Wooden wall panelling not only looks sensational but it is surprisingly easy to install.
PLAANK wall panelling will transform any interior and can be fitted by even a DIY novice.
Before you start, there are a few essential tools that you will need including:
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- ‘No nails’ construction adhesive
- Adhesive gun
- 2” finish nails
PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
It is essential that you leave the planks still strapped together in the room that they are to be installed in for a couple of days, so that they can acclimatise to the temperature and humidity of the room.
The surface that you will be installing on must be relatively flat, structurally sound and be clean, dry, and dust-free.
Painting the wall or ceiling a colour similar to your wood is an optional step. Due to the nature of reclaimed wood there may be small gaps that are visible between the panels once installed. These and knots in the wood can be disguised using a permanent marker.
Arrange the panels on the floor prior to fitting, paying attention to the colour and grain variations.
Make a reference pencil line across the wall at eye or shoulder level. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the first plank, keeping it away from the edges; in most cases a continuous “S” pattern or squiggle line works best.
Place this panel below and flush to the pencil reference line. Hammer a nail in each corner, approximately ½” from the board edges.
Complete this row with more planks, following the reference line. The next row to be installed is directly underneath. Be sure to stagger the board joins in a random brick effect. Repeat this process until you have completed the second row.
When you approach the end of the wall you will need to measure the distance from the last board to the end of the wall. Trim it to size to complete the row and be flush with the edge of the wall.
It may be necessary to trim the height of the boards when fitting the last row closest to the ceiling or floor.
To allow for expansion, leave a small gap between 1/16” and 1/8” between the boards, ceiling and floor.
External corners can become a feature too, by alternating and staggering the overhang.
If there are any light switches or electrical sockets, simply remove the faceplate, mark the recessed socket and cut out using a jigsaw. Fix the panel in the usual way then screw the faceplate over the panelling.
And if you're thinking this still sounds complicated, why not watch our video and see for yourself just how easy PLAANK wall panels are to install?