How to Decorate With Corrugated Metal


Even though home improvement shows tend to focus on high-end, modern designs, a large segment of the population is still more comfortable with a down home, cozy look in their decor. If smooth stainless steel and monochromatic color palettes aren't your cup of tea, don't be afraid to embrace home decorating styles that allow you to showcase your love of barnyard animals, warm plaid and other country accents. This laid back look is easy to achieve, and you can find materials to create a custom corrugated metal chair rail and wall treatment in your local lumber yard. Corrugated metal adds a rustic element to any room, and using it on your walls is a simple way to add country charm.

Things You'll Need

  • Corrugated metal
  • Drill
  • Metal bit
  • Screws
  • Metal cutting shears
  • Wood trim
  • Studfinder
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Figure out the perimeter of the room by measuring the length of each wall and adding them together. You can subtract any portion of the measurement where there is an opening or a door, although you still need to account for places where a window doesn't go all the way to the floor. Once you have the total perimeter of the room, add 10 percent to the materials you need to purchase to account for errors or mistakes. Corrugated metal can be purchased in rollls or sheets, but the sheets are much easier to work with.

  • Prepare your materials before you start working in the room. If you purchased sheets of corrugated metal, there is no need to pre-cut the panels unless your room has walls that are much shorter than the sheets of metal. Because the material is so flexible, you should not have any problems getting the long panels into the room. Move all of the furniture to the center of the room, so you have plenty of space to work when you are installing the metal panels.

  • Hold the metal up to the wall, squaring it off with a door or corner. Since the metal is a bit over two feet wide, it is the perfect size to create a low border that can be topped by a chair rail, so you should install the material with the lines running horizontally. Find a stud, and screw the metal to the wall, pre-drilling holes in the metal. Place one screw at the top and bottom of the metal about every two feet. For best results, attach the metal at places where the metal actually rests against the wall, not in places where the corrugation leaves a gap.

  • Use metal shears to cut the metal to fit around windows and electrical sockets. In the corners, you can either bend the metal to fit the corner, or cut the metal to fit each wall. When you need to start a new sheet of metal, overlap the old sheet by one inch or so to create a smooth transition.

  • Top the corrugated metal with wood trim to prevent the metal edge from being a safety hazard to you or your furniture. You can screw the wood trim to the wall or use liquid nails to attach it. Depending on the type of wood trim you choose, you can either miter the ends of the trim or just cut it to fit the wall at each corner.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more rustic or ranch-inspired look, use 4-inch pine planks to top the corrugated metal. Then use a woodburning tool or a brand to burn brand images into the wood. Paint on the metal with special paints to either design a mural or artificially age the material. To create an accent wall, entirely cover one wall in corrugated metal. Install the sheets vertically from floor to ceiling, following the same installation instructions above.
  • Safety goggles will protect your eyes from bits of metal or wood. Wear the proper safety equipment when working with power tools. Wear gloves when working with the metal panels so that you don't cut your hands on the sharp edges.

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