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How to Create Burlap Wainscoting

Dress up a room with a custom, budget-friendly fabric wall treatment.

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Step 1: Determine Amount of Material Needed

Do you want to wainscot all four walls or just accent one bare wall? Rolled burlap is easiest to manipulate when broken down into manageable panels. The panel seams will be covered with trim, so decide the optimum number of panels and split the wall length evenly. For example, if you have a 12' wall and plan a 3' wainscot, split the wall into four equal 3'x3' panels. Now add the lengths of all walls and add 15 percent for waste. Rolled burlap (easily sourced online) is often sold by the yard so don't forget to divide by 3 feet per yard when ordering by length.

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