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A Simple Guide to Fitting Bathroom Wall Panelling

Vintage Bathroom

 

Is your bathroom looking a little worse for wear? Are you still rocking an avocado bath suite?

Maybe you’ve seen the light and realised that your tiles are covered in pink slime no matter how hard you’ve scrubbed, and your grout is disintegrating before your eyes? Well, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, we share why wall panelling is the ultimate way to spruce up your bathroom and show you how very simple it is to install.

Why install wall panelling?

These PVC wall cladding panels are an excellent substitute for tiles, so if you’re sick of scrubbing grime from the grout, this is an awesome solution. Wall panelling which can be used around the shower area, is 100% waterproof and its PVC nature makes it so simple to clean. As for installation, that’s a breeze.

Steps to put up your own panels

It may seem more than obvious but before you do anything, you’ll need to measure the wall.

To set off, you’ll need to make sure you have these tools to hand:

1. pencil
2. tape measure
3. knife
4. fine tooth saw
5. adhesive and nails or screws
6. drill
7. silicone which matches the panels

bathroom renovation tools

There are different ways to install these panels: adhesive and nails or with screws. The combination of both secures wall panelling in place. You also need coving trim to help the panels slot in place.

Fitting the coving trim

Cut the trim to length, hold it up so it’s touching the ceiling and screw through it with a drill. Screws should be located every 300mm along the trim. Once it’s fitted, you can clad the walls with shower panels instead of tiles – or cover tiles up.

How to clad the wall

We recommend that you start applying the wall cladding sections from the top left corner and work your way across the room. You’ll need to start with a full panel and end with a small one.

Using a saw, cut the first panel to the height of the wall, then apply the adhesive to the back. We recommend this is done in an ‘s-shape’ all the way down the panel.

With the coving already in position you need to slide up the first panel into the coving then up and across into the internal corner.

Press down firmly onto the cladding, then put four screws through the tongue section of the panel.

Fitting involves a simple tongue and groove method, so when a screw is placed on the tongue section of the panel, the next one simply slots into place, hiding the screw from sight.

If you make a mess with your adhesive there’s no need to worry as the panels are 100% waterproof and easily cleaned.

stylish bathroom

If you’re placing the PVC wall cladding over ceramic tiles, you’ll need to find a grout line, so you can apply screws directly to the grout. The screws are then concealed as the next panel slots into place.

Watch our helpful videos if you need more help to clad an external corner or trim around a window. If you need assistance to select the right PVC wall cladding for your bathroom, then contact our experts for advice.

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