I have never had a design wall before. I have always laid my blocks out on the floor to tweak the arrangement. A design floor is a disadvantage if you have a cat. As soon as I have my blocks arranged on the floor, Joey thinks it is time to play and he runs and slides through the middle of the blocks.
This week, I asked my husband if he would help me put up a design wall in my sewing room. The wall directly across from where my sewing machine sits was blank. I can't put a piece of furniture against that wall as there is an outside door to the left of that wall and a closet door to the right. When both doors are open, the space between the doors is only about 10" wide. Since it is hard to find a piece of furniture that is only 10" wide, that wall remained empty. The wall was really a waste of space and seemed to be crying out for a purpose.
We purchased three sheets of Styrofoam insulation and covered them with an extra wide piece of flannel. We had to work around an outlet on that wall. When the Styrofoam was turned, it fit perfectly in the space. No trimming of the Styrofoam was required and the electrical outlet was not covered.
My husband wanted to see "how the wall worked" so I added my Bridge Creek Blossom blocks to the wall. It works perfectly (as I knew it would).
My husband kept referring to this as my "feature wall". I guess it really is a feature wall since it features prominently in my sewing space. My son was home tonight and said he likes my "inspiration wall". Certainly, being able to look at my work in progress as I sew, should serve as inspiration. So I guess it is a design wall, feature wall, and inspiration wall all in one!