The essential guide to installing wooden wall panelling…
There’s no denying that wooden wall panelling looks extremely eye-catching, whether on a wall or a ceiling.
Unlike many luxurious interior products, which come with an expensive price tag or equally expensive fitting costs, wood wall panelling is easy to install, therefore making it a relatively cost-effective way to transform a wall or room in your home!
In fact, the majority of The Wood Veneer Hub’s wall panelling ranges are so easy to install, they can even be fitted by a DIY novice.
Whilst each of our ranges has its own specific way of fitting, fundamentally there are a number of pieces of equipment that you’re likely to need including:
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- ‘No nails’ construction adhesive and adhesive gun (dependant on product)
- Precision drill
- Hammer and 2” finish nails OR air nail gun
- Screwdriver and 2” finish screws
- Electric saw or jigsaw
Prior to installing
It is essential that you leave the wood panelling in the format that it is supplied. Upon delivery, move it into the room that it is to be installed in, either strapped together or laid flat in loose sheets, so that the product can acclimatise to the temperature and humidity of the room, prior to installation.
Regardless of the product range, the surface that you will be installing on must be relatively sound, dry, and dust-free.
If you are planning to fit the wall panelling in sections, rather than over the entire wall, it’s always best to decorate first. Retrospective painting is obviously possible, but it avoids getting paint onto the surface of the panels.
Whilst some panels like our Reclaimed and TimberStik ranges are designed to be butted up to each other, and could therefore have small visible joint gaps, others such as Eco-Slat, one of our latest ranges that is suitable for use externally as well as inside, have an interlocking system similar to laminate flooring.
Each panel of Acupanel® is also fitted butted up to the next, but its design, backing, and overall appearance disguises any joins between sections.
How to actually fit the panelling…
Make a reference pencil line either vertically or horizontally across the wall at eye level.
If you are fitting batons to the walls’ surface prior to installation, either to give additional acoustic insulation to Acupanel®, or simply to give the panelling a better base to be fixed to, this must be obviously done first.
Our Reclaimed range requires construction adhesive to be applied to the back of the first plank, then nailed, whereas others can be held in place with nails or feature rivet screws alone.
It is always best to finish an entire row or column before moving onto the next.
When fitting our Reclaimed or TimberStik ranges, it looks better to stagger the board joins in a random brick effect, repeating this process row after row.
Other ranges such as Acupanel® however, are intended to be fitted in a more unified way, as their overall appearance is one of sleek looks rather than a rustic appearance.
If you are fitting the panelling wall-to-wall or into an corner, as you approach the corner, you will need to measure the distance from the last board to the end of the wall, and trim it to size so as to be flush with the edge of the wall.
To allow for minimal expansion, it’s prudent to leave a small gap of approximately 1/16”. Light switches and electrical sockets are easily fitted around, simply by removing the faceplate, marking the recessed socket position and then cutting out using a jigsaw.Whilst these instructions are only intended as a brief guide, should you require more detailed information, please contact our dedicated customer support team, who will be only too happy to help.