How to add wooden panelling to a wall: DIY in 5 easy steps

How to add wooden panelling to a wall: DIY in 5 easy steps


Adding wooden panelling to a wall is a quick and easy way to give your home a new look. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it in five easy steps. So whether you’re looking to add some character to a boring room or want to create a focal point for your space, read on for all you need to know about adding wooden panelling. Enjoy!


Can you do wall panelling yourself?

Yes, you can definitely do wooden panelling yourself. It’s not as difficult as it may seem and it’s actually a lot of fun. Plus, it’s a great way to add some extra character to your home. Wooden panelling is one of the most popular types of wall panelling, and it can be stained or painted to match any decor. If you’re planning to do the job yourself, just make sure you plan properly before starting. With a little bit of effort, you can easily transform a boring room with wall panelling.


Does wall panelling damage walls?

Wooden panelling can be a beautiful addition to any home. It can add character and charm, and it can also help to insulate the room. However, wooden panelling can also be difficult to remove, and it can damage the walls in the process if not done carefully. The best way to remove wooden panelling is to use a putty knife or a chisel. First, you need to score the panelling with the putty knife. Be careful not to damage the wall beneath the panelling. Next, use the chisel to pry the panelling away from the wall. Start at one end of the panel and work your way down. Once you have removed all of the panels, you will need to sand the wall smooth and then repaint it. With a little bit of care, you can remove wooden panelling without damaging your walls.


What is the cost of wooden panelling?

Wooden panelling is a type of finish that can be applied to walls and ceilings. It is usually made from thin pieces of wood, that are attached to the wall using nails & glue. Panelling can be used to create a variety of looks, from traditional wainscoting to more modern designs. Wooden panelling is typically more expensive than other types of wall finishes, such as paint or wallpaper. The cost of wall panelling will vary depending on the type of wood used, the design, and the size of the project. For a small room, the cost may be as little as £200 if you have all the correct tools. For a larger more complex design, the cost could run into the thousands. With this being said, wooden panelling can add both style and value to your home, making it an investment worth considering.


Where to get wood for panelling?

If you’re looking for wooden panelling, your best bet is to head to your local hardware store. You’ll find a variety of panels made from different woods, and you can choose the one that best suits your needs. If you’re not sure what type of wood you want, ask the salesperson for help. They’ll be able to guide you to the right product. Once you’ve selected your panels, take them home and get to work! Panelling is a great way to add a touch of warmth and character to any room, and it’s a project that anyone can tackle.


DIY wooden panelling in 5 easy steps:


  • Wooden panelling (this is up to you on the shape, style & size as there are plenty of options)
  • A notebook & pencil for planning



1: Prepare your wall

Once you have found the perfect wall for your panelling, you will first need to prepare the wall. You will need to sand & smooth your walls as much as possible before attaching your panels to the wall. This can be done using basic sandpaper & a bit of elbow grease! Remove any lumps or bumps with the sandpaper, then wipe down with a damp cloth & leave to dry.


2: Measure

Next, you will need to measure the area where you want your wooden boarding to go. Use a tape measure to measure the height & width of the wall that you are panelling. Then, you will need to decide how many panels you want both vertically & horizontally. You will need to ensure you account for a panel at the top & bottom of your wall. Make sure you do this as carefully as possible to ensure everything lines up as it should. 


3: Cut & smooth

Once you have all your measurements taken, it’s time to cut your wood. The easiest way to do this is with a power saw, but you can also use a hand saw if you prefer. When cutting the wood, be sure to make straight, clean cuts so that the panels will fit together neatly. Once you have made your cuts, be sure to use a piece of sandpaper to smooth off the edges to ensure a good quality finish. Once you’ve cut all of the pieces to size, you’re ready to start installing your wooden panelling!


4: Fix your panels to the wall

Now it’s time to attach the wooden panelling to the wall. Start at one end and use the ‘no nails’ glue, or something similar, to secure the panel in place. If you want your panels to be extra secure, you can also use nails as well as adhesive. Be sure to also use your spirit level to check that all your panelling is level in all directions. Work your way along until all panels are in place.


5: Fill the gaps & paint

Now that you have applied the wooden panels to your wall, you will need to fill in the gaps using decorators caulk, or a good quality filler. To do this, you will need to use a scraper to apply the filler in between the crack. Try to smooth this off as much as possible with the scraper.

Once you have finished, you will need to leave the filler to dry for about 24 hours. When the filler is dry, you will then need to go over with sandpaper to smooth off the panels ready for painting.

Before you start painting, ensure that the wall is clean & dry, then get to work!

If you need any tips on how to paint a wall properly, check out our blog on “How to paint a wall with a roller”.



So there you have it, adding wooden panelling to a wall is a pretty easy DIY project. All you need are the tools and materials listed above, some patience, and careful following of the steps outlined in this post. We would love to hear how your project goes – comment below with pictures or even a video of the process!

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