How to Make Fabric Wall Panels

Updated February 21, 2017

Fabric wall panels are a great way to add colour, style and texture to any wall without the use of paint. They can be a temporary or permanent solution to any drab wall space. Fabric wall panels can be created in many different sizes and styles. Applying a panel to the top or bottom portion of a wall is a great way to add dimension to a wall. Certain wall panels can even help absorb sound and balance out the acoustics in a room.

Measure your wall with the measuring tape to determine what size your wall panels should be.

Cut a piece of plywood to the desired size for your wall panel using the saw.

Cut your desired fabric to fit the size of the plywood. Leave an excess of about 4 to 5 inches of fabric on all four sides.

Spread the fabric out on the floor or a large table.

Cut three sheets of batting to fit the size of the plywood. Leave about 1 inch of excess batting on all four sides.

Evenly place all three sheets of batting on top of the fabric. Fabric will be about 3 to 4 inches longer than the batting on each side.

Place the sheet of plywood on top of the fabric and batting.

Pull the batting and fabric tightly over the plywood. Apply staples to the back of the plywood, all along the edges. Staples should be placed about 2 inches apart.

Cut the excess batting and fabric off the back of your panels. Fabric panels can now be placed on the wall.


If you're uncomfortable using a saw to cut the plywood, pre-cut plywood may be purchased instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood
  • Saw
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Batting
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
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Sarai Jeremiah is a freelance writer and graphic designer living on the East Coast, where she is currently pursuing an education in both fields. She has been writing articles and content on a variety of topics since 2006 and has contributed articles to Web sites such as Spark People.