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How to Install Wood Paneling

Use these step-by-step instructions from hosts Jason Cameron and Tony Siragusa and find out how to create a rustic lodge feeling in your own home by installing wood paneling.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prep the Area

Prepare the wall by removing any trim around doors or windows. Turn off the power and remove all outlet covers.

Step 2: Place and Level the First Board

The installation itself is very similar to installing hardwood floors in that the wood is all tongue-and-groove. Place the first board, and use a level and any wood jambs necessary to make sure it's straight. It is most likely that the piece will not be parallel to the ground, but having it level will pay off when you're working on the rest of the wall. Mark with a chalk line.

Step 3: Secure Boards to the Wall

Use 2-1/2" nails to nail through the tongue at a 45-degree angle all the way down, double checking as you go to make sure it is level. Make a cut and then stagger the joints. If all the joints line up, they create a weak point in the wall, so staggering them creates stability.

Continue with the rest of the siding right up the wall, sliding the tongues into the grooves and then securing with the nailer. When you come to an outlet, mark it and cut new pieces that go around them. When the wall is completely covered, reattach any outlet covers and trim.

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