How to Create Fabric Wall Panels

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Creating fabric wall panels is a quick and easy way to add colour and design to an empty wall. Little or no design expertise is required to create perfect panels. Panels can be easily removed, recovered and replaced for a change in colour or decor, but without the painful muscle ache of repainting the entire wall. Fabric panels are versatile and can be used to replace outdated headboards, for architectural emphasis, or to soundproof a room.

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Things you need

  • ½-inch sheet of medium density fiberboard (MDF) cut to desired size by hardware store
  • 2 ½ yards fabric of your choice
  • Cotton batting
  • Spray glue
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors

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    Cut the fabric to be about 4 inches larger than fiberboard on all sides. Take into consideration any patterns or designs on the fabric. For example, a pattern with diagonal lines may require that the fabric is turned at an angle when it is cut. Cut the batting to be the exact size of the fiberboard.

  2. 2

    Spray one side of the fiberboard with spray glue and attach the batting. Apply a small amount of pressure to the batting to ensure it adheres to the fiberboard. For additional depth and cushion, another layer of batting can be applied. Read instructions on spray glue to allow proper drying time before moving to the next step.

  3. 3

    Lay fabric out with the wrong side facing up. Place the batting side of the fiberboard on the fabric. Smooth out all gathered fabric and wrinkles by pulling the fabric tightly toward the edges of the fibre board.

  4. 4

    Wrap the fabric around the edges of the fiberboard, pulling tightly to ensure a snug fit. Apply spray glue to the fiberboard and glue the excess fabric to the fiberboard in the same manner the batting was applied. The corners can be folded under and glued down for clean lines.

  5. 5

    Staple the fabric to the fiberboard using the staple gun for added support.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorative moulding can be glued to the edges of the completed panel to add dimension.
  • For headboards apply fabric buttons to the front of the panel for added detail.
  • For sound proofing in home theatres apply 2 to 3 times the batting to absorb the sound.
  • Spray Adhesives should be used in an open area that is well ventilated.

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