Sometimes you need a freestanding display wall and I’m here to share exactly how I built one. This is a self standing wall perfect for temporary displays for special events. I built this wall specifically for my friend’s wedding reception space as a place to house the guest place cards.
A tutorial to build a freestanding display wall perfect for any event space. Add ledges or other decor to create a stunning focal point.
Ever have an idea in your head and then start googling it to death only to find out what you’re looking for doesn’t really exist? I needed to build a freestanding wall for my friend’s wedding. And as you can imagine there were numerous images that popped up when I goggled ‘freestanding wall’ however the majority involved clunky bases or angled back supports so I created my own version.
If you’re looking for a simple 8′ x 8′ flat self standing wall then you’ve hit the jackpot! And bonus this wall has display ledges which I used for mini lanterns to serve as both the guest place cards and favors for this wedding.
This freestanding display wall is a very basic build almost anyone can complete. I used it for the guest place cards but it would also make a perfect spot for a photo backdrop. Maybe your event is outdoors and you need a wall to hide something unsightly or you want a wall to create a focus behind the head table. Whatever the situation I guarantee it will be worth the effort.
Freestanding wall ideas:
- create a backdrop
- provide shelving
- create a focal wall
- hide something unsightly
I put together plans to build this freestanding wall display. And if you’re a true visual learner below is a quick video of the assembly process at the event site.
I suggest to build as much as you can ahead of the big day following the step by step plans here. Maybe your wall is painted or has items hanging from it. Whatever the situation I definitely suggest a test run before the actual event to be sure everything fits and connects as planned.
The freestanding wall is supported using 2×6 base supports. I kept the wood natural for this look but you could stain or paint to finish and coordinate with your decor.
- E-Z wall peel and press vinyl planks
- self healing cutting mat
- blade knife
- T square ruler
- pocket hole jig
- mini lanterns
- fairy lights
Once the wall portions were assembled and in place I added E-Z Wall peel and press vinyl planks. They go on super fast and cut easily using a blade knife. Then attach your ledges and fill with mini lanterns.
I used black mini lanterns with fairy lights because real votive candles are a fire hazard. It was quite a vision seeing the guests walking around during the cocktail hour with their lanterns. And then once guests placed the lantern at their table for dinner it added an even more warm glow to the dinner tables! Using the mini lanterns as place cards, favors and decor is a great economical solution as well if you’re looking to keep costs in check.
I wish you all the best with your event and happy building! Thanks for joining me for this freestanding wall project. Please leave any questions in the comments below and be sure to follow me on social media for sneak peeks, tools and project inspiration:
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