How could fabric be used as wallpaper?


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  • Mamabear318 Mamabear318 on Aug 11, 2018

    Starch. Use liquid starch in the wallpaper tray to dip the fabric. Hang like you would wallpaper. Just be sure to protect your floor. It can get messy but is a lot easier to remove

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    • Mamabear318 Mamabear318 on Aug 21, 2018

      Just the starch. I think spray glue would be worse than wallpaper paste to remove. I have visions of that pulling the drywall off with it

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Aug 11, 2018

    Hello, there are a couple of ways you can do this. I always dipped my fabric in liquid starch and then squeezed out the excess. I would then smooth it out on the wall. Another way to do it is to brush or roll it on the wall, put the fabric on it and roll over it with more liquid starch. I think this would take 2 people though.

  • Winnie Winnie on Aug 11, 2018


  • Winnie Winnie on Aug 11, 2018


  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Aug 11, 2018

    Too much hassle by fabric alone, trust me, you will not get professional results, because this is not what professionals do.

    What to do however, is create an illusion that you glued fabric directly to your wall without any clumps.

    You do this by? Lace between Panels enforces an illusion it is one piece of Fabric and without screws or 9D nails atall when it never ever is one-piece in any professional job.


    I. Create a Predrill Strip/Board, that enables you to Space either Anchors or Nails to an Absolute Degree of Constact Aligned Precision.

    II. After using your Predrill Board to drill holes into the wall where the Fabric Panels will place, you need to do the following to create each Panel:

    A. Clamp the Fabric to Sheet Masonite while knowing that the fabric Stretches.

    B. While that fabric is stretched, you need to Press and Spray Starch it.

    C. After the Starch Settles in, you then have a medium to work with, fully smoothed and ready for Glue on the Backside.

    D. Prior gluing the North, South and East Sides, you may prefer to avoid tears in the fabric by either:

    1. prenailing those nails through, by using your Predrill Board to guide those nails to a conformity of location.

    2. Predrilling to adhere the Anchors to the locales of your Predrill Board, to guile the Screw and Anchor to a conformity of location.

    E. Prior gluing the North, South and East Sides, you may place either Carpet Underlay Padding, or Stuffing therein, at discretion, usu. Less than 1/2 inch.

    F. Secure all Sides by Glue to the Back.

    G. Fasten panel to the wall by Securing the Anchors or Nails to the Wall with a small Ball-peen hammer

    H. Goto A. Until Done.

    I. When Finished Insert any Stripings or Lace between.

    Creating Very elaborate Fabric or Leather Panels is really not hard to do, [when you know what you are doing, enough to do it all Precisely (with the drill-plate or drill-board)], but instead: Very Time Consuming and Tedious.

    Because it is very time consuming and tedious, of course getting any contractor or decor expert to factually spend 25 to 40 hours to do this sort of tedious job, [rather than say: make, purchase and/or resell 160 vases or Concrete Slabs or planters at $120 to $20 over cost each] is not happening at a less than Premium Price, usually $3200 per room plus materials.

    Materials should not go Cheap.

    You can go Leather, Suede, Silk or Others which are Easier to Clean and Maintain than say: Purple Linen Tablecloth.

    In Summary:

    Style that does not accomodate eased installation, seldom will recommend by a professional.

    Many DIYers would just use pegboard and Screw Holes into a Fabric, or: Staple Fabric to Drywall.

    This does not result a Charming Professional look.

    When you look at the Styles, both historically [Victorian Era] and Modern Gothic, you realize those Styles all have one trait in common:

    Style must Accomodate an Eased Installation Routine, otherwise these Styles would never install by any Pro.

    Ever seen a Pro come in and say: 'I recommend you Select these so I can really Bust my ass'?

    No, and you never will.

    Fine examples are the Leather Stylings of Modern Gothic.

    Many Leather Styles have a Large Darker Color Piece with a Thin 1 inch to 3 Inch matching but lighter tone piece aside it, in the industry called: Striping.

    Cream Striping with Dark Brown, White Striping with Black, Maroon Striping with Dark Gray, these are common, just to name a few.

    Striping is not solely to be Fashionable, or Modern, Striping accomodates eased installation because:

    A. Rather than use lace with leather, or satin, it is much easier to level and fasten all your stripings first.

    B. Once your stripings are all in place, all your predrilling has a Guide Board Right [or Left] Aside it, so you no longer need to walk around the room with a 48" level shoved in your 'ahem, back pocket'.

    C. Corner pieces are of course, 2 stripings with one cloth

    D. After you make all your holes, and secure these are the same by your predrilling of a drillplate or drill-board, once your Panels are fully prepped, you just pop these anchors into their predrilled places between the Stripings with a bit of an epoxy in the hole, and Voila, the Installation takes about an hour from there.

    So basically: if you integrate striping in the design, it goes Alot easier, be that Fabric, Suede or Leather.

    Of course, I recommend that you do integrate striping, not out of any style preferences my own, but instead: to make it easier on yourself, and conform standards.