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Covering hard surfaces with fabric instead of wallpaper

How to Give Your Cubicle Walls a Temporary Makeover with Fabric

Covering hard surfaces with fabric instead of wallpaper or paint is a simple and easy way to change the look of the space without the hassle of dealing with wallpaper glue or messy paint. Best of all, you can do this makeover all by yourself without having to hire a contractor or spend a lot of money.

Supplies Needed:

– Fabric (the size of your wall + 2 or more inches; if you have a large area to cover, cut the fabric into several different pieces)

– Sponge

– Sharp utility knife

– Liquid starch

– Tape

– Drop cloth

– Gloves

– Large bowl or plastic bucket


1. First prepare your walls (or any hard surface) by cleaning any dust or residue on them.

2. Tape the drop cloth to the floor.

3. Next, put on your gloves to protect your hands. In your plastic bucket or bowl, soak the fabric in liquid starch.

4. Apply the fabric to the surface. For even coverage, make sure to leave 1 inch or more fabric over the edge. Use your sponge to smooth out the fabric.

5. When the fabric has dried, take a sharp utility knife and carefully cut off the excess cloth.

When you’re ready to change your wall cover, take a wet sponge and dampen the fabric. The cloth should easily peel off. Use mild soap to clean the excess starch on the walls.

*Tip: Avoid doing this near electrical outlets as the starch will increase the flammability of the fabric. This is best against bare open walls or hard cubicle dividers and cabinets.

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