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Thread: Need Ideas for a Vanishing Design Wall or just a Design Wall?

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    I need ideas on how to make a vanishing design wall?

    I was thinking of putting it on the back of a door or over the closet doors.

    If you have any ideas or pictures please post here!

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    where do you want it to vanish to?

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    do you have a design wall now?

    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    where do you want it to vanish to?

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    Have you seen these? They have one at my local quilt shop. It's basically a pull down shade. You could probably make it quite easily with a shade from somewhere like Home Depot.

    http://www.vanishingdesignwall.com/

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    yes, was thinking of that, wonder if we could just use a pull down shade, spray adhesive and make our own????

    Quote Originally Posted by sallie789
    Have you seen these? They have one at my local quilt shop. It's basically a pull down shade. You could probably make it quite easily with a shade from somewhere like Home Depot.

    http://www.vanishingdesignwall.com/

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    Yes, it could be done easily. My friend and I really looked at them closely and it wouldn't be hard to do at all. I'm thinking of putting one over my closet doors.

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    guess, I need to buy a roll up blind and try it

    Quote Originally Posted by sallie789
    Yes, it could be done easily. My friend and I really looked at them closely and it wouldn't be hard to do at all. I'm thinking of putting one over my closet doors.

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    Ah, that vanishing design wall sure looks nice. I don't have a design wall at all. I usually lay the pieces on the floor, which has several disadvantages. You have to climb up on a chair to get the full view or take a picture. But even more disturbingly is my young cat who rightfully regards the floor as his playing field.... you can imagine the rest, I'm sure! :)

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    I put a tension rod up in front of my sliding closet doors. I use shower hooks and the Fons & Porter design wall that looks like a shower curtain (Connecting Threads had it on sale when I got it). I have very little space to sew, and can't keep set up all the time...I have to improvise! :)

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    Sounds like the tension rod would be easiest? I think so.

    I do have a blank wall, we put a 1" x 4" lenght of wood close to the ceiling, painted it the same as the wall. Then stapled an older cream color flannel sheet to it. The sheet is easily pinned into. It has been wonderul.

    Done this before the wall: Lay a bed sheet on a large bed, lay out and pin pieces to that. You can roll this up, and it can be spread out aain on the bed when you need to have it.

    Still, I do like the tension rod idea! :thumbup:

    Let us know what you choose to do. INfo helps others.
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    Like the tension rod idea!!

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    I saw the vanishing design wall at the mid Atlantic quilt festival. Very nice with a price though. I also thought about tring to make one myself out of roller shade. Please let us know if you try it and if it works.

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    I put a curtain rod over the closet doors and just changed batting out for a flannel backed table cloth. It pushes behind the door to the room when I want it out of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I put a tension rod up in front of my sliding closet doors. I use shower hooks and the Fons & Porter design wall that looks like a shower curtain (Connecting Threads had it on sale when I got it). I have very little space to sew, and can't keep set up all the time...I have to improvise! :)
    I like this idea too. Loads cheaper and just as portable. Although if the vanishing design wall were less expensive, I'd be tempted by that.

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    Hi, I'm currently looking at the local thrift shops for a pull down screen (that was used to show movies on). I will then attach felt and mount this over my closet door. For me this is not something I use everyday and want it out of the way when not in use.

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    Like the vanishing idea. Don't have a design wall, so this might just be the answer. Thanks!

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    I need one too and have no room. I do have a large window where I hang quilts on the blinds. I'll look at one and get ideas while I'm quilting another.

    Thinking of getting a roller shade and covering it with batting then rolling/unrolling as needed. Not sure if it will work but it would be a good solution if you do not have wall space. You could mount it over the closet doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    yes, was thinking of that, wonder if we could just use a pull down shade, spray adhesive and make our own????

    Quote Originally Posted by sallie789
    Have you seen these? They have one at my local quilt shop. It's basically a pull down shade. You could probably make it quite easily with a shade from somewhere like Home Depot.

    http://www.vanishingdesignwall.com/
    Well some of you probably can. I however took the easy way out, saved up some $$ & just bought the Vanishing Design Wall. Now to get the box shelf painted and the unit hung :roll:

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    I did some pricing...
    Home Depot has a 73.25 inch x 72 inch roller shade for less than $25

    The price for the shelf would depend on if you bought plank board or ply-wood

    Fabric.com has 108 inch wide flannel for about $9.

    I don't know what vanishing design wall charges but I thing I can make one cheeper :D

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    Keep in mind that by the time you add your flannel, the roller blind may not roll up too easily ... or the old fashioned slide screen as it retracts into a tube.

    When I was learning about design walls, I found a youtube video of one for travellers .... piece of fabric with rod pockets at top and bottom. Insert slats of wood. Sling over door, so the top one holds it over the door, and the bottom one just helps hold it down in place.

    Put your stuff on it and then when you want it to disappear, it rolls up with all in place.

    BTW ... instead of flannelette, I use polar fleece. Wider than flannelette plus everything sticks well to it.


    If you have a wall large enough, you can put a piece of flannelette or flannel backed tablecloth on it with painters tape, then take down when not wanting to use. That's how I started when I first tried a design wall ... then mine grew into a permanent one! LOVE IT!!!!!

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    I use a flannel backed table cloth. Currently it gets spread out on my bed - but in the future, I plan to tack it to the wall.

    I do have a couple tubes that my son insisted on taking home with him from Mary Jo's in Gastonia that I could use to roll the vinyl onto if I ever decide it needs to be rolled.

    For now, I can carefully fold or roll my work if I need to put it to one side along the way.

    Cheers, K

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    I have the vanishing design wall. I love it EXCEPT it doesnt roll evenly and every once in awhile I get it stuck down. Hubby has to come in to do something to get it to roll up again.

    To be fair to them, my wall isnt exactly square and I hung it so that the shelf would line up with my ceiling. Otherise it was so obvious that the wall was not square that I could not look at it. Maybe if I had hung it better, it would roll better.

    My major complaint with the company is the shipping. It was outrageous.

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    There was a really good thread not too long ago with LOTS of design wall ideas. Sorry, I don't have the link ... I know you are the Mistress of Search! :)

    One that I've since seen done, was covering sliding closet doors with the gridded flannel. The doors still slide even with fabric on them. While not a disappearing option, it's out of the way.

    Would this work for you, Crafty?

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    I saw somewhere (here probably!)a design wall someone had done- she used 2 over-the-door wreath hangars over a door and hung a rod on the hangars. You attach your design surface (flannel backed tablecloth, flannel, batting- whatever you choose to use) to the rod. I liked it because you could roll up the wall part & take down the hangars when it's not in use. Can't find the link though, sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sallie789
    Have you seen these? They have one at my local quilt shop. It's basically a pull down shade. You could probably make it quite easily with a shade from somewhere like Home Depot.

    http://www.vanishingdesignwall.com/
    I really like that idea.

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