Cardboard, plywood, counter top, or paneling
Fabric of choice
Screws (for wood panel) or double-sided tape (for cardboard panel)
It’s marvelous how you can hang something on a wall and instantly transform the whole room. You might not believe that right now, but if you have a dull hallway, a boring bedroom, or a drab kitchen, you’ll change your mind. Upholstered wall panels are really easy to make, can fit into most any budget, and they absolutely make the whole room look different – and fabulous. You don’t have to be any kind of upholsterer to create the stunning look; just gather a few materials and you’ll craft home accents that look as though an interior decorator made them.
Wall panels are great for nearly any room because you can use one, or many; you can hang them horizontally or vertically, and the panels can be long or short. The material that you use can vary, too, so you have many choices for the lovely panels.
Thin plywood is the perfect choice for making the wall panels. However, you could also use a leftover piece of counter top, old paneling (turn it backwards on the wall), or even thick cardboard. The fabric, itself, can be anything from velvet to a bed sheet.
If you’re using cardboard there is no need to hang it before you upholster it. So, measure an area of the wall to decide how long and how wide you want the panel to be. Decide if you want one panel, two, or more. Draw a perimeter on the wall – for each panel – so that the placement of the cardboard piece will be perfect. If you’re hanging more than one panel check the spacing to make sure that it’s accurate, too.
It’s optional to paint around the outside perimeter of the cardboard. Cut a piece of the chosen fabric to be a perfect fit for the cardboard. Glue the piece on and the wall panel is finished. Hang it by making a perimeter of double-sided tape to stick up the panel.
If you’re using paneling, a counter top piece, or plywood, cut the size(s) of board that you need, cut the fabric to cover it, and screw each panel to the wall. After that, apply the glue and upholster the panel.
Upholstered wall panels make a boring wall in any room come to life. There’s no need to hang pictures, and otherwise put up home accents; the upholstered panels stand alone to produce a classy look that can be changed any time. Hang bright panels to cheer up a dark room or dark panels to tone down a too-bright area. No matter the arrangement, you’re going to be impressed with your talent!