It should be noted that the fabric began to be used in the design of walls much earlier than the wallpaper that became familiar to us. Simple drapery adorned the palaces of the “powerful”, was considered a model of luxury, beauty, prosperity of the owners. Nowadays, upholstery with fabric is not so popular, but is still used by designers and homeowners who have appreciated its benefits..
What kind of fabric can be used for wall decoration? Almost any. However, it is better not to use linen and cotton fabrics. Synthetic ones have proven themselves much better, as lighter, easier to care for. You can also use fabrics that are traditionally used for upholstery. Suitable for walls are viscose, polyacrylic, polyester, polyamide, jacquard, jute, sisal.
Among the disadvantages that opponents of wall drapery are actively referring to is impracticality, not very long service life, a reference to the retro style, and in its worst, outdated continuation. Opponents of the fabric on the walls consider this option as bad manners, which does not justify the investment..
There is some truth in this opinion, for example, high-quality fabric will cost more than wallpaper, and you will have to vacuum such dust-absorbing walls every week. In addition, in damp rooms and in the kitchen, of course, it is better not to use fabric. However, dust and water repellent impregnations will help to cope with these problems..
However, wall decoration with fabric has advantages:
- This is a very elegant, cozy finish that can decorate any room. Most often, fabrics are used to decorate bedrooms and living rooms, offices, boudoirs.
- The stretched fabric is able to hide the imperfections and unevenness of the wall, no careful preparation and surface finishing is needed.
- The fabric has a higher sound absorption rate than paint or wallpaper. In addition, an additional layer of sound insulation or insulation can be hidden under it..
- Fabric finishing, if you use frames, slats, will retain its original appearance, even if the building shrinks.
- The fabric can be removed, washed and re-draped on the wall, that is, the material is reusable.
- The choice of colors and textures is unusually wide.
- You can upholster the wall yourself with fabric, it’s no more difficult than sticking wallpaper.
There are four ways to decorate walls with fabric:
1. Pasting. Special glue for textile wallpaper or PVA-based furniture glue is used. The fabric in this case must be dense enough so that the glue does not seep through it. It is better to work together in order to gently smooth the fabric along the wall, make sure that no folds form.
2. Stretch the fabric onto a self-made “stretcher”. They are two slats, which are mounted on the wall above and below. It is possible to install the slats directly into the plaster. Fabric is attached to these strips with staples of a construction stapler, small nails or self-tapping screws with decorative caps. You also have to work together, because someone has to hold the canvas in a taut position while it is attached to the slats. The gap between the fabric and the wall will be very small, but it will hide all the irregularities.
3. Pull the fabric under the rail. The method is very similar to the previous one, however, the rail is on top of the canvas, attaches it to the wall. In this case, there can be only one rail, at the top, and the fabric will turn out to be laid in beautiful folds, to really drape the wall so that the canvas simply falls from under the strip, which in this case turns out to be an important decorative element.
4. Carriage coupler. The most time consuming, but very effective version of upholstery of the wall with fabric. A soft base will be required, which can serve, for example, a layer of sound and heat insulation. You will have to immediately outline where the fasteners and carnations will be located, which will cover the decorative insert buttons. It is better to act again together, nailing the fabric in pre-designated places from top to bottom, evenly distributing the canvas over the surface.
Important! You can hide the seams of fabric strips with a nice cord, or just try to make them as less noticeable as possible. Alternatively, order the canvas to the size of the wall so that there are no joints at all. But it is more expensive than buying a standard cut.
Often, fabric is used to decorate one of the sections of the wall, for example, a niche, the area above the head of the bed, to create a panel behind the sofa in the living room.