How to put fabric on walls

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How to put fabric on walls
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To add depth and texture to your tailored room, put fabric on your walls. Heavy upholstery fabric works best, but you can use thinner fabric. Putting fabric on your walls is an easy way to hide imperfections and gives you a decorative and simple alternative to paint or wallpaper.

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Trim
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Gloves

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    Measure the wall where you plan to hang the fabric. Cut a length of fabric to fit from floor to ceiling, or whatever space you plan to put the fabric. Exact measurements make this project easier, so you will not need to trim the excess when you're finished. If you cut your fabric too short, consider piecing the strip together in an unobtrusive part of your room, such as behind the sofa or in a corner.

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    Beginning at the ceiling or the top of the section where you plan to put fabric, staple the fabric directly to the wall with a staple gun. Staple the perimeter of your fabric completely, placing a staple every 50 mm (2 inches). Overlap each successive section of fabric slightly, just enough to cover the wall behind the fabric. Continue stapling the fabric to the wall until the area is covered.

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    Cut strips of rope, ribbon, cord or other trim to fit over the staples. Your trim can blend into the fabric, or it can stand out as added decoration. You will need enough trim to cover the seams between the fabric sections, as well as around the perimeter of the ceiling and the baseboards.

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    Heat your glue gun and apply a small segment of glue to the seam. Work in small segments, so you can attach the trim while the glue is still hot. Press the trim into the hot glue carefully; gloves will protect your fingers from the heat. Apply trim to cover every staple.

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