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Read about some ideas and tips of using fabric as cool wallpaper ideas for dorm rooms and rented apartments and how to make easy and cheap wall murals to decorate your walls.

Fabric Wallpaper Ideas

A simple and easy way to get rid of barren old walls in your dorm room is to cover them up. However, wallpaper can be quite expensive, so we will use fabric from discount stores and clearance sales instead. Putting fabric on walls is much like wallpapering them though fabric is easier to remove and remains reusable. The fabric can be chosen according to your budget and taste. You may decide to cover the entire wall area, a border trim, half a wall, decorative frame for your notice board or even make your own wall mural using colorful pieces of fabric. While leaving the room at the end of the year, you can always remove the fabric, wash it well and reuse it for other purposes. Here are the methods to put and remove fabric on walls of your dormitory:

Things You Will Need:

  • A pair of good Scissors,
  • Clean sponge or paint roller,
  • Fabric (a couple of inches more than the area you want to cover),
  • Spray Starch Stiffener.
Instructions To Apply:
  • Wash the wall to remove any dirt or film.
  • Measure the wall from floor to ceiling or the area you want to and buy fabric a couple of inches more than your measurement.
  • Lightweight fabrics such as polished cottons, ginghams and chintzes are the easiest one to apply.
  • Cut the fabric carefully, making sure to match the pattern and design while cutting the next panel.
  • Mask edges of floor to avoid any over spray in these areas.
  • Spray starch stiffener on the top half of the wall.
  • Smooth fabric into place with the help of the paint roller or sponge.
  • Keep it in place temporarily using push pins until you are finished and leave about one inch that can be trimmed later.
  • Keep spraying starch on the wall as needed until you finish to the floor level and leave fabric overlapping at floor by at least one inch.Remove any wrinkles on the fabric by applying more sta
  • rch to the top of the fabric and smoothing it out.
  • Repeat with next panel, coordinating it well with the first panel.
  • Leave one inch of overlapping at all edges such as windows, door, ceilings and floor.
  • When fabric dries completely, cut out all the overlaps. This allows for shrinkage in the fabric before trimming.
  • Fabric overlap should be cut when the fabric is completely dry. It will then cut clean and easily and any shrinkage will have occurred before you trim.
Instructions To Remove:
  • Dampen the fabric using a wet sponge.
  • Peel one corner loose and then keep peeling off the fabric gently, panel by panel, while dampening it as needed.
  • Fabric should come out easily.
  • Now, wash it thoroughly and hang it out to dry for reusing it in another craft projects.