DIY Full Height Traditional Beading and Dado
Our classic dado and beading panelling are typical of the Georgian era. This type of decorative panelling is the perfect feature to add character to any space and is particularly popular in hallways and living rooms.
Accentuating a wall with this kit can help define a room by lifting it with elegance and texture whilst aiding any interior design themes or styles. There are plenty of personalisation possibilities to add flair to the home with multiple designs and colours. Placing wallpaper behind the beading is a popular interior design trend that makes for a stunning room with character and style.
The beading is slightly smaller than the dado rail. When placed vertically on the wall, its height is 35mm and its width comes out to 15mm.
We mitre your beading for you, so you will receive your beading already cut at 45 degree angles on the ends so that you can fit them seamlessly together on the wall.
The Dado Rail
Adding a dado rail is an excellent way to guard your walls, traditionally a dado rail was used to prevent damage to the walls where it is likely to get dented or scuffed by furniture knocking into it.
Our solid pine dado has a traditional profile extending out 21mm and standing at 44mm high.
Popular in hallways placed at one-third of the wall height, the dado rail can accentuate the length of your hallway making it seem much longer than it is. Placing two-thirds of the wall directly behind the headboard, the dado draws attention to the bed while enhancing the contrast of soft furnishings and textures.
Buying your Traditional Beaded Wall Panelling Kit
Buying your beaded wall panelling couldn’t be any easier. Simply measure the width of the wall and the height from the skirting to your ceiling or coving and decide on the number of rows and columns that you would like. We’ll calculate everything else for you once you have decided on your preferences. There's no need for the headache involved in working out measurements of your materials.
You’ll receive solid timber beading to complete the look along with a dado rail if requested. Everything will be pre-cut and pre-mitred ready to stick on the wall, so no cutting or wastage at home. If you are looking for an easy-to-paint option, then they can be pre-primed by us so they are ready to paint as soon as they arrive, saving you time and effort.
Beading without a Dado rail
If you decide on a traditional beading wall panelling kit without the dado rail, you will need to input your rows and column preferences and then decide on the size of the gap you would like between each panel. We refer to this as the panel gap. If you are unsure, input your dimensions and check our visualiser to see what your panelling will look like with your measurements.
Beading with a Dado rail
If you choose to add a Dado rail to your order, your panel gap will be the distance between your beading panels, and the Dado rail. You can see what this will look like by selecting the Dado rail, inputting your dimensions and then checking out the visualiser.
Our maximum dado 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.
Installing Your Traditional Beaded Wall Panelling Kit
After ordering your wood wall panelling comes the important part. Installation. Don't worry - we include a beaded 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 Beaded Wall Panelling Kit
The technical view of our visualiser (at the top of this page) will show you which measurements you need between each beading strip 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. Your beading strips have been cut at a 45°angle so they will fit together in a seamless square.
Step 1: Prepare
Prepare your space by ensuring the wall you are going to put on your traditional beading is smooth and clean. Lie out your Dado Rail and your Beading strips on the floor or on a table and group them together by size.
Step 2: Pencil
Using a spirit level and pencil, mark on your wall where you are going to place your Beading Strips and your Dado Rail if you opted for one.
Step 3: Adhesive
Apply a thin line of adhesive onto the back of one of the beading trims that will be placed horizontally on your wall.
Step 4: Apply to the wall
Using your spirit level, attach this strip horizontally to the wall where you have marked the bottom of one of your squares. Ensure that the shorter edge faces upwards.
Step 5: Apply a vertical strip
Attach one of your vertical strips to the wall, aligning it with a vertical line above the previously installed strip. Make sure that the shorter edge is on the inside of the rectangle.
Step 6: Repeat
Repeat steps 3 to 5 to complete all of your beading squares.
Step 8: Caulk if needed
If you notice that your beading or dado rail is coming away from the wall, it may be due to uneven walls. To fix this, apply a small amount of caulk in the gaps and use a clean, slightly wet finger to smooth it out evenly. Make sure to let the caulk dry completely afterwards.
Step 9: Paint
You can now paint everything in your chosen colour. After this, you're free to tidy up and furnish your newly decorated room!
Wall Panelling Key Features
Full-height beading and dado panelling give you the option of having a two-tone colour palette. People are getting bolder with their wallpapers but they can be expensive, with beading you can add wallpaper in between the beading as if framed, allowing you to use small amounts of expensive, luxurious wallpaper that you might not have otherwise been able to. There are also lots of painting options, particularly if you add a dado rail You can paint above and below the dado in different colours or have the beading a different colour to your walls.
The dado and beading are lightweight making them easy to install.
The solid timber dado and beading take well to most adhesives and paints. As such they allow for fantastic possibilities for adding colour and creativity.
Far cheaper than large panels, dado rails and beading are cheaper materials to work with and are ideal wall panelling due to their ability to be produced and shipped cheaply and quickly for fast installation.
The solid timber dado and beading take well to most adhesives and paints, so are great for customising for different projects including bedrooms and hallways. Additionally, wood wall panelling is easy to fabricate and fix with screws, nails or glues.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Traditional Beading?
Beading is a decorative trim also known as moulding. It is known to add character to any space with a simple textured mould.
Where is traditional Beading commonly used?
Traditional beading panelling can be installed in many different rooms. It is commonly put up in hallways, living rooms and reception rooms. It is particularly popular for use in creating wainscoting panelling, which involves panelling just the lower half of the walls.
Can I paint my Beading?
Yes! Just make sure that the adhesive is dry before you start. You could paint it the same colour as the wall, or some people paint it a different colour prior to installing it on the wall
What are Dado Rails?
Dado rails are decorative wooden trims that are installed horizontally along the wall. They are often used above Wall Panelling to create a classic, elegant look.
Do I need Dado Rails if I have Wall Panelling?
While dado rails are not strictly necessary when installing Wall Panelling, they can add an extra element of style and sophistication to your wall and the overall look of the room.
What materials are Dado Rails made from?
Dado rails are typically made from wood, ours are made of Pine Wood.
How do I install my Dado Rail?
Installing dado rails with wall panelling typically involves cutting the rails to size, but fortunately, we do that for you! All you need to do is attach them to the wall with adhesive. You can find instructions on how to install your Wall Panelling Kit and Dado Rail here.
Can Dado Rails be painted?
Yes, dado rails can be painted or stained to match the colour and finish of your wall panelling. This allows you to create a seamless look throughout the room or space. You can also choose the option for us to prime your Wall Panelling Kit and Dado so that it is ready to paint when it arrives to you.
How do I maintain my Dado Rail?
To maintain the appearance of your dado rails and wall panelling, it's important to keep them clean and free of dust and dirt. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the panels and rails regularly, and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools that could damage the wood.