How to Install Wall Padding

Padded walls add a touch of elegance and will increase the soundproofing in a room.
The upholstered wall is appropriate for many styles and decors. Pad some areas and not others to add interest and texture to bedrooms and entry halls. Pad garage walls tol help soundproof for the musicians in the family. Create improved surround-sound capabilities with padded walls in family and theater rooms.

Step 1

Measure the walls to be padded carefully using a metal tape measure. Draw a sketch of the room, including all windows, doors and fixed-in-place objects like fireplaces or bathroom fixtures. Determine the square footage of the areas to be padded. Add these figures to the sketch.

Step 2

Buy quilt batting to pad under the fabric top covering. Sold in rolls, the batting has different weights and thicknesses. Determine the amount of padding by calculating how much "poof" you want for the walls.

Padding on walls must be at least 1 inch thick. Multiple layers of padding will be required for additional thickness.

Step 3

Select fabric for the wall covering. Use cotton, linen, leather, vinyl, damask or upholstery fabric for this project. Application of non-stretch woven fabric is easier and less likely to sag than a knitted or stretch fabric. Purchase enough fabric to cover all of the intended areas, plus enough for the side-by-side pattern match. Buy fabric that is at least 54 inches wide. It will have fewer seams and look more professional.

Step 4

Remove the base molding.

Step 5

Install the batting horizontally to the wall using spray adhesive directly to the wall and pressing the batting into the adhesive. Attach the top of the batting with staples. Cut pieces of batting around windows, doors and fixed-in-place objects. Add additional layers of padding using more spray adhesive. Smooth all wrinkles and bunches.

Step 6

Use a 4-foot level to determine the horizontal line for the first fabric piece and mark the line with a felt-tip pen. Allow 2 inches additional fabric for the top. Secure the side seam along the horizontal line using half-inch staples at 3-inch intervals all the way down the edge.

Step 7

Side-match the pattern for the second piece of fabric. Hold the second piece of fabric with the finished side face to face with the first piece. Staple the side seam overlapping the first set of staples. Turn the second fabric piece with the finished side facing out. Staple other seam of the fabric.

Repeat the process for the area to be covered.

Step 8

Turn the top edge under and staple.

Step 9

Cut the fabric at the bottom edge 1/2 inch shorter than the floor and staple. Reattach the base molding over the batting and fabric.

Step 10

Hide the fabric seams and staples using upholstery gimp, ribbon, 1/2-inch wooden molding, rope or piping. Use small brads or tacks to secure trim.

Add trim diagonally or in diamond shapes, then use brads or upholstery tacks tapped into the wall at the center of the diamond to create an additional poof.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Quilt batting
  • Fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • 4-foot level
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Half-inch staples
  • Stapler
  • Upholstery gimp
  • Ribbon
  • Molding
  • Rope
  • Piping
  • Brads
  • Tacks
  • Upholstery tacks

Tip

  • Want a less formal look? Use furniture pads, upholstery fabric or rugs as padding to walls by attaching carpet tack strips secured along the ceiling line and hanging the material to them.

Warning

  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions when using spray adhesive.

About the Author

Shirl Snyder began writing technology manuals in 1977. Her work appears on Web sites such as Green Jobs For Me, International Women's Festivals, The Artful Organizer and eHow. Along with certification as an interior designer, Snyder has a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.