How to install beadboard paneling: Preparation
Beadboards are commonly seen in kitchens and bathrooms, but this versatile paneling can be installed in every room of the house. The creative DIYer even uses beadboards to build a faux headboard for a bed, or to line bookshelves. Beadboards cover entire walls and ceilings, but can also be installed below the chair rail as wainscot. The possibilities are endless!
The first step is deciding how much beadboard you need for the project. Once you have measured and purchased the beadboard, it’s time to plan the layout. Here are some important tips for success.
- Measure and mark the walls where the board should go. Consider baseboards and electrical outlets as you plan. You might need to cut out additional holes for electrical outlets or door frames.
- If used for wainscoting, measure and mark the chair rail and baseboards.
- Cut the beadboard, and pre-fit parts to make sure everything lines up correctly.
- Paint or stain the beadboard before installation.