DIY Wood Accent Wall Installation Tips

D.I.Y. wood accent wall installation is simple. Even a complete beginner with no construction experience can do it, with minimal preparation and effort. When you purchase accent wall coverings from Walls With A Story, we’ve prepared your boards so that they will be lightweight and smooth on the back. They're also ripped to your desired widths. This makes installation quick and DIY friendly. Start out with a darker wall color (paint your wall black if needed), then lay out your pattern on the floor so you can picture the look you want to achieve. Starting from the middle of the wall, you can begin installing in a straight line. Simply put any adhesive on the back of the wall covering to place and position your board, then use brad nails on the studs.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! (Plan, Stick, Nail). Anyone can make their accent wall come to life! All you need is a dark background wall, a clear floor space to develop your pattern, the adhesive of your choice, brad nails and a nail gun (or good hammer!). You'll likely also need a simple jigsaw or mitre saw to make straight cuts across your pre-prepared boards to fit them flush with the sides of the wall.

Step 1. Take Measurements
Measure the square footage
of your project space and purchase 10-14% square feet of extra wood. (This will account for any loss due to cutting/trimming)


Step 2. Paint A Background
Paint the wall behind your wood
a dark color, so that no colors are visible through any imperfections or gaps in your wood. Light colored walls will show through even the smallest perfections in your wood.

Take measurements and paint a background.


Step 3. Mark Studs
Mark out the studs on your wall
so that you can put a brad nail, nail or screw into the stud to support the wood. (A stud finder is a simple tool, which helps located studs. If you don’t have one, pick one up at any home store from $10 – $25)


Step 4. Make A Level Starting Point
Start at either the top or bottom
and make sure you first row is level and keep a close eye on subsequent rows.

Mark studs and make a level starting point.


Step 5. Plan Your Rows
Plan out and decide on a row pattern
prior to working on each row. Try setting out and arranging your pieces of wood on the floor in front of you to help visualize how they'll look next to each other.


Step 6. Stagger The Joints
Stagger or the joints for a better look.
Walls with all of the joints in a vertical row will appear awkward. Randomize and offset your joints for a better and more rustic look and feel.

Plan your rows with offset joints.


Step 7. Trim Your Wood
Measure and trim your board as you go
. We recommend using a mitre saw or table saw if one is available to you. If not, you can pick up a simple jigsaw at most home stores for $25 - $75 and it will do the trick.


Step 8. Cut Around Outlets
Measure and cut around outlets,
to maintain use of your wall plugs. You won't need a precise measurement or cut. A rough cut is fine, as the outlet cover will hide any imperfections.

Measure and trim your boards to work around outlets.


Step 9. Visualize Your Wall
We recommend that you layout boards
prior to putting them on the wall, as this will help you plan for the best looking wall without errors.


Step 10. End Rows on Studs
If possible, end and nail each row on the middle of a stud.
If that's not possible, just end on a stud or use heavy-duty adhesive if your only option is to end a row on drywall without a stud behind it.

Lay out boards to help visualize your wall and end rows with nails on a stud.


Step 11. Rip or Trim The Final Row to Fit
You could possibly need to trim the final row
to fit the remaining space on the wall, without leaving any wide gaps or spaces.


Step 12. Use Trim or Molding Instead
An alternative to trimming your final row is to cover the remaining space.
.Start at the top or bottom of the wall and work to the end, then simply cover a floor or ceiling gap with trim or crown molding to avoid trimming.

Trim your final row to fit, or avoid trimming altogether with trim or molding.