How to Create a Planked Wall


Plank walls are one way a homeowner can bring a rustic and natural look and texture to a room. If the planks are rough-hewn or aged, the look will be more rustic. If the planks are finely finished and stained and glossy, the look can be very sophisticated. The type of wood, the shape and style of the wood and the finish all play roles in how the wood will look on the wall. Installing planks is one of the easier wall installation projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Furring strip boards
  • Table saw
  • Nail gun
  • Wood planks
  • Screw gun
  • Wood screws
  • Eye protection
  • Determine whether you want the planks to run horizontally or vertically. Vertical planks work better in rooms with 8-foot, level ceilings. Horizontal planks are easier to install in larger rooms or rooms with vaulted ceilings.

  • Measure, cut and nail furring strips every 16 inches on center in the opposite direction from the way you want your planks to run. Try to nail into studs when possible. Use a chalk line to snap lines between two measured marks. These will help you line up the furring strips at the right spacing. Use a nail gun to make this part of the project go quickly.

  • Cut your planks to the length you need, using a table saw. Screw the planks into the furring strips, using a power screwdriver. If you're installing horizontal planks and you need to use several planks to cross the wall space, vary the ends of the planks, similar to the procedure used when installing a wood floor. This will prevent awkward wall seams.

  • Use smaller or thinner planks of the same plank material to trim along the ceiling and wall corners. Use a standard baseboard material to match the other walls in the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will need to move your electrical boxes out the depth of the furring and planks. If you are uncomfortable with this procedure, have an electrician move the boxes before you start building the wall.
  • Let the lumber acclimate to the room by leaving it in the space for at least two to five days prior to installation.
  • Wear eye protection when using a table saw.

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