Making ordinary extraordinary

How to install beaded paneling

For a classic look in your home

If you want to transform a wall from ordinary to extraordinary, you need to learn how to install beaded panels. Knowing how to install beaded panelling is a simple DIY skill, and a great way to make an attractive addition to any room. Read on to find out how.

How to install beaded panelling: How to prepare

Beaded panelling is usually found on kitchen and bathroom walls, but if you want to get creative, you can use it just about anywhere. From ceilings to bookshelves, kitchen counters to doors, the only limit is your imagination!

So, how to install beaded panels like a professional? Once you’ve bought the panels your next step is meticulous planning and preparation. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Choose the wall carefully. Is this exactly where you want to put up the beaded panels? Of course, panels can be removed if necessary, but it’s best to avoid the hassle and be sure before you begin. You should also make sure the wall is completely clean and dry before you install the panels.
  • Make measurements and mark the walls. Use a level and a pencil to mark the position for the panels. Keep an eye out for things like light switches and sockets, as you may need to cut the panels in order to fit round them.
  • Prepare the beaded panels. Cut it, pre-fit the parts to ensure they go together perfectly and paint or stain the wood. Make sure it’s completely clean.

How to install beaded panels: An easy guide

Now you’re ready to start, here’s how to install panelling:

  1. Apply the adhesive. Use a zigzag pattern on the back of the board.
  2. Turn the board over and put in place. Make sure it aligns with the pre-marked lines. Press it firmly against the wall.
  3. Repeat the process with the rest of the panels.
  4. Attach moulding or a trim. Start from the inside corners and work along the top and bottom of the panels.
  5. Apply caulk or sealant as a finishing touch. This will help to smooth over any gaps.

If you use a strong adhesive, this should be enough to bond the beaded paneling to the wall. However, if you want extra reinforcement (for example, when putting the panels over a stud), simply nail the boards into place.

How to install beaded panelling: The right glue

To install beaded panelling you need a strong, resistant adhesive that’s compatible with both the panel and the wall. A versatile adhesive like UniBond One For All Universal is ideal. It can be used on all materials and provides a lasting hold. So, once you’ve installed your beaded panel, you won’t have to worry about repairs or replacements. For DIY that endures, One For All is the one!