KLC: how to put a sampleboard together

Few weeks ago I wrote about where and how to source samples for your sample board. Today I want to share with you my tips on how to assemble one together.

Step 1. From floor up
Start assembling your board from the floor up. So the floor materials are on the bottom part of the board and ceiling products are on the top. Along one side put your wall treatment e.g. wall paint or wallpaper. Everything in the middle of the boards is for your furniture, soft furnishings, fabrics and accessories.

Tip: If I’m using paint, I get a sample pot from the supplier and paint a white cardboard paper with it. Then I can cut it to any size I need. The leftover, if it’s big enough, I keep in my sample paint library for my clients.

Step 2. Mark your samples and shuffle them around if necessary.


Step 3. Attach your samples
Once you are happy with the position of your samples you are ready to attach them. For lighter materials, PVA glue or strong spray glue should be enough to hold it. For stone, wood, fabric and other heavier materials I prefer to use velco strips that have a sticky tape on. On fabric samples (like cushions), I tried to use double sticky tape but it didn’t work. Don’t be affraid of layering your samples, if your board to smaller size. For example on a kitchen sampleboard you can start with the cabinet material and add worktop material on the top part and a knob in the middle (see image above). Samples don’t have to always sit next to each other.

Step 4. Label each sample

This is the final stage. Choose where you want each label to be placed e.g. above, below or next to each sample. And stick with it. On my first sampleboard for a KLC project, I wasn’t consistent with placing my labels and it was a mistake. While you are shuffling your samples around allow some space for your labels too.

Step 5. Label your board
The KLC course has many examples of this.

Last tip: If you need to cut your board, do it neatly and with a sharp scalpel. The tutors don’t like it when you use blunt knife or blade!

Hope this helps! Are you working on a sampleboard?

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