Decorating your new apartment or home may leave your walls bare if you’re on a limited budget. You can create padded wall panels in order to make large-scale, inexpensive art. They may be spaced similar to paintings, or arranged within a grid to develop focal points. The panel’s inside base is foam, providing a good amount of soundproofing if you determine to cover a whole wall surface. Power tools and special skills aren’t required to succeed with this project.
- Sawtooth hangers
- Staple gun
- Quilt batting
- Utility Knife
- Ruler Pencil
- 1” thick foam insulation board
- Measuring tape
- Figure out the dimensions of the panels. If you have a desire to cover a whole wall using panels which will butt up against one another, you must measure the wall dimensions then divide by the amount of panels required to fill a grid pattern. The panels utilized as art may be any size you desire.
- Trace the panel’s dimensions onto a foam insulation board sheet with a pencil. Put a ruler alongside every traced line and firmly press down to keep it from slipping. Trim along the corner of the ruler using a utility knife. Repeat that cut until you’ve sliced through the whole board’s thickness.
- Iron fabric you’re utilizing to cover panels to remove creases and wrinkles. Lay fabric wrong side up upon the work surface.
- Put quilt batting over fabric. Utilize hands to smooth it. Put the panel upon the batting. Trim around the panel, three inches from each corner.
- Fold batting and fabric on the top corner over the board’s foam. Staple through material at the middle with a staple gun. Fold batting and fabric on the bottom over board’s foam. Staple in the middle. Repeat using a single staple on the rest of the two sides. Starting with a single staple that’s centered on each corner prevents distortion of the material on the panel’s front and shifting.
- Staple rest of fabric’s edges. Fold corners in the same way as you might while wrapping a present then staple to secure.
- Connect sawtooth hangers on each panel’s back at the top two edges.