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How To Install New Paneling

Updated: Feb 27

Are you bored with the paint color of your walls? Or maybe you're looking for something to rejuvenate a room? If you want to change the color of your wall without all the undertaking of painting then installing new panels might be your best bet! With the proper help, it's generally an easy task you can knock down in one afternoon.

First and foremost, lets do our prep work! In the bottom of this post you'll see a list of materials you'll need for this project. This is one of those projects that can be renter friendly. This is a great project if you live in an apartment or any rental property because you have the freedom to change the look of your apartment without having to worry of fixing it later!

Okay now its time to measure your wall(s) that you're putting the paneling on! Panel sheets come in varying sizes, and design. Take off any nails, screws, sockets covers, switch plates, and thermostat cover. Another optional step is to remove any trims you may have on the wall (for those of us who are renters this step may not be necessary since you don't want to have to put it back once its time to move out. This may cause the bottom of sheet paneling to look a bit odd but it's certainly something you can cover up). After measuring the wall, use a stud finder and find all the studs on that wall and mark them down on the floor.

Place the first panel on the wall (on one of the ends) and see if its square and level. If you need to make any cuts on the panel for sockets and such, now is the time. When you've got all your cuts done and its all nice and level, you can start installing the panels. Take your nail gun and start mounting the panel (make sure to aim on a stud to get a secured installation). An optional step to this is to add an adhesive on the back of the panel before placing it on your wall.

Final stretch. Put all of your socket covers, switch plates, and anything else you took off back to where they belong. Now you have a brand new wall that can add a lot of character to a room! Come check out our other DIY Ideas for more inspirations!

STEP 1: Prep your materials! We have a list of materials for you in the bottom of the post!

Check out our list of materials you need. Of course this varies with that situation you may be in but its a good general start.

STEP 2: Measure your walls and make sure you have the right amount of paneling! Take off everything that may be hanging on your walls (switch plates, socket covers, nails, screws or anything). Find and mark the studs so you know where put the nails when installing the panels!

Make sure that everything is off the walls so you don't get random bumps in your paneling. Mark the studs with tape on the ceiling or on the floor so you can see where they are. An optional step is to take off the trims!

STEP 3: Place the paneling on the wall and make sure everything is square and leveled. At this time, make your cuts for the sockets, light switches and such.

This is the paneling we would choose for this project! They are squares provide a 3D texture that really brings out a room. Click the picture to see more!

STEP 4: After making your cuts and everything is squared and good, you can now install the panel on the walls. Use the nail gun with finish nails to mount the panel (make sure to hit the studs with the nail gun).

An optional step in this part is to place adhesive on the backs of the panel. Its added stability and security.

STEP 5: You can now put the switch plates and such back into place. Clean up your mess and you're all set! Enjoy your new wall and check check out more of our DIY Ideas to be inspired for your next project!

Adding panels can completely change the look of your rooms. Be sure to send us before and after pictures to be featured to be our weekly DIYer!


Disclosure: We at PanHelic are not licensed professionals. Everything we say here is purely our ways of doing DIY. If you need to refer to anyone about code, permits, safety guidelines or anything of relation please contact your local professionals for help.

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