Thursday, September 11, 2008

design wall

I have been wanting a design wall for such a long time. Finally, my husband helped me construct one. I needed one that was movable, light weight, large, but could be folded for storage since the room where I quilt is also a guest room that is used several times a year. So here is what we came up with.
We used 3 pieces of 2 inch thick styrofoam insulation that were 2 feet by 8 feet. We cut about 4 inches from the 8 foot length so that it could fit under the 8 foot ceilings in the room. He hinged the pieces with duct tape so that the pieces fold accordian style when I want to store the wall. Then I covered the styrofoam with flannel. I fastened the flannel so that it can be taken off when the wall is folded and lo and behold I have a design wall that is 6 feet wide by 92 inches high. It can be moved to any place in the room as long as it has a wall to lean on. I won't have to move it often, but at least I know I can. It could be put in the closet or even tucked into a corner if need be. The whole thing cost under $75 - much less than some of the large ones that I have seen advertised and it took us less than 2 hours including the time to drive to Lowes for the insulation board and Walmart for the flannel.

5 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a nice thing your man did for you. We are lucky to have guys that take care of us. My husband hung chandeliers in my sewing room recently and it lilterally took him all day. Its fun to have a good design wall. YOu'll enjoy it.

Jacquelynne said...

Great idea- I usually lay out all of my pieces on the floor, I've been meaning to put up a design wall for a very long time, just can't seem to get around to it. I'm sure it will come in handy for you...

Linda said...

Very nice idea !

belinda said...

hey you.....glad you stopped by! i too would like to have a design wall. i would like to have it where i could take pictures and the light would be good. i'm studying the issue!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hi again, I have you signed up for the block exchange on my blog. But I realized I don't know your name. I know you as quilting nana! Anyway I posted some more info today. I'll count you in unless you tell me otherwise but I need your name and email. thanks!
nanette