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Hey all! Today I’m revealing the DIY vertical channel tufting reading nook that I built in my son’s closet!
Yes… his closet! Recently he has been reading a lot and likes the privacy and quiet of his closet, so rather than reading on the floor under his clothes I decided to give him a cozy space of his own.
A few years ago I created my Channel Tufted Headboard, and I decided to go with a similar idea, but this time using 2.5″ diameter pool noodles! First we measured and cut all the pool noodles in half using an electric knife.
Next we added the “L” shaped bookshelves using metal brackets and built a bench out of basic pine boards with a piece of 2″ foam for the seat.
How to Upholster Channel Tufting
Then came the fun part… upholstering! I used the Arrow Fastener T50ACN Electric Stapler and Nailer and Arrow T50 5/16″ staples. This was my first project using an electric staple gun and I’m hooked! No more sore fingers and blisters from stapling because all I had to do was press the trigger!
First I wrapped the front of the bench in batting and fabric, then used the Arrow fastener to staple it on.
I used the same method to upholster the bench seat. It’s just a board, a piece of 2″ foam, wrapped in batting and fabric, then it’s stapled using the Arrow staple gun.
I didn’t attach the seat to the bench but it fits in there snugly. Once the bench was set in place I could start on the DIY vertical channel tufting!
I ripped a piece of 1/2″ plywood down into 2″ strips, then stapled each piece with batting and a 6″ strip of fabric.
Then I’d set the half pool noodle on the board, wrap the fabric around it, and staple it on. The pool noodles are the perfect amount of firmness that they don’t compress under the fabric but are still cozy.
To install the vertical tufts I just used a caulk adhesive and stuck them right onto the wall. It was strong enough that I only had to hold them for a few seconds each. You’ll notice I propped them up with books until they were cured so that they didn’t slide down.
Reading Nook Reveal
Once the channel tufting was done I added a bit of leftover wallpaper remnants to the closet, some canvas baskets, and this adorable battery powered lantern. It’s such a cute and cozy space. Now I want an adult sized reading nook that I can use to close out the world!
I absolutely LOVE the way the vertical channel tufts turned out. This is an idea that could be used in SO many more places than just a reading nook! It would make a great headboard, built in banquette, or fun playroom wall treatment. Because it involves using SO many staples I highly recommend using an Arrow Fastener T50ACN staple gun like I did. If you check out other #MadewithArrow projects you’ll have tons of projects you’ll want to use it on!
My son is super happy with his new space, and is even more excited to spend time reading! I hope I’ve inspired you to try tackling a project with Arrow Fastener. It’s a DIY project that anyone could do, even if you’ve hardly used tools before!