How to Install Half Paneling


Installing half paneling allows you to cover the top or bottom portion of a wall with a wood grain and finish the rest of it with paint or wallpaper. Half paneling adds natural texture to the wall surface without overwhelming the room. Installing half paneling is a far simpler process than installing full wall paneling because it does not require as much time nor as many measurements to complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • 4-by-8-foot panel sheets
  • Table saw
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Tube of liquid nails
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Measure the length of each wall in the room you're decorating. Write down the perimeter on a piece of paper in inches, divide the total number by 48 and divide the answer by 2. This will determine the number of panels you will need to complete the project.

  • Measure to 4 feet from one end of each 4-by-8-foot panel. Make several measurements, put a mark on the panel after each measurement, and connect the marks with a pencil and ruler. Each full panel creates two half-panels that will be applied to the wall surface.

  • Cut the panels into two 4-by-4-foot sections using a table saw. This will create a straight cut while supporting both sides of the panel.

  • Measure up 1/4-inch from the base on each corner of the room. Snap a line between each mark along the walls to create a level guideline. Check lines with a level to ensure the accuracy of the line. Make adjustments if necessary.

  • Apply liquid nails to the wall as well as the back of the panels before installing each section. It is necessary to glue the panels to the wall because the nails may not penetrate the studs.

  • Place the first half-panel in any corner of the room. Line up the side edge to the corner and the base of the panel to the line snapped on the wall. Hammer one finishing nail every 12 inches along the base and the top edge of the panel about 1 inch from the edge.

  • Apply the next panel by lining up the side of the panel with the edge of the existing panel. Line up the base of the panel to the line snapped on the wall. Glue the panel in place.

  • Repeat steps 5 through 7 until you reach the end of the wall or there is less than 48 inches remaining.

  • Measure the remaining wall area, and cut the width of one 4-by-4-foot panel to the measured width.

  • Install the remaining wall panel by lining the base of the panel to the line snapped on the wall and the side to the previously installed panel. The panel should line up perfectly with the corner of the wall. Glue the panel in place.

  • Follow steps 5 through 10 to panel the rest of the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider adding wall trim to the base and top edge of the paneling for a more traditional appearance.

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