How to Install Bathroom Wall Panels

A bathroom with wooden wall panels.

The easiest way to upgrade your bathroom to a fresher and trendier look is to install plastic bathroom panels. They are quick to install, and you can do it yourself. They come in different designs that are modern and stylish that you can choose from. It’s the best way to personalize and make your bathroom unique. You won’t need a lot of construction work before installing it because you can put it on the existing wall as it is. They are very efficient because they are waterproof and low maintenance; they also don’t cost much. Here is how you can install the wall panels in your bathroom.

Measure the Walls

Measure the bathroom walls where you will fit the panels first before starting the installation. Get the vertical and horizontal measurements before you go shopping for the panels. Usually, most walls are rectangular, making them easy to measure. Mostly you will need a tape measure, a notepad to write all the measurements and a friend to help. Measuring is important because you will be able to buy enough or even extra panels to smooth the installation process. After you have all the measurements, you can go ahead and choose the panels you want. Ensure you browse a range of panel designs before you buy the one you like most.

Have the Right Tools

Some of the things you need will come with the installation kit, but there are other tools you will need for the process to be successful. You have to get the required tools: safety goggles, a sharp blade, a caulking gun, a tape measure, and an electric saw. Each of the tools has a different function that makes your wall come together beautifully. Without any of these tools, your work will be a lot harder than it needs to be, so to make things easier for you, find them before you start the installation. People often ignore the sandpaper, but it’s essential; it’s used to smooth the cut edges and surface. It helps the panels stick for a long time on your walls by forming a strong connection with the sealant.

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Before Installation

Clean the walls thoroughly before installing the panels. Whether you are fitting them on top of tiles or painted walls, ensure the surface is clean. It will make the process easy, and the adhesive will be more effective on a clean wall. Remove all the nails or screws on the bathroom wall; the surfaces must be even. You should also consider removing the washbasin or anything that may obstruct the walls. It will give you access to the hard-to-reach places; remove anything that can easily be re-added after installing the panels. Having a clear working place will make the process quicker and easier.

Installation

Get your first panel in position; lay it flat. The front should face up. Mark the cutting lines and use tape to cover the edges when you cut the excess panels to get the intended size. Keep the wall measurements in hand while cutting the panels to avoid making mistakes. The cutting will be easier with the electric saw and remember to wear your safety goggles through this process. After you have cut the panels to the size you want, take the sandpaper and run it along the rough edges. Get the adhesive sealant and use it to fit the panels by adding it to the trim and the edges.

Ensure there is enough sealant on the wall where you want to place the panel, but not too much. Spread the sealant in big circles to spread evenly on the panel and use the zigzag technique on the top and bottom; it gives better coverage. Then, take your first panel, slide it to the corner, and ensure it fits perfectly; then smoothen the panel down firmly to stick. You can use masking tape to avoid a less visible join between panels. Start with a corner and repeat the same process with the remaining panels until you have your new wall. The package kit will come with further instructions; make sure you keep it close.

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A black and white bathroom with Bathroom Wall Panels.

Finishing

When you are done installing the wall panels in your bathroom, ensure every piece is well attached to the wall. Where necessary, you can add some adhesive sealant to help get them in the correct position. Once everything is done and your wall is looking great, give it some time as you clear your working area to create space. It will give your bathroom a complete look; any other products you wish to add will be entirely up to you. The installation process will be over, and you can enjoy your upgraded bathroom.

Final Thoughts

Panels are not hard to install; just a little adhesive sealant, and you are good to go. Pay attention to the instructions and get all the needed tools in advance, and in no time, you will have a fresh-looking bathroom. They are easy to clean and perfect for the bathroom because they are watertight. 

Following the instructions will make the work much easier for you, get the walls ready for installation, and pay attention to the measurements. If the design follows a certain pattern, make sure you pay attention to it when installing the panels so that you don’t mess up the design.

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