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How to panel a wall: DIY wall paneling in 10 simple steps

Wall paneling adds a defining personality to your home & gives it a distinct character. Wall paneling has recently caught a lot of attention on social media with people sharing their transformed walls on various social media channels. Sound absorbing panels are especially popular with the youth as they help maintain their privacy.

It is available in different forms, so it's crucial to think it through & do your research before choosing the style you want to go with. Also, you need to decide in advance whether you want to go for Sound absorbing panels or regular ones. A wide range of moldings like grand period designs, tongue and groove, traditional shaker-style, Jacobean-style grid, or dado style are available to choose from.

TIP: Sound absorbing panels is the recommended type as they help drown out unwanted outside noise.

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Before starting anything, you’ll decide on the following things:

  • What thickness of Fibre Cement Boards you’re going to use. Fibre Cement Boards comes in varying depths i.e. 6, 9, 12, 18 & 25mm.
  • What width you’re going to cut your panels to.

Step 2

Make sure you have the following equipment with you.

- A tape measure

- Pieces of paper

- Pencil

- Spirit level

1. Start by measuring the width of your wall.

2. Work out the distance you’d like between each vertical panel which will determine how many panels you are going to need.

3. Times the number of panels you’d like by the width of a panel

4. Take the width of the wall and subtract the figure in step 3. This will leave you with the total sum you have to play with for the gaps between the panels.

5. Divide that figure by the number of gaps you’ll be left with.

6. Work out the height you’d like the panels to be.

7. Work out how many horizontal panels you are going to need to sit across the top of your vertical panels. Take your chosen height of panels and then work out how many you can fit across the width of your room.

Step 3

Now, it’s time to draw out the paneling on your wall. For this you’ll need a tape measure, a pencil and a spirit level. Please note that this step is important as it’ll highlight any wrong measurements you may have taken.


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Step 4

Purchase your Fibre Cement Boards.

Step 5

Time to attach your panels to the wall. There are two ways of doing this.

Option 1

You could opt for the glue and nail gun option.

This option is by far the quickest & easiest but if you like to change the look & feel of your home regularly this option may in the long run cause you to need to re-plaster the wall behind the paneling as removing the glued down panels may bring the plaster off along with it.

Option 2

Screwing the panels to the wall. Now this option takes a lot longer but will save you money and time in the future.

Stage 1

Drill 3 holes in your panel top, middle and bottom. You may only need a screw at the top and bottom of the panel if your walls are straight.

Stage 2

Mark where the holes are on the wall with a pencil. (Start with the Vertical panels first).

Stage 3

Drill holes in the wall and insert wall plugs.

Stage 4

Next use a countersink drill bit to create a small cavity for the screw to sit flush in each drilled hole of the panel.

Stage 5

Screw the panel to the wall. Repeat for each panel

Stage 6

Caulk all the edges and fill all the holes with poly filler.

Stage 7

Once everything is dry, sand back the poly filler and repeat if needed.

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Step 8

Time to prime!

Step 9

Time to paint. You’ll need 3 coats.

Step 10

You’re done! Enjoy your new wall!

If you want to know more about wall paneling, you can contact us at info@ecopro.co.in