The wife has been updating her sewing and craft studio so she can white label the space and offer it to other entrepreneurs who have need of part-time workspace. When we were on vacation a couple of months ago, our hotel office and cafe made use of wall-mounted butcher paper rolls to display upcoming events and daily menu items. She thought it was a fun concept, especially since she already owns a big roll of white butcher paper. So she tasked me with creating some kind of wall mount system that would allow her and those sharing the space to use the butcher paper the same way they would use an easel pad or a dry-erase board.
I never thought to take progress pics, but it’s a pretty simple build. My explanation will have to do. As luck would have it, I already had some steel hanger brackets from an old project, so I just slapped two 1″ x 10″ x 4′ boards together and placed the brackets a little more than 3′ (the width of the paper roll) apart. Then I used a jigsaw to cut the top shelf so it will accommodate a full paper roll. I used some old, plastic spacers to mount a 1″ x 2″ x 4′ piece of lumber at the bottom to direct the paper against the wall. Then I bought a 1″ x 4′ piece of steel pipe to mount the roll.
I have a deal with the wife. I’ll build anything she wants as long as I don’t have to paint it. I did my part and then she painted everything black. I finished the assembly and hung the mounting system on the wall in her studio. A stud ran directly down the center of where we wanted to hang it, so I put two screws into the stud and used two screws with drywall anchors to hold the ends against the wall.
Here’s how it looks. You can see how simple the construction is from the pictures.
I think this is a pretty cool project. You can use any size roll of paper. It would look good in someone’s office or kitchen or even in a playroom.
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