Wall Panels

Decorative wall panels to complete your space

Wall panels present a perfect way to customize any room in your home for a reasonably low price. However, the installation project is not one to be taken too lightly, and there are a number of important considerations to keep in mind when going through the process.

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First, a few healthy reminders: for one, don't use panels outside -- unless they explicitly state otherwise, panels are generally meant for indoor use only. Second, prepare the wall by making sure it's clear of debris, clean and dry. If you're installing wall panels in a shower or bathroom (or anywhere that water might be a factor), be sure to use silicon to create a water-tight seal.

Second, know your panels. When visiting a hardware store to purchase your materials, find out as much as possible about the wall panels you're using. Know their size by heart and learn about they're capabilities -- where it's appropriate to use them, and where not.

Measure twice, install once

Before starting the installation, measure the walls and each wall panel carefully to make sure you have enough materials. Remember the saying: measure twice, cut/install once. Be careful to measure precisely when customizing panel sizes to accommodate windows and doors.

The most popular way to install wall panels is to glue them to the wall. Be sure to ask a salesperson if this is all right -- some bamboo wall panels and wood wall panels are meant to be glued, while others are not. There are a few possibilities when choosing glue for your decorative wall panels: water-based glue, solvent-based glue, silicon, and MS-Polymer. The last of these options tends to offer the longest bond, so it might be worth spending a bit extra on it.

As you install the wall panels, be sure that everything is being placed straight. Consistently turning to a level is a good way to ensure that everything lines up correctly.

Maintaining your wall panels

Once the job's done, be sure to give the glue you've chosen enough time to bond with the panels. Then, when you're ready to start accessorizing the paneled wall, be sure to not over-tighten any screws you may use to attach objects like cabinets or mirrors. Being a bit too aggressive here can actually damage or even crush a panel, ruining your hard work.