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    Foam board design wall

    How can I hang foam board without damaging the wall?
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    I just closed my eyes and nailed it to the wall.

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    I don't attach mine to the wall. It's more useful to me when it's portable.

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    Small nails or I prefer screws in each corner works well. The holes will not be hard to fill when and if you remove it.

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    I don't attach to the wall - just stand it up against the wall and move it around whenever I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I don't attach mine to the wall. It's more useful to me when it's portable.
    Same here. I thought originally I'd hang mine (3 pieces of 4x8) , but then realized I like being able to move them close to the machine, use one at a time, put all 3 up against the double closet doors, etc. They are so lightweight it works.

    I'm wondering if COmmand hooks would hold if you really want to hang the foam up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Same here. I thought originally I'd hang mine (3 pieces of 4x8) , but then realized I like being able to move them close to the machine, use one at a time, put all 3 up against the double closet doors, etc. They are so lightweight it works.

    I'm wondering if COmmand hooks would hold if you really want to hang the foam up.
    I was wondering about Command hooks also.
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    Not the Command Hooks but the Command Strips work really well. I have two 4x8 sheets of foam insulation and about four strips on each and have no problem with them falling or moving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I don't attach mine to the wall. It's more useful to me when it's portable.
    I do the same. I can move them around if they aren't attached and they stand easily against the wall so I just leave them loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOBRIDGE MOM View Post
    Not the Command Hooks but the Command Strips work really well. I have two 4x8 sheets of foam insulation and about four strips on each and have no problem with them falling or moving.
    This sounds like the solution. Thanks for all the answers.
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    I punched holes into mine with a hole punch and used heavy string to hang like a picture on a nail. Yours is bigger than mine, so you might use Command hooks to hang in a few places rather than one. (I have a small sewing room and use a bed when I want to lay out a whole quilt)

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    I did hang my foam boards. I used double sided tape the first time, it took A Lot!
    after a while the still fell down. Then I used the Velcro that has adhesive on it. It worked much better, adhering to the wall, still wanted to come off the foam - I stapled it to the foam board, that made it stay. I haven’t tried to peel the Velcro off the wall- imagining it will probably take the paint like any strong tape, but I don’t think it’s going to cause any real damage.
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    Melody Johson is a professional quilter and has a great blog entry on her design wall installation. I"ve always just propped mine against the wall but finally and wanting it to me more solidly placed. here you go. http://mixitupmel.blogspot.com/2015/12/design-wall-installation.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Same here. I thought originally I'd hang mine (3 pieces of 4x8) , but then realized I like being able to move them close to the machine, use one at a time, put all 3 up against the double closet doors, etc. They are so lightweight it works.

    I'm wondering if COmmand hooks would hold if you really want to hang the foam up.
    I use command hooks and LOVE them. My design wall is pretty big, as are most everyone's. I had them in Florida for several years and just last weekend put up my design wall in my new sewing room in Washington state (we moved last year and just now putting the final touches on my room). The thing I like about the "hooks" as opposed to the "strips" is that sometimes, my wall gets heavy with a large quilt that I might pin to it as I am working on it. Without the hooks, the wall tends to fall or pull forward. The hooks - at all four corners (the top hooks are placed upside down) help hold the wall and give a lot of support.
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    I'm in the process of changing out my present design wall to one using foam board. I had the lumber company cut the foam to the size I need. Had to get 2 - 4x8 sheets of it to fit the area I wanted. Also ordered the flannel cover to go over it to fit the entire size too. Anyway, I also didn't want to damage the chipboard walls I have down here in the basement so will nail thin slats around the circumfrance (spelling is wrong), then found some tube type glue made for foam and will stick the foam board to the slats using this glue. I also picked up some double-sided tape to put the 2 pieces together as my area will end up at 96w x 70h when finished. I'll tack on some trim around the edge to cover the flannel edge and keep it from slipping. I'm thinking I might use some of my 505 spray to spray the flannel onto the foam depending on whether it says it won't melt the foam board. Have lots of the 505 spray on hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leighway View Post
    Melody Johson is a professional quilter and has a great blog entry on her design wall installation. I"ve always just propped mine against the wall but finally and wanting it to me more solidly placed. here you go. http://mixitupmel.blogspot.com/2015/12/design-wall-installation.html


    Thanks this was a big help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in FL View Post
    I use command hooks and LOVE them. My design wall is pretty big, as are most everyone's. I had them in Florida for several years and just last weekend put up my design wall in my new sewing room in Washington state (we moved last year and just now putting the final touches on my room). The thing I like about the "hooks" as opposed to the "strips" is that sometimes, my wall gets heavy with a large quilt that I might pin to it as I am working on it. Without the hooks, the wall tends to fall or pull forward. The hooks - at all four corners (the top hooks are placed upside down) help hold the wall and give a lot of support.
    Yes I think this will be best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leighway View Post
    Melody Johson is a professional quilter and has a great blog entry on her design wall installation. I"ve always just propped mine against the wall but finally and wanting it to me more solidly placed. here you go. http://mixitupmel.blogspot.com/2015/12/design-wall-installation.html


    That was a great article. Thank you for posting the link!

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    Maybe some Velcro strips?

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    My design boards are from 4x8' sheets of foam board. They're very light wt. Covered them with batting. The walls are 8 ft high. So I put some push pins in the ceiling. Tucked the board behind them and moved the bottom of the board into position up next to the wall. They've never fallen over in 8 yrs. Just a few push pin holes in the ceiling.

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    I use Command Strip Velcro to attach my foam insulation/flannel covered design wall. I have moved my wall several times to paint and rearrange and the Velcro comes right off. It does not damage the wall. Couldn’t live without my wall. Good luck!

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    I also use Command Strip Velcro. They are great!

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    Me too. I put a large button under the nail so the foam board wouldn't rip. This is what spackle is for..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting View Post
    How can I hang foam board without damaging the wall?
    I “pinned” mine to the wall using used sewing machine needles. They are long enough to go through the thickness of the foam, strong enough, and no unsightly holes in the walls if you decide to move the design wall.

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    I use 2 foam core sheets against my wall & have 6 command hooks. Two at the left, center & right of the foam core(s). Add more hooks or space them to your liking. I then use heavy string & tie to the 1st command hook, place in front of the board. loop around the middle & then tie at the last hook. I use clear command hooks so when I need to move the foam core- I take the string down & leave the hooks up. Works like a charm.
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