How To Cover a Wall with Fabric

Fabric is used in many ways to update one’s home. Not only can you use it to make sofa, chair and pillow covers, you can also you use fabric to cover a wall. Your reason for covering a wall with fabric is not important. What is important is how you can accomplish this task. Easy!  Continue reading this article.

Attaching fabric using liquid starch

Probably the simplest way to cover a wall with fabric is using liquid starch. To do this:

  • Gather the materials you will need. These are: fabric, tape measure, fabric scissors, liquid starch, paint roller and paint tray.
  • Measure the wall. Use your tape measure to get the width and height of the walls.
  • Measure and cut the fabric. According to the measurements you took earlier, use your measuring tape to measure the fabric then cut it with fabric scissors. You may need to cut several panels if the wall is too big or the width of the fabric does not cover the whole wall.
  • Prepare the liquid starch. Pour a good amount of liquid starch into your paint tray.
  • Apply liquid starch to the wall. Dip the paint roller into the paint tray with liquid starch. Evenly coat only the top 1/3 of the wall with this product.
  • Attach part of the fabric to the starched wall. Smooth the top part of the fabric over the wall where you applied the liquid starch. Make sure to use your hands to flatten the fabric.
  • Repeat steps 5-6 two times. Continue with the next 1/3 of the wall. Finish off with the last portion (bottom 1/3) of the wall.
  • Apply a final coat of liquid starch. With your paint roller, finish the project by applying another layer of liquid starch on the fabric from top to bottom. You should use both the paint roller and your hands to smooth out any bulges or wrinkles on the fabric.

Using a corkboard base to attach fabric to a wall

  • Get your materials ready. For this option, you will need fabric, corkboard strips, fabric scissors, tape measure, double adhesive tape and push pins or decorative thumbtacks. The amount of fabric and corkboard strips will be based on the measurements below.
  • Measure the width of the wall. You need to know how wide the wall is because you have to know how much corkboard you will need to use from one end of the wall to the other.
  • Calculate the amount of fabric you will need. To do this, use your measuring tape to get the width and height of the wall to be covered.
  • Cut the fabric according to size. Using fabric scissors cut the fabric. If the wall is big, divide the fabric into rectangular panels. Make sure you come up with the right number of panels cut according to the right measurements.
  • Attach the corkboard strips. Use double adhesive tape to mount the corkboard strips to the top most portion of the wall.
  • Tack the fabric to the corkboard. Using thumbtacks or pushpins, attach the cut fabric to the corkboard. Either allow the fabric to hang or place additional corkboard at the bottom of the wall so you can tack the fabric to the bottom.

It does not take a DIY specialist to cover a wall using fabric. This article offers you two very simple ways to do so. With a few tools and materials, you can cover your wall with your fabric of choice in a few easy steps.


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