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Walls That Work

Are you fully utilizing all of the wall space in your workroom? If you have open spaces of wall which are not being used, you are wasting opportunities for storage and work area. Pegboard sheets and/or homosote sheets can easily be installed on a wall and used to store finished treatments without rumpling. They also provide adjustable work areas to dress and finish treatments.

Pegboard wall.

Pegboard is available in any home improvement or lumber store. It comes in 4'x8' sheets. You can utilize the full 4'x8' sheet or cut it to fit your wall. It can be painted to blend with the wall.   A pegboard wall in your workroom serves several uses:

1. Dressing and finishing of treatments.

The brackets on the pegboard can be set at a height which is comfortable for you to work when pinning and dressing treatments on boards or poles. This flexibility is especially nice in a multiple employee workroom, allowing for different heights of employees.


2. Hanging out cut pieces.

Once long pieces are cut for panels or shades, they can be hung on poles or boards suspended from the pegboard wall. This is a simple method to store work in progress without crumpling it. Be sure to monitor the weight on the brackets as you add pieces to a pole or board. The pegboard does hold quite a bit of weight, but you do not want to cause the brackets to rip out with too much weight.

3. Leveling of roman shades.

The pegboard must be hung level. The grid of holes on the pegboard help you to verify your roman shade is square and strung level. Hang the roman shade on the board and step away to view it. The grid of holes on all sides should align with the edges, top and bottom of the shade as in this illustration.

4. Storage of finished items.

Using different lengths of brackets, you can stack many finished items. Smaller items are stacked under larger items. The treatments are allowed to hang naturally. This also allows you to monitor the treatments as they hang for a few days. Often, when first hung, the treatments are stiff and may not drape as perfectly as we envision. After hanging for a day or two, you will find that they look better and more relaxed.


If your workroom is small with no spare walls, consider hanging the pegboard in an adjoining room (utility room or garage) and using it just for storage of finished items. It keeps them off the floor and tables and out of reach of dirt and rumpling.

5. Inexpensive, flexible storage.

A pegboard wall can provide support for instant, inexpensive storage shelves if needed. Use the brackets to support 1x4, 1x6 or 1x8 boards as shelving for workroom supplies.

If mounted near a machine, the board can be used to hang spools of tapes, cords, buckram, etc. which are easily unrolled when fabricating. These storage options can be adjusted as often as necessary to accomodate different projects or workroom needs.

The beauty of a pegboard wall is its versatility. Once mounted in your workroom, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

To install a pegboard wall, screw 1x2 boards flat against the wall as illustrated. The pegboard sheet is then mounted on the front of the frame and screwed into the frame pieces. To ensure the pegboard is level, screw it first in the center of the frame, and do not screw down tight. Tilt the pegboard until it is perfectly level, then insert screws around the entire frame and down the center.

Homosote wall.

Homosote sheets are sold in all home improvement and lumber stores. Homosote is a gray board that is made out of paper. It comes in 4'x8' sheets and is 1/2" thick. It has many uses as inexpensive bulletin boards, bases for model railroads and in construction for deadening sound to name a few. In the workroom, it is an excellent bulletin board for patterning and pinning asymmetrical and arched treatments which require templates. Templates, patterns and fabrics can be pinned directly to the homosote with T-pins or office push pins.

The homosote wall primarily serves one unique purpose. When designing a treatment for an asymmetrical, arched or otherwise odd-shaped window, the template can be pinned to or drawn on the face of the homosote. This makes it very simple to measure, pattern and pin the treatment in the shape it is to hang.

The wall can also be used for storage of some finished items. Valances, swags or panels which are not mounted on a board but need to hang out until they are installed can be pinned directly to the homosote board and allowed to hang naturally.

To install the homosote wall, you can use the full 4'x8’ sheet or cut it to fit your needs. The homosote sheet is screwed directly into the wall. Screw loosely first in the center of the sheet, then tilt it until it is level. Screw all around the perimeter until it is secure.

The board can be painted if you wish. You can also draw grid lines throughout the wall and/or draw ruler guides around the perimeters.


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