Applying Wood Veneer Sheets: Mistakes to Avoid

Wood veneer sheets are thin panels designed to give a fine wood appearance at a lower cost. They can be applied to wall sections and different furniture pieces for a more polished look. Though wood veneer sheets are fairly simple to install with the correct tools, some mistakes are still common with this DIY project.

Apply Only to Flat Surfaces

Wood veneer is a rigid material, particularly when it has been finished and sealed. Wood veneer sheets should not be applied to surfaces that are not completely flat. When finishing a wall with wood veneer panels, smooth any rough textures first in order to ensure the panels will adhere evenly without air bubbles or uneven areas.

Measure Accurately

Wood veneer comes in panels that are typically 2 feet wide by 8 feet high, and it is important to correctly calculate the number you will need based on the wall dimensions. Use a carpenter's tape measure to record the wall length and width, and divide the dimensions of the panels by the total area.

Allow Extra Room When Cutting

If your wood veneer panels need to be trimmed to fit, a common mistake is to cut off too much. A good rule of thumb is to allow an extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch more than you may think you need. This applies to all sides of each panel.