How to: Paneling Installation Guide

Alright.. So you bought some of our paneling but just don't know if you can install it yourself? Well, we're here to provide you with a step-by-step tutorial to help encourage your DIY self!

Optional Material:

  • Laser Level

  • Chalk Line

  • Construction Adhesive

Here's What You Need:

  • Paneling

  • Stud Finder

  • Level

  • Brad Nailer

  • 2" Brad Nails

  • Chop Saw

  • Pneumatic Air Gun

  • Marker

Let's Get Started!

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Open your bundles of paneling and lay out your material in 'easy to grab' piles.

To ensure an even distribution of colors from one of our natural styles, you can lay out the boards in the order you would like them to be placed so you can visually see it before placing it on the wall.

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On your chosen accent wall, use a stud finder to locate your studs.  Not every board needs to hit a stud but knowing where your studs are will help secure the paneling.

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Starting at the bottom corner of your wall, make sure your first board is level by using a hand level or a laser level.

Use your nail gun to tack your board in place trying to hit any studs you may cross along the way.

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If you are placing paneling around an outlet or light switch, you will need to bump out the outlet as you work.  Once your paneling is completely installed, you can replace your outlet cover for a seamless look.

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Continue to lay your boards in rows of the same width and trim pieces once you reach a corner or the end of the wall.  When starting a new row, use your small cut off pieces – this will improve your staggered pattern and prevent creating waste.

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Make sure your paneling is staying level as you work your way up the wall.

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Continue to install the boards row by row until you reach the top of your wall. 

Trim the boards as needed to maintain a stagger, fit to a corner, or go around an outlet.

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Take a step back and admire your new did it!

Want to print this guide for easier viewing? View our FREE printable paneling install guide here.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for installation issues or problems that arise during installation.  We will not be liable for any mistakes in calculating the amount of material needed or for improper installation which results in needing extra material to finish the job.

This guide is meant as a reference for basic practices and is not a comprehensive tutorial for the basic carpentry skills needed to successfully install your paneling.  Contact a licensed contractor for professional installation.

Don't want to DIY? Call us for a referral of a recommended installer!

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