I have had several types of design wall over the years, most recently just a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth hanging on the wall. However, a few months ago I read Katie Pedersen’s instructions for her design wall, and decided I wanted THAT one! She used big sheets of foam insulation covered with a flannel sheet, so fabric sticks to the flannel and pins go into the board easily if needed.
A non-messy part of my husband’s shop is in the same space as my studio, so it made getting him to make the design wall for my birthday really easy!
I e-mailed my husband Katie’s design wall tutorial, then e-mailed Katie for further help. (She washed her flannel sheet twice, drying it on hot both times.)
My husband had a few ideas to make the whole thing sturdier, so he added a thin sheet of underlayment material behind the insulating foam board. Then he added a wood frame on the back to stabilize the whole thing. This shows the back side with tape holding the foam to the underlayment, as well as the wood frame. We glued the insulating foam and underlayment together, as well.
Then we wrapped the sheet, taped, and stapled per Katie’s instructions.
Despite all that, every project has its glitches:
We were NOT successful in putting bolts or screws through the whole thing to attach it to the wall. Finally we decided to hang it with a French cleat, which you can see here if you want to know what that is. That meant that nothing from the hanging apparatus had to go through the front, so no holes in the flannel!
And finally, here it is:I’ve used it quite a bit already, and it works beautifully! Thanks for the idea, Katie!