Wood Paneling Designs for Walls

Wood Paneling Designs for Walls

Attaching the boards

To attach the boards to the wall, you will need to create a framework of 2.5 x 5cm (1 x 2in) battens fixed to the wall about 40cm (16in) apart. If you are attaching the boards vertically, the battens need to run horizontally; for horizontal panelling, attach the battens vertically. You need to add a further support strip at ceiling level; but if you are adding a new skirting board, leave the existing one in place beneath the panelling to act as support. Fix the battens to the wall with masonry nails, or screws and wallplugs, and use your spirit level to check that they really are square.

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When you are buying the cladding, look for timber marked TGV (which stands for tongued, grooved and chamfered into a V-joint). This means that the edges are designed simply to slot neatly together when you come to put them on the wall. Alternatively, you could choose something that is a little more decorative; match-boarding, for instance, has a moulding down the edge for a more sophisticated look.

Boards are usually sold in 10cm (4in) widths, but you should estimate on twelve boards to cover a space lm (39in) wide to allow for overlapping and planing. You can also buy panelling kits, but they are more expensive because they are simpler to fit and come complete with dado rail and skirting board. When you attach the timber, it is important to leave a small gap to allow the air to circulate freely behind the panelling as little as 1cm (%in) will do. This will prevent the timber from warping and the gap is so small it will not be noticeable when you have finished.

With the framework screwed to the wall, place your first board with its grooved edge in the corner. Nail through its face into the support battens, checking that the strip is straight with a plumb line. Tap subsequent boards in place with a hammer and offcut and fix at regular intervals (spaced according to the weight of the wood) either with nails as above, if to be hidden, or with panel pins as below. Before securing the penultimate board, overlap the last board and cut it to width. Spring the two in place together.

It is a good idea to seal wood finishes with wax or with matt polyurethane varnish when you have finished, to avoid staining, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens.

Attaching wood panelling

1 TGV cladding slots together as you place the panels up on the wall. Knock them gently so that they abut.

4 Butt join internal corners and either plane a chamfer on the inside edge or neaten with a length of moulding.

2 Tack panel pins diagonally through the panelling onto the support batten at regular intervals.

5 At external comers plane off tongue to butt square. Finish with dado rail and mouldings, if required.

3 At a junction with a plain wall, cut the last board to fit, snap last two in place and face nail the last board.

6 Pack out and remount flush electrical fittings, frame with battening strips, and cut notches in boards to fit.

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