|jerrianne: My husband and I put up this design wall
in my quilting room. I'm very pleased with it.
Foil side of insulation
into stud with flat head wood screw and screw- head pad
Edge of insulation
Paper side of insulation
|jim: I chose
4'x8' yellow filled polyurethane foam insulation board (see pictures of
scrap above). The other alternative was a blue or pink rubbery sheet
insulation. My reasons for the choice may not be valid but here they are: The
polyurethane filled boards seemed smoother. I also thought the
colored insulation might show through the flannel, and colored backgrounds
change the way you see colored objects lying on them.
I chose to use the foil side of the insulation because it was more uniform, and I was afraid the printing on the paper side would show through the flannel.
Next, I located studs on the wall (Note: The foam is so light studs probably aren't necessary), transferred the measurements to the insulation board; then used an awl to punch screw holes through the board. Tip: It makes things easier if the holes are larger than the screws.
jerrianne: I couldn't find flannel wide enough at local fabric stores so I bought a queen sized flannel sheet set. The top sheet was more than large enough for the full sized board and the fitted sheet worked for the smaller board. I drew the grid lines on the foil with a black Marks-A-Lot before applying the flannel. I ironed the flannel smooth directly on the insulation (CAUTION: Don't touch the iron to foil directly -- it will ruin it.)
Next I pinned the flannel to the foam edges, smoothing it as I worked from the middle toward the corners. Finally I wrapped the flannel to the back and taped it with packing tape.
jim: After the flannel was applied I located the screw holes and cut small Xs in the flannel at the holes to help minimize the cloth twisting around the screws as they're screwed in.