DIY Fabric Covered Wall

Amber Oliver
by Amber Oliver
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When I was planning my home office makeover, I knew I wanted an accent wall. I’ve kept a pretty neutral tone throughout our entire house. We have dark wood floors, light blue/gray walls, and bright white trim. I’ve accented with shades of blue and green and love how calm and welcoming our home feels. In my home office/craft room, I wanted something bright, colorful, and fun. I wanted a room that reflected my personality and would make me happy every time I walked in. I originally considered wall paper, and found several beautiful options. Unfortunately, it was WAY out of my price range. I also liked the idea of something that wasn’t permanent. Enter my DIY FABRIC COVERED WALL!
I actually did my first fabric covered wall in college. My freshman year, I covered a wall in my apartment with ZEBRA fabric! (So 2007!) To hang the fabric, I simply stapled it at the top and bottom. This go round, I used Elmer’s Craftbond Spray Adhesive. I did put a few staples (I have hot pink staples that blended perfectly) but I only used those along a few of the seams where someone could accidently brush against the wall. This is a surprisingly simple DIY that makes a dramatic difference!
My friend Lura and I went to 2 different JoAnn’s stores to get enough fabric for my wall. The fabric is 48 inches wide so I needed 3 eight foot sections.
The last strip is only about 8 inches wide (bummer it wasn’t a perfect fit!) but now I have a nice long section of this gorgeous fabric I can use for something else. I can’t find the fabric anywhere online, but they had it in multiple JoAnn’s stores. It’s called Ikat Diva by Home Essentials.
For a full tutorial and more photos from my office makeover, please visit my blog:
Suggested materials:
  • Enough fabric to cover your wall
  • Elmer’s Craftbond Spray Adhesive
  • Sharp Scissors
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  • Sheryl hopper Sheryl hopper on Oct 29, 2017
    How would you get the fabric off when you want to change up the room again. I do love it. Very happy .

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  • Valerie jones Valerie jones on Jul 06, 2018

    I did this in 1978 as a home ec project with just a staple gun. And I used sheets, much cheaper than fabric by the yard. It was a brown flowery pattern. I can’t remember but I’m sure it was all crooked and stuff since I was 14!!!

  • Janet Janet on Sep 16, 2020

    I only used sheets and fabric softener and it stayed up for couple years back in the 70 s and my room always smelled nice!