I've been progressing, mostly doing fabric. Here's a shot of the back wall:
Here's a full column:
Inside one of the columns:
I wrapped 3/8" plywood with fabric, then those panels are held in with panel retainer clips. That way if something gets ruined I can replace the panel pretty easily.
I would probably have carpet already, but I made the mistake of trying to deal with Lowes. After waiting a week for a measurement, a couple more days for Lowes to call me, then me having to call them to follow up and actually get a quote, I found that they were trying to bill me for 624sf to carpet a 345sf room.
Yes, I am aware of the carpet width vs room width so I know there is waste (about 25% on a patterned carpet), but this amounts to 80% waste. That's right, unroll that carpet I paid for and throw about half of it in the dumpster.
I reverse engineered the quote and found that they simply ordered enough carpet so they didn't have to seam it. By having one seam it could easily be reduced to 408sf. Then they bill me for padding a 624sf room.
Note that I was home when the measuring was done and not a word said. I can understand if he asked if I wanted no seams, definitely a better job if it were a high traffic area, but I don't think the installer is at liberty to make those decisions. IMHO they were just trying to save the labor and who cares if the customer has to pay a few hundred more.
I am going to try and get my $35 fee back since I didn't receive a competent measuring.
Done with Lowes.. Will go to the local carpet guy, like I should have in the first place.