Just before the holiday, I redesigned my quilt room to be more functional for my business. My room has very limited wall space and I had been placing a temporary design wall sheet over the white board when I needed it. This wasn’t ideal because the wall behind the sheet was really bumpy and I often ended up erasing what was on my board. It was time for a dedicated design wall that would also be a pretty background for videos.
I am obsessed with the felted tiles that are really popular right now, but they are way out of my price range. I stumbled across a quilt blog where the quilter used acoustic tiles to create a design wall. This seemed like a fantastic idea so I began to research tiles on amazon to see what I could come up with. I found these (link) tiles and fell in love. My husband and I put everything up in less than an hour and I absolutely love my new wall. Not only is it cute and fun, but it also really brightens up the space. (I hate the tan walls in there currently, but just haven’t gotten around to painting them.)
A few things to note:
- These tiles do not have the same “stick” as flannel or true felt tiles. Fabric will stick, but blocks and larger pieces require that I use pins. I’m okay with using pins when designing. I still have my design wall sheet that I can easily place over the tiles if I want a stickier surface for a project.
- The tiles do have a sticky back, but I used a couple of pieces of mounting tape for now. The reviews for the backing said it could peel the drywall off so I decided to wait before making it permanent. Also, the mounting tape worked perfectly for re-sticking as we were setting up the wall and trying to align the tiles.
- I was able to use the deep cut side of my rotary blade to cut several tiles in half. This allowed me to have a straight edge at the top and bottom of my wall.
Want to make your own? Here’s how to create a design wall with acoustic tiles:
Step 1: Gather Materials
- Acoustic tiles of your preferred size and color
- Removable adhesive or mounting strips
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife (if tiles need cutting)
Step 2: Plan Your Wall
Measure the space where you intend to install the design wall. Consider the layout and configuration of tiles to optimize the area for your quilting needs.
Step 3: Install Acoustic Tiles
Use removable adhesive or mounting strips to affix the tiles to the wall. Ensure they are level and securely attached.
Step 4: Begin Designing!
With your newly installed quilt design wall, start arranging fabric pieces, experimenting with layouts, and bringing your quilting visions to life.
My space makes me so happy now! Beautiful and functional - I smile every time I walk into my room.