Setting Your Pinterest Board Covers – How & Why

Did you know  that you can select the image for the dominant space on your pinterest boards?  You might be asking why would you want to do that when it already shows your most recent image?

Well, as you can see in the screengrab below, that doesn’t necessarily show off your board or your pin to its best advantage.

Pinterest Boards

The ‘Boy’s Bedroom’ board shows a guitar cushion as its main image but as it only displays part of the picture, it really isn’t possible to see what it is. It would be more appropriate to display a picture that makes it clear it is a product for a boy’s bedroom or show an image of a boy’s bedroom. I’ve chosen to select an image of dinosaur wall stickers (see below) as this is a product I stock and it clearly shows it is a bedroom for a young boy.

As you can see from all the boards above, none of them are shown off to their best advantage and not only does this affect the repinning statistics by potential new followers but it can also affect their decision regarding whether to follow you or your individual boards.  All the ‘bookcases’ board needed was a re-alignment of the photograph.

Pinterest Board Covers After

How to set a photograph for your board cover:

  • Select the ‘boards’ option in the drop down mention under your name (top right hand corner).
  • Hover the mouse over the board and ‘edit board cover’ pops up.
  • Click on it and a box will open showing the current photo that is in the board cover (usually your most recent pin unless you have pre-set your board covers)
  • Selecting a Cover for your Pinterest Board
  • You can then scroll across until you find the image you like, you can adjust it and then click ‘Set cover’
  • As you can see from the screengrab above, the photographs have been adjusted so that the ‘best’ part of the pin is on display.

Just as we recommend you to move your boards around occasionally, we also recommend that you set your board covers and change them periodically.

I am speaking on the topic of ‘Pinterest for Bloggers’ at the KLCK Bloggers Meeting this coming Monday in Kilkenny. More details here if you would like to come along. If you can’t make it in person, do follow the hashtag #klck on twitter from 7:30pm

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About Lorna

I'm a copywriter and social media consultant at www.writeontrack.ie, I teach social media online at www.weteachsocial.com and my personal blog Irish Farmerette recounts stories about life on a dairy farm in rural Ireland.

4 responses to “Setting Your Pinterest Board Covers – How & Why”

  1. Teri says :

    We set up boards and pins, and had a lot of fun changing the covers around – but as we have gotten busier, we were wondering, is there a way to set it back so that the last pin is the board cover? Every article we can find tells us how to set one, but not how to put it back to the default… thanks!

    • Lorna says :

      Hi Teri,

      I had a look around and I couldn’t work out how to do it either – it seems that once you set a board cover, you can only change it to another image rather than letting it go back to default.

  2. Victoria Ava says :

    My problem seems to be that when I see someone’s board cover that’s been “set”, I cannot actually see that pin or click on it to take me to whatever site it’s from. I figure I’m missing “seeing” something, but can’t figure it out. Does this happen to you? Now I’m sad that I set board covers if only cuz I figure it’s happening to others. Am I doing something wrong that I can’t go to the actual pin that is set as someone else’s board cover?

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