Portable design wall

portable design wall black sideThanks to lots of innovative people on the QuiltArt list and elsewhere, I’ve constructed a new portable design wall for the studio. With all the wonderful under-eave storage we had installed during the building process, there was little wall space left for a fixed design wall. So after viewing several examples and reading several summaries online, we purchased a rolling clothes rack (Bed, Bath and Beyond), two 4’x8′ boards of insulation (Home Depot) and some 72″ wide felt (JoAnn’s). I decided to make one side white and the other side black, mostly because I could see advantages to both colors and couldn’t settle on just one.

portable design wall white sideWe cut the boards to 7′ and notched the bottom edges to fit over the bottom of the rolling rack. Next we covered each board with felt. We used spray adhesive to glue the two sides together around the rack – the pieces of leftover insulation board were cut to size and positioned between the two large panels, sprayed with glue, and pressed together. We laid it down and weighted it overnight… and voila!

I’ve already used the wall to photograph a new quilt. Between the lights in the studio and the light streaming in from the windows the texture shows up very well. And I can move it around to get the desired effect. And it’s ready just in time to start a new project.


12 Responses to “Portable design wall”

  1. 1 loraquilt March 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Great job on the design wall! I had an especially frustrating photography session yesterday and am determined to have a better set up next time. I think a design wall like yours will be the answer.
    All best,

  2. 2 Colleen March 31, 2008 at 6:19 am

    You will so appreciate your new design wall. Nice job, Lynn. It has made a huge impact on my design techniques. Another picture of the red, green and black beauty in the future?? Happy Sewing, Colleen

  3. 3 terryaskeartquilts December 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Lynn, this looks like a fabulous solution when no walls are available to hang a design wall on! I’m going to try to make one of my own. Just wondering how it has stood up – are you still using it?

  4. 4 Lynne January 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Terry,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog about my design wall. It still works great. I have even laid it down flat to block things. The only thing that I would do differently would be to use something more permanent to affix the felt to the insulation board. After a while the duct tape starts to let go but so far I haven’t had to replace anything.
    Have fun making yours. I’d love to see a photo when you’re done and to know how it worked out for you.

  5. 5 Diana January 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    How thick was the insulation board & how much did you pay for the rolling garment rack at BB&B.

  6. 6 Marianne January 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I have been wanting to do something like this for a while, but wasn’t sure how to go about it…..thanks for showing us how!!!

  7. 7 Karen May 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I hope BB&B still has that rolling clothes rack.

  8. 8 Mickey September 26, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Did you buy the $200 rolling clothes rack – or did you find something more reasonable??

  9. 9 George September 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Hi there:) is there any chance you can make a quick video on how you put this together? I have to make this for a thesis project and im confused 😦 you would be so helpful :):):)

  10. 10 Lisa E Toth October 3, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I would use a spray adhesive to attach the felt to the wall. Wonderful idea!

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