Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!

Layout skirting

925 views
14 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January, 2016
  • 18 posts
Layout skirting
Posted by 2jerryl2 on Monday, July 24, 2017 5:13 PM

I am going to be responsible for putting skirting on a large layout. I was wondering what type fabric most of you use & the aprox. cost per yard.    thanks

  • Member since
    December, 2015
  • 1,735 posts
Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, July 24, 2017 5:26 PM

Welcome to the forum.  Nice clear and concise title to your thread.  Some ideas were discussed recently in this thread.

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/264094.aspx

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

By the Chesapeake Bay

  • Member since
    January, 2016
  • 18 posts
Posted by 2jerryl2 on Monday, July 24, 2017 5:36 PM

Thanks for the reply, but most of the replies cover facia covering. I am interested in skirting that would go to the floor.  Aprox 30-35 yards & about 40 inches high.

  • Member since
    September, 2004
  • From: Dearborn Station
  • 16,277 posts
Posted by richhotrain on Monday, July 24, 2017 5:37 PM

It's been a while since I did mine, but if you want fabric, try JoAnn Fabrics.

Here is a 20 yard bolt for $75. I like Hunter Green. Also, check the Internet for discount coupons at JoAnn's.

http://www.joann.com/poly-cotton-blend-boadcloth-solids-20yd-bolts/prd15034.html#q=hunter%20green&prefn1=prod_type&prefv1=Product&start=1

Rich

Alton Junction

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: Omaha, NE
  • 8,880 posts
Posted by dehusman on Monday, July 24, 2017 5:40 PM

Landscape fabric.  Cheap.  Easy to find.  Prevents weeds from growing  in the benchwork. Big Smile

Dave H. Painted side goes up.

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Central Vermont
  • 3,911 posts
Posted by cowman on Monday, July 24, 2017 7:12 PM

I have seen weed blocking fabric, available at your local garden center or many hardware stores, this is what I plan to use.

You can hang  it horizontally, but the height is limited by the widths available or less.  If you hang it vertically, unlimited height and access seams every 3' or width of the fabric.

Good luck,

Richard

 

  • Member since
    December, 2015
  • 1,735 posts
Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, July 24, 2017 7:50 PM

Isn't weed blocking fabric shiny like a cheap 1950's suit?

There are online fabric shops.  If 40" puts it in the way of people's feet you may want to buy 36", which also eliminates the need to cut it down.  However I think I rememeber that fabric stores can cut down a bolt to the size you want.  At any rate, you still don't want people to be able to step on it and pull it off the layout.

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

By the Chesapeake Bay

  • Member since
    February, 2002
  • 136 posts
Posted by karle on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 8:32 PM

Something to consider: if in a basement reconsider using fabric. The skirt restricts air flow and if the basement is humid the fabric can get moldy, in particular the back side.

~The voice of experience (yes there was a dehumidifier)

 

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Huntsville, AR
  • 809 posts
Posted by oldline1 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:33 AM

I'm fairly open mided but I don't think I'd choose landscaping/weed blocking fabric for around my layout. The stuff I've seen and used around the farm just lacks the "class" I want on my layout. 

Regular fabric isn't all that expensive and is readily available in tons of colors and materials. Fabric is often on sale and Hobby Lobby generally has a 40% off coupon you could use for the fabric. Ask your wife, mother, sister, daughter for some help with it. It comes in 36" and 48" widths which is fine or make multiple curtains if you need something taller. It is always best to buy all you need at one time as batches can vary in shade and can be pretty noticable.

I would recommend NOT having it touch the floor. People will be contacting it with their shoes and it will eventually get soiled and possibly worn from shoes. I have never had the mold issues mentioned but I can see it being possible and an awful thing to deal with. I lived in Scum City (Houston) for 35 very long years with a garage layout. My layout curtains were about 6 or 8" from the floor and I never had any mold even in that craphole place. Perhaps I was just lucky?

I had my wife make my curtains and she installed snaps to mount them. I originally tried velcro but it kept pulling away from the hardboard fascia panels. I would recommend making whatever you use removable for maintenance on the layout or for cleaning the curtains.

They really do make a lot of difference in the "feel" of the layout room. I hate seeing all those piles of rolling stock boxes, supplies and junk under the layout.

My 2¢,

Roger Huber

Deer Creek Locomotive Works

  • Member since
    July, 2006
  • From: Sebring FL
  • 635 posts
Posted by floridaflyer on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:20 AM

I used heavy duty velcro to put up my original skirting whick was fairly heavy cloth nine years ago(I too like hunter green) and it has held up well. Expanded my layout a bit and used regular velcro to put up the same weight cloth,and it pulled away in a month ot two. Lesson learned. Snaps sound like a positive way to attach the skirting

  • Member since
    December, 2012
  • From: Mesa, AZ
  • 1,147 posts
Posted by RideOnRoad on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:35 AM

I outsourced my skirting and bought it from a company that makes custom skirting for banquet tables, etc. Wasn't the cheapest option but I was very pleased with the outcome. I would post pictures, but I have not yet made the move to a new picture-hosting site.

Richard

  • Member since
    May, 2010
  • 1,663 posts
Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:34 PM

Some good ideas and methods on using fabric for skirting.  My layout is just under 60 sq.ft., so I got off easy by using side panels from a yard gazebo.  I attached them using decorative brass screws and shoulder washers, and kept it about 2" off the floor.

Mike.

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • 9,094 posts
Posted by mlehman on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 1:11 PM

A couple of notes on landscape fabrice, which is what I use...

It doesn't have to be shiny. In many cases, there is a shiny side, but the other side is matte to flat in reflectance. It also comes in a variety of weights. Don't get the cheap stuff, as the good stuff is still cheap even if a few bucks more for the roll.

Landscape fabric allows for a free flow of air. It's permeable to water, to start with, but often also has tiny pores in it that further promote ventilation.

While it is cheap, how landscape fabric is used, as with most fabrics, is what tends to determine what the "cheese factor" in appearance ends up being.

Mike Lehman

Urbana, IL

  • Member since
    June, 2007
  • From: Northern Virginia
  • 4,716 posts
Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 1:52 PM

So how do you the cheap land scaping fabric vs. the better, also cheap land scaping fabric?

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • 9,094 posts
Posted by mlehman on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:56 PM

 

riogrande5761

So how do you the cheap land scaping fabric vs. the better, also cheap land scaping fabric?

 

 

Price is pretty much it. Also terms like "professional" etc are also guides. But the  best thing to do is to get it between your fingers. Cheap will feel thin, unsubstantial. The better stuff is thicker, feels more like flannel. Of course, check for whether the texture is right for you, whether shiny or flat. Most of the stuff looks different when you turn it over and look at the other side, so consider that.

Menards is common in the upper Midwest, but its selection may not represent what you'd find on the coasts and elsewhere. They have it in grades like Economy, Standard, Premium, Ultra, and Professional. Price varies from $5.98 to 19.98 for a 3' x 50' roll, cheaper for longer lengths. They also list a couple of choices in 4' widths if you need that. So even the fancy is, urr, relatvely cheap.

Mike Lehman

Urbana, IL

Subscriber & Member Login

Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!
Popular on ModelRailroader.com
Model Railroader Newsletter See all
Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and get model railroad news in your inbox!
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Search the Community

Users Online

ADVERTISEMENT
Find us on Facebook