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How to Make a Portable Design Wall

I had wanted to get a portable design wall to take to retreats but did not want to pay the price. Looked at various pins on pinterest and took ideas from more than one to come up with my verison.

It worked out great and only cost a fraction of the price.
The PVC pipes, joints and 2 yards of felt cost under $22.00

My design wall is 4' x 4' which stands approximately 5 1/5' tall. For this size need 2 - 10ft length of 3/4" PVC pipe for the frame and 4ft of 1" PVC pipe for the feet
Cut the 3/4" PVC into 4 - 4' section
                                                                                     2 - 1' section
             Cut the 1"  PVC into 4 - 1' section         

The joints you'll need will be
2 - 3/4" elbows
2 - 3/4" T's
2 - 3/4" to 1" T (this will be the base of the Feet)
4 - 1" elbow

Also need pipe cutters (this cost me almost as much as the materials)

Here is the layout for the frame.

 No glue was used so I can take apart and assemble when needed.

This is the feet for the stand. The T is 3/4" at the top to except the frame pipe and the two sides hole are 1". Went with 1" because I wanted more stability. 

Add the elbows 

For the fabric you can use what you have.
I purchase felt from walmart but you could use a flannel sheet or flannel. Do not think batting would work because you'll be stretching the fabric.

Now I sewn mine to fit the frame 
Did this by cutting out a notch in each corner and folded the fabric over to make a tube for the pipe.

I did see on pinterest that some would use large clips to attach the fabric or the backside of a vinyl table.
I couldn't show this because I had only one large clip. 

Once I had the felt surface on the pipes I added the legs and feet.

But you don't always have to use the legs, you can prop it up against the wall.

Of course you need to have a bag to keep the parts in.
I made one by cutting out a rectangle 8" longer than the longest piece and 22" wide.
Sew up one end and up the side.
Then make a casing and add a draw string.

Well now you can have one to take and go.


  1. I love this! Definitely making one. Thanks!

  2. great idea and it looks stronger and not as flimsy as the one I bought quite a few years ago

  3. Thank you so much for the information. I can see making one of these soon. I would love to have my own display wall to take to retreats.

  4. What a great idea! Fast, easy, cheap. You hit all the right notes.

  5. I love this and could use a portable design wall. Lots of good information. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Great idea! I really need a designwall, I might make one of these myself. Thanks for sharing.:)

  7. Thank you for your participation this week at Show and Tell monday !! Bambi

  8. I made one similar to this years ago for a similar purpose. I love your simple storage bag idea and definitely need to do that now!

  9. I am going to add this to the list of projects I want to do. This would be so nice to have at a Retreat or sewing day. Thanks for sharing the directions.

  10. Thanks so much. So doable. We are relocating soon and lots of windows. I need to be able to move or pack away.

  11. Good Post and informative one. Thank you for sharing this good article, it was so good to read and very useful. It is suitable for all types of Pipe Cutting Machine and bevelling. Suitable for Petrochemical, Paper making, Power Generation, Shipbuilding, Offshore, Oil & Gas, General Engineering and Fabrication industries.

  12. THANK YOU for the detailed instructions. I was able to make one like this with a flannel sheet and love it! Best wishes to you with your recovery...hugs!


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