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Wall planking is a great method for adding imagery, color, texture and architectural features to any room in the house. The hardest part of the project is selecting the texture and pattern of the wall plank that works best for accenting the room.

Create horizontal, vertical or diagonal plank layouts using dark to light tones and wood grains. Compliment the room's accessories with similar or contrasting wood hues and patterns. With a little imagination, you can change a room’s ambiance with decorative three-dimensional mosaic planks.

Types of Wall Planks

These planks are designed for home use and are simple to install. You have a choice of single horizontal planks or locking tongue-and-groove designs. Craft your own personalized style by finishing the edges with straight trims, or soften the adjoining corner walls with end caps.

Choose between traditional wood characteristics and modern or contemporary patterned planks. Depending on the selection of the wall planks, installation involves applying adhesive to the backs, nailing it in place or using the pre-attached sticking tape. Deco mat sheets are applied to the back of the wood mosaic design sections for easy peel and stick application to the surface wall.

Installation Tools

It’s exciting to start a new project and sensational to finish it. Keep in mind, craftsmanship is about following the rules and taking a few precautions to get the job done. Be sure to wear the proper clothing and use suitable gear: gloves, a facial mask and protective eye goggles. The right tools are essential to any home improvement project — avoid taking shortcuts or substituting tools.

Installation is so easy; you can use a utility knife to cut the planks. Always cut away from you and run the blade against the straight edge guide. It keeps the line cut straight and your fingers attached. Ladders are for climbing, not side-to-side leaning — that’s an accident waiting to happen. Read the plank material label to make sure you have all the supplies needed to finish the project.

Here’s a starting list:

  • Adhesive
  • Cleanser and cleaning rags
  • Hammer and nails
  • Level
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Installation of Wall Planks

Craftsmanship is built into each plank, adding a unique appearance to any wall surface. The plank material is lightweight, easy to handle and ready to set into place. Staggering the planks is the most popular design because the layout adjusts to different plank sizes, patterns or colors. Do a sketch of the layout, measure and mark the starting point, and you're ready to begin. You can literally change the appearance of a room in a matter of hours.

  1. Measure the wall space. You need the square feet measurement (length and width) to calculate the amount of material needed to cover the surface.
  2. Clean and dry the wall.
  3. Remove nails or picture hanging metals from the wall.
  4. Turn the power off and remove cover plates.
  5. Establish the starting line. Measure from the top of the molding up to the center of the wall. Use a carpenter's bubble level to make sure the baseboards or moldings are straight before drawing the tape measure up to pencil the center wall mark. Once you have the center mark, place the level at the mark and draw a horizontal line across the wall.
  6. Plank position — this step is important. Pick your plank and apply the adhesive, or peel away the tape and place the first plank above the line mark. Press firmly in place.
  7. Next, place the second plank below the line mark setting the staggered pattern in place.
  8. Stack from the middle upward and repeat the pattern downward.
  9. Measure and cut the planks to fit the wall edges, outlet or air vent openings and molding edges.
  10. Replace the outlet covers, turn on the power, step back and admire your handiwork.

For this project, starting from the center of the wall works best. Here’s why: The wall is going to be the focus of the room, and starting from the center gives you a clean pattern outward. Whether you start from the top, bottom or center, you will still have to measure the cuts for the outlet openings and the wall edges.

Make sure each plank is level as you place it into position. Not all planks are created equal, so you may need to make a few slight adjustments. You have the choice of removing the baseboards or molding trims before starting the project. If you remove them and the walls have been painted, use a utility knife to cut away the paint or caulking before pulling it from the wall.

Conclusion

Wall planks are a simple solution for adding a seamless wall or backsplash designs. The beauty and simplicity of these ready-to-use solid wood planks offer quick turnarounds for weekend home projects.

Iris M. writes blog content for real estate; research, region and community information for the purpose of providing information to the reader, helping them with decisions when selecting a home. She writes content on a variety of subjects, pertaining to client specifics, industry related, research and informative studies, including "how to" for mass market and social media.

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