How To: Diamond Tuft a Wall

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 11, 2009

created at: 2009/11/11

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Interior designer Kerri Gutekunst and her husband decided to give themselves a padded room in their San Diego home. My guess is that the blue vinyl squares were marked, cut and painstakingly sewn together before taking a little diagonal turn for some mid century jazzy movement.You can top it off with decorative nailheads, covered buttons or anything you can think of. 

Once you get the process down, it's really a very nice quick fix for a cracked or uneven wall. Kerri and her husband upholstered plywood panels and then hung them, but you could upholster right onto the wall. Ready to set up your own padded room?

Here's what you need to get started:

  • Tape rule
  • Pattern paper or muslin
  • Scissors
  • Vinyl or other fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • 1/2-inch plywood sheets, 4x8 feet
  • Brackets (to link panels)
  • Enough batting for a double layer
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Power screwdriver, drill, and driver bits
  • No. 12 washers (plain or decorative)
  • No. 8 oval head, stainless Phillips screws (long enough to drive through upholstered panels and into wall)

Here's a thorough diamond tufting tutorial I did over on Apartment Therapy-Chicago

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Great idea!! Thanks for the tip Hillary.

I've done this using sheets of styrofoam insulation instead of plywood. Much lighter weight and easier to install (can be tacked up lightly with a couple of nails). You can attach the fabric with spray glue and pins. A good way to add color to walls in a rental you can't paint, even without the tufting!

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