The addition of wood surfaces, from wood floors to furniture, adds a certain warmth and humanity to a space.
A popular choice in times past has been wood paneling for all of these reasons. Lately, the addition of real wood panels have enjoyed a comeback in modern, 21st century spaces.
But, how do you install wood paneling? Guest writer Sophie Taylor is here to shed some light on the question …
Installing wood paneling gives a touch of elegance to any room in the home. The rich color and beautiful patterning of wood is an attractive alternative to paint or wallpaper. Wood is a good insulator, so applying wood paneling will help to keep your home at a stable temperature throughout the year.
Wood paneling styles
The first thing to do when installing wood paneling is to decide on the type of wood that you will use. Dark wood is very attractive and can add a sophisticated atmosphere to a room, but you should be aware that dark walls can make a small room seem gloomy.
In contrast, lighter shades of wood paneling have a brightening and freshening effect on a room. You could pick up a book of sample cards from your local DIY store and take them home with you to find out what shade of wood would best match your furniture and fittings.
Wood paneling installation – 8 steps to success
Installing wood paneling requires some basic carpentry skills, but it should be within the scope of most practically-minded homeowners. Installing wood paneling yourself will save you a lot of money that you would otherwise have spent on hiring a professional. Below is a step-by-step guide to installing wood paneling. If you follow these straightforward tips, you should be on track for success.
Step One: If you’re planning to stain or paint the wood paneling, you will find it much easier to do this before you put it on the walls. Lay each wood panel flat and apply the stain or paint using a paint roller to get an even finish. Let it dry before you continue with the installation.
Step Two: Turn off the power in the room where you are working. You might accidently put a nail through an electrical cable, so you need to make sure that the cables are not live before you start installing the wood panels.
Step Three: Install the furring strips by nailing them to the wall, one along the floor and one at the height where the top of the paneled area will be. If you are installing floor-to-ceiling wood paneling, you will need to install three furring strips: one along the floor, one along the ceiling, and one at the midpoint of the wall. Use a spirit level to make sure that the furring strip you install at the midpoint of the wall is horizontal.
Step Four: Start in a corner of the room. Nail the first wood panel to the furring strips.
Step Five: Continue along the wall until you reach the opposite corner. You will probably need to cut the final panel to make it fit. Use a circular saw to cut the panel to size. Always cut from the side of the panel that will be facing into the wall in case you leave rough edges.
Step Six: You might need to cut around obstacles such as light switches. To cut out a small area from the middle of a panel, mark the size of the hole you want to cut on the back of the panel, then drill four holes at the corners of your drawing, inside the line that you have drawn. You can then insert a keyhole saw into one of the drilled holes to cut out the necessary shape.
Step Seven: Install trimmings such as baseboards, crown molding, or cove molding.
Step Eight: Sand down the nail heads and paint them the same color as the panels to make them less noticeable.
By following these eight simple steps, you can quickly and efficiently install wood paneling to create a warm atmosphere in any room in your home.
Sophie Taylor wrote this post on behalf of the Suspended Ceiling Shop.