help drive sales in your café, while at the same time making your customers feel as if they haven’t left the comfort of their homes to enjoy your lovely cup of coffee and tea.

Chalkboard Counter Menus Are a Beauty

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This is the most common chalkboard menu project that cafes use. Most often, menu chalkboards come in big sizes that are mounted behind the counter to allow people to see the menu as they wait in line. Don't have a massive chalkboard handy? No problem! You can create a gigantic chalkboard menu by using chalkboard vinyl sheets or contact paper. After you peel the backing off the chalkboard sheets, they will easily stick on any smooth surface. Then, use liquid chalk markers and start creating your menu.

Here's a bonus tip: place pin lights on your chalkboard menu. They will greatly complement the colorful impact of liquid chalk markers on your menu board.

Hanging Chalkboard Menu

chalkboard menu for cafe

Instead of spending too much on paintings or artistic photographs to hang on your café’s walls, why not create a hanging chalkboard menu? You can conveniently hang it anywhere in your café, then use liquid chalk markers and write your daily offerings on it. You can add images that tease the taste buds, like small coffee cups labeled with the different coffee flavors you offer.

Folding Chalkboard Tabletop Menu

Let your customers know about the pie of the day right after they take their seats. Attach two framed chalkboards to make an A-frame, and place it on top of the table. You can write down your daily specials or simply draw an irresistible pie slice on your unique chalkboard tabletop menu. 

You can easily make all these DIY chalkboard menus for cafes by using chalkboard vinyl sheets or contact paper. And be sure that you use liquid chalk markers to give a brighter, sharper and more distinctive look to your designs than you could ever create with dusty old traditional chalk.

So get yourself ready and start your DIY chalkboard menu today to see how you can drive sales with these budget-friendly and easy to make chalkboard projects!