How to Install Bamboo Paneling

What You'll Need
Bamboo paneling
Wood saw
Measuring tape
Finishing nails
Nail set
Wood putty
Oil soap
Scrub pad
Warm water
Stain or polish for bamboo
Stud finder
Paneling adhesive

Bamboo paneling is a beautiful and affordable design option a room remodel. It is also very durable, making it worth every penny you spend on it. It is a great replacement for traditional wood and is far more eco-friendly than most other options. Bamboo is harvested from mature stalks which will grow back on their own, unlike natural wood where the trees are destroyed and the only way that they can grow again is by planting an entirely new tree. That takes years to replace. 

If you are interested in installing bamboo paneling in your home, consider the guide below.


Step 1 - Plan out the Project

Using some of the paneling to figure out how you want to arrange it on your wall, mark on the bamboo with your pencil areas that you will need to trim in order for it to fit properly onto your walls. Take your stud finder and find where the studs are at the end of each wall area. This is where you will attach the bamboo with finishing nails. The rest of the paneling will be put on the walls with paneling adhesive. Make sure to remove any and all fixtures and vents. 

Step 2 - Prepare the Paneling for Installation

After you have cut the bamboo paneling to size and have indicated places where holes must be made, it is time to cut out those holes in the paneling. Take your trowel and apply the adhesive directly to the wall and not to the paneling itself. Follow the directions on the adhesive. It is important to note that you will need a lot of the adhesive for each wall you are putting bamboo on.

Step 3 - Adhere the Paneling

According to the adhesive instructions, begin to attach your bamboo paneling to your walls. Now take the shims you have and place them in between the segments of paneling as well as the baseboard of the floor. This will help compensate for the natural spaces that might occur after the paneling begins to dry. 

Step 4 - Nail in the Bamboo Paneling

After the paneling has been put on the wall, take the finishing nails and put them in the bamboo that is at the end of each wall. Take the wood putty and cover up the heads of the nails to hide them. After you have done this you can replace all your fixtures and venting you might have removed. 

Step 5 - Take Care of the Bamboo

Taking care of your bamboo is important to the life of the paneling. It is best that the bamboo is kept as dry as possible, and any type of cleaning should be done with warm water and oil soap only. Where you have installed the paneling should dictate how often you should clean the paneling. If, for example, it is in a bathroom, you should not only clean the paneling every week, but also make sure that there is ample ventilation in the room.  

If for some reason you notice stains on the bamboo, you can always try and remove them with warm water and ammonia.  For extra protection you can always apply a stain to your paneling once it has completely dried.