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How to Fit Wall Panels

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Any DIY decoration can be tricky, but re-styling a frequently used room such as the bathroom can make the task seem impossible.

When it comes to decorating your walls, it can feel like you only have two choices: waterproof paint or tiles. However, there is a third option which can provide both time and cost savings.

What are wall panels?

Wet wall panels are a flexible alternative to tiling and paint. They’re used primarily in a bathroom, but can be utilised in other areas of the house, such as kitchens and utility rooms.

They’re made from PVC, making them extremely durable, and they come in a wide range of designs including marble finish and even tile-effect.

Plastic wall panels are a fantastic alternative to tiling for a number of reasons. They’re a fraction of the cost of conventional tiles, much more robust, and they’re easier to fit. Rather than taking hours to ensure your tiling is straight and that the grout is consistent, wall panels use a tongue and groove system, allowing you to simply slot your panels together using adhesive and screws.

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How do you fit PVC wall panels?

Luckily fitting cladding panels is simple, so you don’t need to be a DIY expert to beautifully redecorate your bathroom! You’ll need to start by measuring your walls so you know exactly how many panels to buy, and what thickness you want them to be.

If you’re struggling to determine how many panels you should purchase, use our panel calculator. Simply enter in your measurements and it will calculate the number of panels you need.

What you’ll need

Fitting the panels

It’s always best to pick a starting point for fitting panels, and we would recommend starting at the left-hand corner, working your way across the room.

After you’ve measured your room, you’ll know how many panels you need and how big they need to be, so you should now cut them to size.

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It’s also a good idea to leave your panels in your bathroom for at least half an hour before installing them. This way they can get used to the temperature of the room and expand or retract accordingly.

Your next step is to briefly wipe down the walls you’re fitting the panels onto with a damp cloth, to remove dust and dirt, as well as any possible static.

If you already have tiling on your walls, you won’t need to remove them, as the panels can be fitted directly onto any existing material. Just make sure that if your tiles are only installed on a certain part of your wall that you fit plywood or plasterboard around the tiles to make the wall flush.

Once you’re happy with the measurements you’ve made, hold your panel into position on the wall and check that your panel is straight.

Using wall panel adhesive, apply a generous amount (around half a tube) to the back of your panel and gently press into position. You should then insert six to eight screws into the tongue section of the panel, which will hold it while the adhesive sets.

Repeat this process with all of your panels, and you’ll have a beautifully decorated room in no time.

So now you know that there are options for your bathroom other than tiles and paint! If you need support on choosing the best panels for you, get in touch with one of our expert team and we’ll be happy to help!

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