The next time you visit a friend or a relative’s house, head straight to the bathroom and take a look at it. Does it have panels? If it doesn’t, follow this up with a visit to a bathroom with panels and place both bathrooms against each other. You mostly will give the bathroom with panels the thumbs-up and that is only because bathrooms with panels tend to look much better. Decorative wall paneling can supplement the aesthetics of your bathroom, taking it from the way it looks to the way you want it to look. Apart from guaranteeing your bathroom good looks, wall panels have this intrinsic property of protecting your bathroom walls from moisture. A bathroom wall sans a panel is that much more prone to mould or moss and that is nothing but a result of excessive moisture. Also, the best part about panels is that they come with minimum fuss. You don’t need to hire a thousand hands to get wall panels installed in your bathroom, you instead, can do it all by yourself. Thrust yourself into this article to discover ‘know-how’ on how to add wall panels to a bathroom.
Bathroom Wall Paneling Tips & Tricks
- Before beginning to add panels to your bathroom, you will first have to measure the wall paneling to determine the number of panels you’ll need for your bathroom. Right after you’ve got the measurements down, place the same against your budget. If you’re lucky enough to add panels without a budgetary constraint, you can skip this step.
- Post measurements and the consideration of tight budgets, you will have to zero in on the wall paneling to get to a bathroom of dreams. Prices can vary from cheap to extremely costly, so you will have to look to get the best value for your money here. Scout around for the best-looking panels that are well within your price range. Also, instead of just focusing on looks, focus on quality too. Opt for a panel that not only looks good, but can also cope with the steam and moisture in a bathroom. There are panels in the market that have specifically been made for bathrooms. You will only be making the right choice by buying such panels.
- Post deciding on your bathroom panel, you will have to buy trim or molding for the same. Make it a point to cover the seams of the bathroom panel with flat and narrow trim or molding. For aesthetic reasons, it is advisable to buy ‘sophisticated’ trim or molding for the base and top of the panel.
- Take some time out to determine if you are adding the bathroom wall paneling over your existing walls, or replacing the walls altogether. If at all you are replacing the existing walls, first remove the sheetrock or drywall before doing the same.
- Now that you’ve got your ‘materials’ and all decisions are made; it is time to start adding the same. Begin by measuring the distance between the centers of the wall studs. Also, cut the panels according to the height measurements. Here, you will have to be wary enough to leave a small gap between panel sections.
- Attach the panels to the walls of your bathroom and then nail or screw the panels to the studs. Here, two panels should be nailed or screwed to each stud. There really are no two ways about it. You will have to nail or screw along the top of each panel.
- Now that you are done with the installing, add the trim or molding to cover the seams of the panels. Once you’ve have done this, you can add trim or molding to the base and top of the panels, use paint to ensure the same goes with the colors of your bathroom.