DIY Custom Height Shaker Wall Panelling Details
Using moisture-resistant MDF, our custom height shaker Wall Panelling Kit for bathrooms is the perfect solution for adding style and protection to your bathroom, toilet, or other rooms with high humidity and to protect guard your walls against damage from furniture or moisture.
Using our easy ordering process, you just need to enter the dimensions of the wall that you would like your wall to cover, and then input your preferred number of columns and rows. We will cut each piece to size, prime it if you opt for us to, and ship your order directly to your door. You can easily install it yourself and even add a popular picture shelf to hold your bathroom essentials.
Our DIY custom height wainscoting shaker wall panelling is a cost-effective way to add character and elegance to your bathroom or toilet. It is particularly popular in high-traffic areas like these rooms as well as hallways. This wall panelling is available in 6mm MR MDF, 9mm MR MDF and 12mm MR MDF. You can also choose the width of your MDF battens to be 50mm, 80mm, 100mm or 120mm. 100mm is our most commonly bought width and is therefore set to this at default.
Adding panelling to your walls can help define a room by lifting it with texture and sophistication while adding to any interior design themes or styles. Wainscoting also gives you the option of having a two-tone colour palette, allowing you to be bold with your wall colours without it being too overwhelming. With our Wall Panelling at half height, you can still add a pop of colour to your room without it dominating the space.
Looking for an easy-to-paint option? Our Premium Moisture Resistant MDF wall panel strips we offer can be primed on the front side, so they can be painted as soon as they arrive.
Our courier's maximum panel length is 1800mm. If your wall is longer than this and therefore you enter dimensions larger than 1800mm, we will provide you with multiple pieces to make up the total length required. We will make sure that the panels are cut to equal sizes so that they can be joined in the middle.
Please note that Medite Moisture Resistant MDF is designed for use in humid conditions, however, it is not suitable for external applications.
Add a picture shelf as your wainscot cap
Our customisable MDF shelf is the perfect addition to our custom height wall panelling kit. It is cut to size so that it is the same length as your wall panelling kit. Once installed, you will be creating a seamless and cohesive look for your wall space. It's made from high-quality 18mm MDF, and the flat surface of the shelf provides ample space to hold your bathroom essentials or display some of your favourite artwork. If you would prefer a Dado Rail for a more traditional look on top of your Wall Panelling, then we also offer shaker wall panelling with a Dado rail.
Our MDF shelf is easy to install, and you don’t even need to drill into your walls! The shelf can be attached securely to the wall panelling kit with the included adhesive. Our Picture Shelves come with the exact number of support blocks and glue required, as well as an easy-to-follow installation manual. When opting for your wall panelling kit to come primed, we will also prime both sides of the shelf so that it can easily be painted upon delivery to your door.
We offer our picture shelving in both 80mm and 120mm in depth, so you can decide between the options as to how far you would like your shelving to come out from the wall.
Please note, the picture shelf is intended for decorative purposes only.
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Installing Your Wall Panelling
After ordering your wood wall panelling comes the important part. Installation. Don't worry - we include a wall panelling manual within your kit which can help you with installation.
Below is also a step-by-step guide to assist you to install your new and outstanding wall panelling.
What You Will Need
How to Install Wood Panelling
The technical view of our visualiser (at the top of this page) will show you which measurements you need between each batten based on your input. Make sure to note down these measurements when ordering the kit so that you know how far apart you should be marking the measurements when it comes to installing it.
Our Wall Panelling Kit includes a physical installation manual which provides more detail and recommendations on which order to install the panels in.
Step 1: Organise
Lay out the MDF wall panels on the floor and group them based on size.
Step 2: Stencil
Using a pencil mark where the MDF wall panels need to be positioned on the wall. You can use the measurements provided in the 'Technical View' of our visualiser for spacing.
Step 3: Stick
Apply a thin layer of adhesive on your MDF wall panels and stick them to the walls where you have previously marked them. We strongly advise you to read our installation manual for this step.
Step 4: Level
Use a spirit level to make sure the MDF wall panel pieces are aligned correctly and fix when level. Wait to dry.
Step 5: Add your picture shelf
If you've added a picture shelf to your order it's time to install it. Detailed instructions are provided with your kit.
Step 6: Fill
Once dry, use wall filler to fill any gaps between the strips. If you've measured well, the gaps should be small.
Step 7: Caulk
Caulk around all edges of the MDF wall panels making sure to smooth evenly with a clean slightly wet finger or application tool. Once this is done, wait until dry.
Step 8: Prep
Prep the panelling for painting by sanding the joins which you've filled with filler. This helps the paint adhere and makes the join seamless and flat.
Step 9: Prime
Apply the wood primer evenly and wait to dry. You can skip this step if you chose for us to apply the priming for you.
Step 10: Paint
Paint the panels and walls with your chosen colour. We're loving deep greens at the moment, like Farrow & Ball's Green Smoke as shown in the visualiser.
Wall Panelling Key Features
Wood wall panelling is made easy with the use of our Moisture Resistant MDF sheets, which are a popular and adaptable material made up of small strands of mixed hard and softwoods, combined with resins and wax to produce a hard-wearing but lightweight panel.
Due to the small strands that construct the sheet, our Standard Grade MDF sheets as well as our Moisture Resistant MDF Sheets are an ideal for completing wood wall panelling as the wood panels are light to install and fit.
Our MDF wall panels take well to most adhesives and paints. As such MDF wall panels allow for fantastic possibilities for adding colour and creativity. For more wall panelling ideas for how MDF can be best-used check our guide Choosing the Right MDF.
Far cheaper than solid wood of the same size, MDF wall panels are a cheaper material to work with and are ideal for completing wood wall panelling due to their ability to be produced and shipped cheaply and quickly for fast installation.
Our sheet takes well to most adhesives and paints, so are great for customising for different projects including bedroom wall panels, decorative wall panels, hallway panelling, wood wall cladding and bathroom wall panels. Additionally, wood wall panelling is easy to fabricate and fix with screws, nails or glues. Further, we can provide MDF wall panels exactly to your specifications and measurements, and can include options for customisations such as Cut-Outs for plug sockets, or fixtures on the wall should you require them.
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Wall Panelling Specifications
|Material||Wood - MR MDF|
|Available Thicknesses||6mm, 9mm, 12mm|
|Fire Rating||Euroclass D|
|Manufacturers Tolerances||+/- 10% plus 0.4mm (e.g. 5mm cast sheet could vary from 4.1mm to 5.9mm)|
|Cutting Tolerances||+/- 1mm|
For the full technical details, download the manufacturer's datasheet here:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bathroom Wall Panelling made of?
Our wall panelling is made from Moisture Resistant MDF. Also known as MR MDF, It has a slight green tint and contains a moisture-repellent resin that provides increased resistance to humidity. As a result of this, our MR MDF is ideal for use in high-humidity areas or areas of high moisture.
Is all MDF moisture-resistant?
Not all MDF is moisture-resistant. MDF is a porous material, and moisture-resistant sheets prevent the MDF sheets from warping or being affected by moisture.
My MDF is not the colour I was expecting, have I been supplied with the incorrect items?
Our Moisture Resistant MDF could be a variety of colours depending on supply, including shades of green or brown, possibly sandwiched in layers.
Can I waterproof these MDF panels even more?
Moisture-resistant MDF sheets are already resistant to moist areas and humidity, however, you can improve their hydrophobia by coating them in an appropriate waterproof primer or paint.
How do you measure for Wall Panelling?
All you need to do is simply measure out the area that you would like to panel with a tape measure and input your measurements into our site along with your column/row preferences. Our site will work out the rest for you!
What comes in the Wall Panelling Kit?
Our wall panelling kits contain made-to-measure MDF Battens to create the shaker effect on your walls as well as a short instructional leaflet for installing them. We can supply the additional materials you will need for installation like adhesive, dust sheets, primer and filler. These can be added to your cart in the kit configuration tool on the Wall Panelling page, or found on the accessories page. Backing boards for unfinished walls are not included.
How do you put up Wall Panelling?
Wall panelling can easily be installed using adhesive, or screws. We would also recommend making sure you use a spirit level when installing to make sure that the pieces are flat. In addition, we have an installation guide for our MDF Wall Panelling.
Does your MDF come primed?
Our Moisture Resistant MDF comes unprimed, but you can select for us to prime the front side of the wood for you. This will save you the time and effort of doing it yourself, so once your panelling arrives, it’s ready to paint!
Can I paint on MDF?
Often chosen for its inexpensive cost to create furniture, MDF can be painted to add some character or personality to any piece. We have written a guide to assist you in painting your MDF.
What is the best colour to paint Wall Panelling?
Following current trends, we see the colours shift according to the season and trend. Though typically people opt for painting MDF a darker shade, either green or blue, to manipulate any natural lighting and create interesting depth with shadows.
What are Picture Shelves and how can I add them to my order?
Picture shelves are thin strips of MDF that can be attached to the top of your wall panelling to create a ledge for displaying photos, art or other items. You can add picture shelves to your wall panelling kit by selecting the option “Picture Shelf” and choosing the thickness of the shelf.
How do I paint my Picture Shelf?
You can paint your picture shelves in the same way as you paint your wall panelling. You can use any type of paint that is suitable for MDF, such as acrylic, emulsion or gloss. If you select for your wall panelling kit to be primed before delivery, then we will prime your picture shelf too.
How much weight can Picture Shelves hold?
The weight a picture shelf can hold will depend on its length and depth. You should avoid placing heavy or fragile items on your picture shelves, as they may fall or damage your wall panelling.
What are the benefits of adding Picture Shelves to my Wall Panelling Kit?
Picture shelves can add style and functionality to your wall panelling kit. They can create a focal point for your room, showcase your personality and interests, and make use of vertical space. They can also protect your wall from marks and scratches caused by hanging frames or nails.