7 Steps to Making Padded Wall Panels

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.

Items Needed

  • Hammer
  • Sawtooth hangers
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Quilt batting
  • Iron
  • Fabric
  • Utility Knife
  • Ruler Pencil
  • 1” thick foam insulation board
  • Measuring tape


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  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Iron fabric you’re utilizing to cover panels to remove creases and wrinkles. Lay fabric wrong side up upon the work surface.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Staple rest of fabric’s edges. Fold corners in the same way as you might while wrapping a present then staple to secure.


  1. Connect sawtooth hangers on each panel’s back at the top two edges.

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