5 Things To Consider When Installing Wall Panelling
DIY wall panelling is a trend that has continued to grow in popularity over the past few years. More people across the UK than ever before are giving their homes a makeover, transforming interiors with the help of MDF panelling strips and a range of other trendy styles.
Wall panelling is a cost-effective way to update your home’s interior, whether that’s in the bathroom, bedroom or kitchen. Skirting 4 U has a wide variety of wall panelling kits for you to get creative within your home makeover project.
Once you’ve bought your wall panels, it can be easy to jump straight into installing them. We recommend you don’t do that as there are some simple mistakes you could fall foul to. Here are 5 things to consider when installing wall panelling in your home.
What area of your home are you installing the panelling?
If you’ve bought MDF wall panelling, then you need to consider which areas to install the panelling in your property. The versatility of wall panels makes them useful not just for any room in your home, but it can also be used to cover up pipes and wires too.
Installing wall panels is a great alternative to tiles in kitchens and bathrooms as our MDF panelling can withstand humid and damp conditions. The panels are also capable of handling the odd splash or two, making them a good choice for your bathroom or kitchen’s interior.
By deciding on the areas in your home to install the wall panelling, it’ll make the home renovation process a lot easier for you.
The style of wall panelling you are installing
Since there are different types of wall panelling styles to choose from, it's important that you pick a style that works for the rooms you are renovating. You also need to consider the type of home you are installing the panelling in, whether it's a Victorian or Georgian-style property or a modern new build.
Tongue and groove (Farmhouse), Shaker Style, Jacobean and Geometric are just a few wall panelling styles to consider in your home makeover project. If you’re installing panelling in your kitchen or bathroom, then it's worth using the tongue and groove wall panels for that area of your home.
Jacobean and Geometric wall panelling both work extremely well with creating a feature wall for a bedroom or home office. If you want a traditional wall panelling style that works in any area of your home, Shaker Style panels are great for any room you decide to install the panels in as they add warmth and comfort to a bedroom or living room.
By taking into account the different types of wall panelling styles that are available, it can help you decide on a style that’s right for your home makeover project.
Measure up your walls
Before installing any wall panelling, it’s worth measuring up the walls for where you’re fitting the MDF panels on. This will give you a good idea of how many wall panels you need so that it covers the entire surface area of a room.
It’s important that you double-check your measurements of the room you’re installing as there will be plugs, skirting boards, furniture and electrical sockets to work around. By doing this, it’ll ensure the panels fit perfectly so that you deliver the traditional or contemporary look you are trying to achieve.
If you are struggling with finding the right amount of wall panels you need, this wall panelling calculator will help with this part of the installation process.
Plan out how you want your panelled wall to look
Drawing out how your panelling will look on your panelled wall will give you an idea of the options you’ve got in terms of installing the wall panels. By doing this, you can see how the panelling will look on paper before you install them on the bedroom or living room walls.
Once you’ve got an idea of where you want to put the wall panels, it’s worth drawing them on the wall to get a clearer idea of sizing. Use a tape measure and pencil and mark out each point where a panel will be installed. This will make the installation process a lot easier for you, thus saving a lot of time and stress with putting the panels in a bedroom.
How high do you want your wall panels in a room?
You should consider how high you would like your wall panelling to go in your living room or any other area of your home. Most people choose dado height as it’s great for bathrooms, giving it plenty of space around other items in that room, such as the toilet cistern and basin.
If you want to have a dramatic look in the sitting room or dining room, then it's worth having the panelling from the floor, right up to the ceiling. However, you should be careful when taking this approach as you have to consider other elements in a room, such as windows and doors to radiators and fireplaces.
In terms of ideas for wall panelling height, having it one-third or two-thirds of the way up the wall creates an aesthetically pleasing look to any room in your home.
These 5 things will make it easier for you when it comes to installing wall panelling. If you have any questions about the type of wall panels that are right for your home, you can speak to one of our expert sales team members today.