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How wide should Fabric Panel Support Frames be?

My fabric panels will be about 80" high and 4 ft wide.

How wide should the wood frame itself be (not the total fabric panel dimensions, just the wood itself that goes around the fabric panel)?

2"???? 1 3/4"???

How wide are yours?

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2 is fine it really depends on how stiff your material is and whether your long sides bow in without mid-span supports. An 80 inch panel needs mid span spreaders.

MDF bends more than plywood.

On the pictured frames be aware that any flaws like those gaps at the joints will show through the fabric, fill and sand,
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2 is fine it really depends on how stiff your material is and whether your long sides bow in without mid-span supports. An 80 inch panel needs mid span spreaders.

MDF bends more than plywood.

On the pictured frames be aware that any flaws like those gaps at the joints will show through the fabric, fill and sand,
Thanks Big!

My panels will be 1/2 " plywood behind and 1/2 MDF for the face/front.
I will put the spacer in there.


How should I attach the MDF to the plywood backing? Liquid nails enough?
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Here's a good thread discussion on panels that should help

Found easy way to make fabric frames

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How should I attach the MDF to the plywood backing? Liquid nails enough?
I use wood glue and narrow crown 7/8 inch long staples. somewhere I have a video.
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found it, good incentive to stay on my diet

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1x2 is what we recommend. Though where we are installing we just use track. You can do a 120" wide, any length span with track!

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https://youtu.be/uQNoxKL3xoI
What stapler are you using in the video?
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it is a Rigid narrow crown stapler

Probably this one:

http://www.cpoprotools.com/factory-r...FYRCaQodEQ4CgA

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I rip 1.5" wide strips from 2x4s and then create a 45 degree angle using a table saw.

I believe the widest frame I built was about 7.5' and about 5' high. I paint them black to keep the framing from showing through the DMD Fabric.

On a frame that size, it does bow a little bit in the middle but I just stretched it out by hand and then used a nail gun to attach to the wall and keep it in the stretched state. Turned out really well.

I attached the frame panels to each other using 3" deck screws and wood glue.









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I used 1x2 pine. With long spans you definitely want cross bracing or you will end up with an hour glass shaped panel. Also, you don't need t make the fabric super super tight as this will cause bowing as well. Definitely paint you wood with a flat paint. I didn't paint mine and they showed right through the GOM fabric. I had to remake the first panel.

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I never build panels when you can build the fabric panel on wall. Just secue furring to the wall, staple where it won't be seen. At the ceiling, wrap fabric around the furring before it gets attached, next to a column you slide in later or where it will be hidden by chair rail or base board.

I only made frames for the door and screen wall on this project. You can also use fabric track.

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I backed all of my panels will 3mm mdf or ply (depending on what I had spare). Made the construction process very quick and they've very easy to hang as you can attach whatever anchor (I used velcro) to wherever you like....cost a tad more, but no stuffing around with jigs etc and makes maintenance easy should one be damaged

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