How to Use Wood Flooring as Wall Covering

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How to Use Wood Flooring as Wall Covering
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Wood flooring can be used as wall covering if certain conditions are met. Because wood flooring must be staggered, the base onto which the flooring is installed must be solid. As long as you have the correct tools, techniques and materials, you can expect to install your wood flooring on any wall in one to two days, depending on the size and scope of the project.

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Things you need

  • Plywood
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • Circular saw
  • Finish nailer
  • Tape measure
  • 4-foot hand level
  • Chalk line

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  1. 1

    Mark the wood height for the wall. Most walls look best with the wood at 4 feet high; however, you can select any height you wish. Make one mark in the corner of the wall at the selected height, and transfer that mark at 4-foot intervals using the hand level. Once you have several marks across the wall, snap a chalk line.

  2. 2

    Cut 3/4-inch plywood and install it onto the wall. Attach the plywood using 3-inch wood screws, and space the screws 16 inches apart at the top and bottom of the wall. Make sure that the plywood lines up with the chalk line on the wall. The wood screws should be screwed directly into the wall studs of the wall. Use a stud finder to locate the studs.

  3. 3

    Install the wood flooring onto the plywood horizontally or vertically. Level the first course of wood flooring. For horizontal installation, snap a level chalk line 3 inches off the floor, and begin the first row in line with the mark. For vertical installation, make a vertical mark, using a 4-foot level, 3 inches out of one of the wall corners. If your wood is only 2-3/4 inches, then make the mark accordingly. Follow the mark with your first run of wood.

  4. 4

    Nail the wood using a finish nailer. After the first row has been attached to the wall, gently tap the tongue and groove flooring together, nailing each row as you proceed. Be sure to keep the flooring in line with the top of the plywood on the wall.

  5. 5

    Fill the nail holes of the wood with wood filler, and sand the flooring smooth. Stain the flooring with your choice of stain, and finish off with satin, semigloss or gloss polyurethane finish. Apply chair rail trim to the top of the wood and nail in place using a finish nailer.

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