How to Work with Bamboo as Bathroom Paneling

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

Bamboo bathroom paneling is a sustainable way to install wall paneling into your bathroom. Bamboo is affordable and lasts a long time, because it is very durable. It is an ideal replacement for normal wood, because bamboo bathroom paneling can be made out of bamboo harvested without cutting down the entire plant. It’s short growth cycle makes it an ideal resource to use instead of wood from trees.

Step 1- Preparing Drywall for Bamboo Bathroom Paneling

Using pieces of bamboo paneling, plan how they are going to attach to your bathroom walls. Using measuring tape and a pencil, mark any areas of paneling that will need to be cut out for outlets, lighting fixtures, and plumbing. Cut these areas out with a wood saw. Use a stud finder to mark the studs closest to the corners of the bathroom walls. You’ll attach each wall panel to the corners of the drywall with finishing nails, but the rest of the panel will be attached with paneling adhesive.

Step 2- Cut Bamboo Bathroom Paneling to Size and Attach

Once you’ve used your saw to cut the bathroom panels to size and made the appropriate measurements for holes, cut out holes and then place the panel up against the wall to make sure that the holes are in the correct spots. Apply paneling adhesive directly to the drywall using a trowel. You’ll want a decent amount of adhesive for each wall panel, since it will only be secured by nails around the edges. Following the adhesive directions, attach the bathroom paneling to the walls. Use shims between the panels and between the panel and floorboards to allow for natural expansion and contraction. Use the stud marks to drive finishing nails into the wood panels as close to the corners as possible. Remove the shims once the panels are in place.

Step 3- Finishing the Bathroom Paneling

Use a nail set to drive the finishing nails into the bamboo bathroom paneling. Cover the nail holes with wood putty. Reattach any lighting fixtures, vent covers, or any other fixture that was removed to attach the wall paneling.

Step 4- Maintaining Bamboo Bathroom Paneling

Bamboo should be kept as dry as possible to keep from getting damaged. It’s important that you have a vent fan in your bathroom to keep the bamboo bathroom paneling as dry as possible when you’re using the shower. Clean up any spills as you notice them. Make a solution using warm water and oil soap to clean your bathroom paneling bi-weekly or weekly, depending on how frequently your bathroom is used. If you notice any stains, use a small amount of ammonia with warm water and a sponge to try and remove the stain. A bamboo stain or polish can be used to further protect your wood paneling. This isn’t necessary, but in a high humidity area like a bathroom, it can be very helpful.