Transform a room with wooden panelling
Planning & preparation
- We’re going to show you how to transform a room with wooden panelling, step by step.
- It’s a low-effort decorative DIY project that has really high impact.
- Opt for a design that you think you can tackle and like the look of; there are plenty to choose from.
- This project doesn’t require too much time or experience to complete and uses materials that are all available from Wickes.
- It should take a DIYer with moderate experience around 2 days to complete when you factor in your drying times, but this can change depending on the size of your wall and how many coats your wall requires.
- Always make sure that your power tools are unplugged while you’re setting them up or changing accessories, to ensure your safety.
- Keeping the plug in sight acts as a visual reminder to prevent accidents and hazards.
- For extra safety when using power tools and painting, be sure to wear protective equipment, including your ear defenders, goggles and a dust mask.
Planning and choosing your materials
You can use a range of materials to create your panelling, whether you want to embrace the natural grain and knots of soft timber or use MDF boards for a cleaner but less natural approach.
You could use architraves and other mouldings for a more decorative option that suits both contemporary and traditional styles.
Sketching out your design is a great way to visualise it and feel out what you’re going for, so make sure you really take your time at this stage and decide on a design you really love.
Measure your wall, your space and your panelling materials and work out how it’ll fit.
Prepare your wall by clearing the area, filling any holes that exist and sanding it down to get a smooth surface. See our video on preparing a wall for painting for further advice.