How to Install Smartside Panels Indoors

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Smartside panels are a siding typically installed as exterior walls on sheds. They come in 3/8-inch thick, 4-by-8 foot sheets that are installed directly to the building studs. The panels, which have grooves 8 inches apart, are made of compressed wood with a protective layer over top to equip them for the outdoors. Installing Smartside panels indoors is similar to installing drywall and can give a room a rustic and natural look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Circular saw
  • Safety goggles
  • Measure the length and width of the room and record the measurements to determine how many pieces of Smartside paneling will be needed for installation. Line up the first Smartside panel beginning at one corner of the room. Butt it up against the studs.

  • Hammer the first panel in place with 6d nails. Insert a nail at the top of the panel into the stud until the nail head is flush with the panel. Move down six inches and insert another nail. Repeat the process all the way down the panel.

  • Insert nails into the panels and through into the next stud in the wall. The studs will be spaced every 16 inches on center. Spread out the nails every 6-inches down each stud.

  • Butt the second Smartside panel up next to the first and install it in similar fashion. Continue in the process down the wall until you reach the end of the first side. Measure and mark the final piece of the first wall.

  • Cut the piece to size with a circular saw. Line up the mark on the panel with the blade on the circular saw and cut along the line. Install the final piece of the first side and all of the remaining sides in the same manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety goggles when working with a circular saw to help protect your eyes from flying debris.

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