Before You Start
Any type of floating floor can be used to create the desired panelling effect. For this project, we chose a vinyl floor with a natural wood grain print. Vinyl is a great option because it is washable, scratch-resistant, and light enough to be installed with construction adhesive, which means no nails!
Measure the Surface Area of the Wall
Glue the First Row of Planks
2.1Take a half plank and glue it to the wall, starting on the left side. Use a level to keep it perfectly straight, and make sure that the groove is facing outwards rather than towards the wall.
2.2Hold the plank in place with a few pieces of tape as the glue dries.
Go easy on the glue—just a few drops is enough for a lasting and solid hold.
Measure the Remaining Space
3.1Measure the space from the top of the first row to the top of the wall.
3.2Hold a plank securely in place with clamps.
3.3Use a utility knife and carpenter’s square to score a cut line on the plank, twice.
3.4Snap the plank along the cut line by using the side of your worktable.
As you work, ensure that your cuts are straight. Leftover pieces will be used to start subsequent rows.
Continue the Install
4.1Use a leftover piece for the next row, then follow it with a full-length plank. If the leftover piece is too similar in length to the plank beside it, choose a different piece or use a full-length one instead.
4.2Continue installing until the whole wall is covered, except for the final row.
4.3A rubber mallet can be used to tap down the joints if needed.
Give the project a more vibrant and lively feel by installing planks of random lengths.
Install the Final Planks
6.1Apply latex to the edges of the planks using a caulking gun.
6.2For a perfect finish, smooth the latex with an applicator tool or a wet finger.
Admire the Finished Project