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How can I dress up a tube steel stand

I am about to place an order for a tube steel stand for a five foot wide aquarium.
I do not want to wrap the the stand in in wood. and use typical wood cabinet doors.
I want to be able to have full access below the aquarium. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions that would look good and allow full access. The only thing I have thought of is some type of lightweight panel that could be drill to hang onto some type of anchor. I not sure how to pull this off & I am looking for ideas. Maybe you have been down this road or have seen something that would fit my requirements. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Favor hard sides or does something more flowing and soft like fabric fit your idea better? Lots of small personal choice involved so I can't say what might fit best. But some ideas that I have used might lead to an idea?
Like the "loft look"? Maybe go with a steam punk look like corrugated metal and hung from metal hooks or even chain so that the panel hangs easy but removes fully to get access? Lots of hard side material might be adapted. Paint the metal? Paneling comes in all kinds of colors and designs.
Something softer and less industrial, leaning more toward the softer side? A simple fabric curtain can be very cheap and reasonably easy to sew up. Add some grommets and shower hooks to hang it.
Combine the two by wrapping and gluing fabric of your choice to a solid item like paneling?
It is an open field and I see no reason to limit myself to what others like!
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Luan panel, glue fabric to it, epoxy magnets on back to hold in place.


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Thank you PlantedRich and Maryland guppy for your thoughtful replies. You got me thinking 😎 Thanks again
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Hey Aquaticz, if you don't mind, let us know what you do. I am presently asking myself the same question.
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Luan panel, glue fabric to it, epoxy magnets on back to hold in place.
This. I'm planning a stand build for a 40B with a 20g-long sump conversion with this.

I have MTS
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I tend to like magnet mounts but then they also can get iffy when I add too much weight. That leaves me to suggest another idea?
If one is using a panel and hanging it, there may be room to glue a strip on the back of the panel and add another upright strip to form an upside down "J" for a hanger? Thinking of your hand as the "J", may help with the idea of what I might look at using. Do you have space for it to go up and over the front of the stand?
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rare earth magnets will allow much heavier panel material
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