A Rustic Wall Covering Made from Burlap

When Remodelista editor Janet walked into San Francisco-based designer Antonio Martins’ attic turned atelier at this year’s SF Decorator Showcase, she was immediately taken with the textural wall coverings. Not your usual seagrass, but something more rough hewn. “Burlap,” Martins said, “and practically a dollar a yard.”

We’ve seen burlap used to back bulletin boards, as rustic curtains, table runners, even upholstery (remember the rough luxe rage of a few years back?) and now as a surprisingly appealing, not to mention affordable, textured wall solution.

Above: The guest bedroom ofAntonio Martins’ San Francisco Home.

Above: Framed prints hanging on burlap-covered walls in Martins’ atelier at the SF Decorator Showcase.

Above: Burlap-lined walls in a project by Anne Central.

Above: Lining walls with burlap fabric can be done as a DIY project or with the help of a wallpaper installer. See How to Glue Burlap Cloth to a Wall from the SF Chronicle for a tutorial. If you’re not up for the DIY challenge, consider paper-backed rolls ofHemp Burlap Wall Covering (shown above), available in three colors for $43 per yard from Twenty2.

If you like the look of burlap, visit Remodelista‘s post 5 Quick Fixes: Instant Burlap Decorating Solutions.


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

My cats would have a blast with some burlap on our walls! Thanks

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

Would be more for a cabin, a country house, or a rustic decor. Thanks for sharing.

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mac C.
mac C4 years ago

Really looks nice! In college, I covered my ugly patterned couch in burlap -- it was comfortable and really nice looking, got lots of compliments. I also put it hanging over a double sliding utility door that was also really ugly, it tied into the couch and was great for me on my limited budget. Thanks for that memory.

Carole R.
Carole R4 years ago

Unique idea for the right kind of room.

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld4 years ago


Phillipa W.
Phillipa W4 years ago

love it. thanks.

JL A4 years ago

interesting DIY