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How to Make Raised Panel Wainscoting

In addition to adding depth to the wall and enhancing the character of a room, wainscoting serves a functional purpose. The addition of wainscoting panels provides an additional layer of support on the wall, making the wall more durable and better able to withstand damage from children and pets.

Wainscoting serves a functional purpose.
  1. Decide on the wall height for the wainscoting, keeping in mind that the length of the panels should be greater than the height. Measure from the floor up to the desired height. Make a mark with a pencil and use a level to draw a guiding line.
  2. Measure the length of the wall. Locate studs in the wall and mark them off with small pieces of construction tape. Use a miter saw to cut the wainscot panels to the same length as the wall.
  3. Place a board along the pencil line. Nail the board into the studs with the nail gun.
  4. Place a board near the floor, just above the baseboard on the wall. Make sure it lines up evenly with the top board. Nail the board into the studs with nail gun.
  5. Determine the size you would like the wainscot boxes to be. Measure the entire wall in inches and divide that number by the width you decided on for the boxes to determine the number of boxes that will go on the wall.
  6. Cut the vertical boards so that they are the necessary length. Place a vertical board in the corner and mark just above the board as a point of reference. Measure 1 inch to the right of the board and mark a point. Place the vertical board at that point and repeat steps across the length of the wall until you reach the other corner.
  7. Go back to the first corner and secure one of the vertical boards in place with the nail gun. Repeat with the remaining boards until all boards are attached to the wall. Repeat all of the steps above for the rest of the walls. Butt the two boards together where they meet at the corner before securing with additional nails.
  8. Use the level to measure all of the panels around the room to make sure they are even.

Things You Will Need

  • 1-inch-by-4-inch pine lumber panel
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Construction tape
  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Nails

Tip

  • Begin installing wainscot on sections of the wall with high visibility and finish the installation in a less visible section.

About the Author

Delialah Falcon has been writing professionally for eight years. With extensive experience in all aspects of both technical and creative writing, Falcon specializes in content writing, research, proofreading/editing and health/medical journalism. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dowling College and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health.

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