How To Install Wall Panels

Wall panels come in a plethora of textures and add a wide variety to the ambiance of your interiors. They could be rustic boards, frame and panel designs and elaborately made panels. Infuse detail, warmth, and style in your home by following the below steps to install wood panels in your home.

1. Estimate your Materials – Wall panels are available in both, boards and sheets, but sheets are a better option for installation as they come in 4×8 pieces. To approximate how much is needed, measure the total square footage of the area needed to be paneled. If there are doors and windows in the space, deduct the area needed for them and divide the remainder by 32 to determine how many panels you need.

2. Preparing the Wall – To increase their adjustment to the temperature and humidity, leave the sheets for 2 – 5 days in the room they need to be paneled in. Mark lines on the location and ensure that the walls are even and flush. Thin panels should be placed over existing walls. The studs need to be located and furring strips of 1×3 or 1×4 can be secured as a base for the wall paneling. To ensure the panels lay flat, the furring strips should be attached to the studs plumb and flat. 16 inches of distance, whether horizontally or vertically, needs to be left with blocking added in every 4 feet in the middle of furring. Damp proof any brick walls and exterior walls before paneling.

3. Measuring and Cutting the panels – Doing a dry run before installation usually helps with any rearrangement, if needed. Number the panels to secure them in the correct order. All the panels must be a 1/4th inch shorter than the ceiling. Applying the adhesive to the wall frame in a zigzag manner, leave 1mm of space between panels to allow for expansion and contraction. Lightly nailing the tops of the panel stretch out the ends at 45 degrees and once the glue becomes tacky, press the panels into place. Tap them with a hammer to secure the bond. Nails should be driven every four inches on the ends and every eight inches everywhere else.

Paneling makes existing walls thicker, so one will have to modify door jambs, electrical outlets, etc to accommodate the extra space. Wall paneling can be a time-consuming task, but if done with the right materials and tools, it can enhance your space to be safer and add character to it.