The 9 Best Wall Calendars of 2023 to Plan Ahead

The Minted Classic Wall Calendar is our top pick

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When placed front and center in your home office, kitchen, or another central room, a wall calendar helps you keep track of important occasions and events.

We spent hours researching wall calendars, evaluating design, ease of installation, and customization options. Our favorite, the Minted Classic Wall Calendar, can be personalized with family photos, birthdays, and more.

Here are the best wall calendars.

Our Top Picks

Minted Classic Year Wall Calendar

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Minted Wall Calendar

Minted

This personalized wall calendar is a fun way to display all of your most cherished family photos. (Because of that, it also makes a great gift for other family members, like grandparents). The calendar, available in two different sizes, has a beautiful, clean, and streamlined aesthetic with multiple layout options and three color schemes.

You can start the calendar on any month, so you aren’t beholden to a January start date. (Key for anyone who prefers to track the dates based on the school year.) The calendar comes pre-populated with standard U.S. holidays, but you can easily add in all of your family’s most important dates, like birthdays, anniversaries, and more.

Erin Condren Colorful Repositionable Weekly Whiteboard and Notepad

Erin Condren Repositionable Weekly Planner

Erin Condren

From one of the most beloved brands of planners comes a companion wall whiteboard to aid in your scheduling and productivity. The 12 x 12-inch whiteboard features a fun and modern design you’ll love, yet still has the functionality you need. There's plenty of room in the grids for a multitude of events and appointments, plus the notepad is refillable, so you don't have to worry about the board's utility ending.

MoMA Design Store Modern Art Wall Calendar

MoMA Modern Art Wall Calendar

Museum of Modern Art Design Store

For the art enthusiast, the Museum's of Modern Art annual wall calendar is a great option that features 12 works of artists in their collection. This calendar takes on the traditional main layout of a central photo above each month. The calendar grid also features the previous and future month in the bottom right corner. Enjoy the art work of Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Romare Bearden while staying organized.

Paper Source Full Year Laminate Wall Calendar

Paper Source Full Year Laminate Wall Calendar

Paper Source

Paper Source's Full Year Laminate Wall Calendar can help you visualize the entire year ahead in one place. While there isn't a ton of room to write detailed notes on each day, a color coding system with dry erase markers would work well for reminders on daily or weekly events. This calendar is poster-sized, measuring 24 x 36 inches, so you'll need to dedicate a large amount of wall space to it. We appreciate that it's double-sided for vertical or horizontal orientation and also enjoy its minimalist design.

Girl Friday Acrylics Acrylic Calendar

Acrylic Wall Calendar

Courtesy of Etsy

For a more permanent solution that’s perfect for a home office or family command center, consider an acrylic wall calendar that you can keep for years and years. The clear acrylic calendar comes in your choice of three sizes (extra small, small, and large) and has high-design details, like polished edges and your choice of silver, gold, or black hardware.

The calendar comes with a wet-erase marker complete with a stainless holder to mount next to the calendar. You’ll love the functionality of it, too—the calendar easily wipes clean, so you can make last-minute changes to your schedule without unsightly and potentially confusing cross-outs.

Rifle Paper Co. Fête des Plantes Calendar

Rifle Paper Co. FÊTE DES PLANTES calendar

Rifle Paper Co.

If you don’t need large blank spaces to keep track of a multitude of holidays and events, you may prefer a more decorative wall calendar that simply helps you keep track of the date. This attractive, oversized option (it measures 17 x 11 inches) by Rifle Paper Co. features warm white pages, each decorated with a floral tradition from some of the company's dream destinations.

Hanging this calendar is a cinch, too. The calendar has a sturdy spiral binding complete with a center notch that makes it easy to put it on full display with a simple hook, nail, or push pin.

Urban Outfitters Spectrum Wall Calendar

Spectrum Calendar

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

When you don’t need a calendar to help you keep track of appointments or to-do lists, a perpetual calendar is a good option for the more simple task of keeping track of the date. The wall calendar is divided into two sections—each of which displays a number from zero to nine. Each day, you simply flip the numbers to reveal the correct date. It’s basic, but it does the job as long as you remember to change the date.

It’s also a more eco-friendly option since you can keep this wall calendar for years and years to come since the date isn’t tied to a specific month. We love how easy this option is to hang, plus the fact that it’s made with vinyl and acrylic, which helps extend its usable life since it’s so easy to wipe down.

Workman Calendars Mom’s Family Wall Calendar

Mom's Family Calendar 2023

Amazon

Made for busy families, each month of this wall calendar helps organize a wide range of activities and commitments for each and every family member. How so? Each month’s page features a planner-like vertical grid with five columns across the top (one for each person in the crew, starting with mom) with the days of the month running down the left-hand side. This layout leaves plenty of space to write in various commitments, so you’ll never lose track of who needs to be where and when.

The calendar also includes a drop-down storage pocket (great for any paperwork, like school permission slips or doctor’s forms), nine fridge magnets, and more than 350 stickers.

Poluma Three-Month Wall Calendar Display

Poluma Store 3-Month Calendar

Amazon

For a broader look at all of your upcoming appointments and commitments, consider a three-month wall calendar. Though you’ll need a bit more vertical hanging space (this one measures 26 inches long), you’ll have the luxury of planning a bit further ahead without having to turn pages. This calendar runs from May 2022 to June 2023, so it's also great for people who use 14-month calendars rather than 12-month versions.

If you’re worried you won’t be able to tote the calendar with you, don’t. If desired, you can condense the larger month calendar by folding it into an A4 size notebook for carrying anywhere or tear off any passing months. What’s more, the large-format daily blocks feature bold, centered dates for clear and quick reference and highlighted federal holidays, but still leaves plenty of room for your own written notes. 

What to Look for When Buying a Wall Calendar

Subject Matter

A wall calendar is a small purchase but it’s something you will be glancing at all year long. Be sure you pick a calendar with a subject matter you like looking at or find appealing in some way. A wall calendar can be devoted to a favorite hobby or city, to scenes of nature or a particular artist. Or you can help set the tone for the new year by choosing a wall calendar with inspirational photos, quotes, or a personal theme that resonates with you. 

Graphics

Wall calendars are a fun accessory that keep you mindful of the passing of time. But they should also have graphics that are easy to read and understand, and a font that is pleasing to your eye. Choose a calendar with numbers that won’t have you squinting and struggling to make out and a layout that is easy to scan. 

Format

Wall calendars come in a variety of formats, from minimalist versions that simply display numbered days and months to those with blank squares for every day of the month that allow you to note upcoming events or keep track of chores. If you keep a calendar on your phone, you  might choose a small decorative wall calendar that’s more about the art and graphics than an organizational device. If you prefer having tactile visible reminders on the wall to keep you and your family on task and remind them of important dates, a larger format calendar with plenty of white space for personalizing. 

FAQ
  • What is the standard size of a wall calendar?

    Wall calendars come in different sizes and formats. But wall calendars are frequently found in 8×11- and 12×12-inch either rectangular or square formats. As always, choose what works best for you and your space. 

  • How do you hang a calendar on the wall?

    Wall calendars made of lightweight paper often come with a hanging mechanism. Depending on the size of your calendar, you might be able to pin it to the wall with a thumbtack, hammer a small nail into the wall, or use a removable adhesive hook. Larger, heavier wall calendars might require a picture hook or a simple nail in the wall. 

  • When do next year’s calendars come out?

    Like Christmas decorations at the mall, next year’s calendar seems to come out earlier every year. Because calendars of all types are a popular Christmas gift option, manufacturers release next year’s models in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season. While release dates may vary, you can generally be sure that calendars will be available in late summer or early fall, and many popular calendars sell out as the year comes to a close (although you can still find less popular current year calendars once the year has already started). 

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of buying guides, particularly in the home space, for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. This article was updated by Emma Phelps, an updates writer for The Spruce, who added new calendar designs and refreshed the roundup with additional wall calendar layouts.

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