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How do you install indoor wall paneling?

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To install indoor wall paneling, measure the length and height of the coverage area, calculate the number of planks required, remove base molding, find studs in the wall, attach the baseboards and attach the paneling above the baseboards. Attach baseboards to studs and use adhesive to attach the paneling to the walls, notes Lowes.com.

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To apply paneling to an indoor wall, follow the steps below, as noted by DoItYourself.com.

  1. Measure the area
  2. Measure the length and height of each wall to determine how much paneling is required for the project.

  3. Prepare the area
  4. Clear all furniture from the room. Take outlet covers off of the walls. Remove the base molding.

  5. Install the baseboards
  6. Use a stud finder to find studs in the walls before marking them out. Arrange baseboards along the walls, starting in a corner and working outwards. Attach the baseboards to the studs with a nail gun or a drill and screws.

  7. Add the backing if needed
  8. Thin paneling requires backing to add stability. Thick panels do not require backing.

  9. Cut out the outlets, windows or doors
  10. Mark out the area around an outlet, window or door with chalk. Cut out the space with a jigsaw or handsaw before installing the panel piece.

  11. Install the panels
  12. Install the panels starting in one corner of the room. To install panels, spread adhesive along the back of each panel and carefully slide it into the space between the baseboard and the wall. Press the panel onto the wall and ensure that it is level. Use nails and a nail gun to fix the first piece of paneling to a stud in the wall. Secure subsequent panels using the interlocking grooves around the edges, and periodically nail panels to studs in the wall to keep the paneling secure.

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