A Simple Approach to Making Raised Panel Wainscoting A Simple Approach to Making Raised Panel Wainscoting

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Pencil
Level
Stud finder
Construction tape
Pine lumber paneling
Miter saw
Protective equipment
Nail gun
Nails

Raised panel wainscoting is not only a unique way to enhance the appearance of the walls in your home by adding more depth to the surfaces, but it can also help to support the wall underneath, making it more durable and better able to withstand damage from pets, children and other wear and tear. Read on for a brief guide on how to make raised panel wainscoting in a simple manner for your home.

Step 1 -- Measure Out the Paneling

First, you will need to determine the size of the paneling for the area that you want to cover with wainscoting. You can do this by measuring the height of the paneling onto the wall with the tape measure. Remember that the length of the panels should be greater than the total height of the panels in order to achieve the appropriate proportions. Make a mark at the vertical point at which you'd like the panels to stop on the wall. Use the level to create a perfectly horizontal line at that point that stretches as far as the paneling will go.

Step 2 -- Mark the Studs

Along the length of the line that you've drawn across the wall, use the stud finder to locate the studs. Mark them off clearly with the construction tape so that you know exactly where they are when you are nailing the paneling into the wall.

Step 3 -- Cut Down the Paneling

The paneling will now need to be cut down to size. Make sure that the paneling that you have has the proper type of design on it for the room. Use the miter saw to cut the panels down so that the length matches that of the wall area that you want to install the wainscoting on. Make sure to wear protective equipment while you use the miter saw.

Step 4 -- Install the Top and Bottom

You first need to install the top and bottom sections of the paneling. These should fit horizontally across the wall, and the first should be lined up so that the top of the panel rests at the line that you drew previously. Nail the paneling into the studs using the nail gun. Make a matching horizontal row of panels at the bottom of the wall, just above the baseboard.

Step 5 -- Cut and Install Additional Paneling

The additional paneling will be oriented vertically between the two horizontal rows of paneling. Cut the panels to the appropriate height and lay them in rows against the wall. Determine whether you'd like to leave space in between them or have them butt up against one another. When you have determined the design, double check the first panel piece for levelness, and nail it into the top and bottom panel rows. Repeat with the rest of the panels until you've covered the wall.

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