DIY Plank Wall in a Bedroom

Using reclaimed wood or pine planks is a great way to add character to any room, but in this feature we look at plank walls in a bedroom.




There are various materials you can use to add a plank wall to a bedroom. Reclaimed wood or pine planks can be sourced or bought at your local Builders, but there are many other options.



If you are wanting to clad an entire wall or more with planks and then paint this, you could consider using 3mm MDF or hardboard / Masonite planks. An entire sheet of thin MDF will cost around R400, and you can have the sheet cut into planks - either full or designed length - for easy installation.

Since most projects shown you how to nail these to the walls, and drywall is not a common building method here in SA, the next best method for fastening your planks to the wall would be using an adhesive such as No More Nails or construction adhesive. These adhesives have a thick consistency that has a fair amount of 'tack', which means the adhesive will hold lightweight panels onto the wall without any assistance.




However, if you want to replicate the look of a genuine plank wall you could always pop in some small panel pins here and there to add the look of a nailed plank.

Where walls and joins along the ceiling are not straight, as is the case with most homes, finish off with a strip of moulding or pine to cover up any gaps.

If you are painting the planks, add a couple of coats to the panels themselves before mounting onto the wall. Once affixed, apply a final coat of paint to finish off. It is also important to use a quality, washable paint that will allow you to clean the wall from time to time.

Not only does a plank wall become a feature and add detail to a room, it's also an affordable way to hide ugly walls. Let's be honest, not all walls are smooth and free from defects. Textured plaster, filled holes, hairline cracks that keep coming back - all these can be covered up out of sight.


For a small wall, or an area where you want to create a feature, cutting planks at an approximate 30-degree angle adds a nice touch.




If you plan on using reclaimed wood for a plank wall, check that the wood itself is free from any insect or fungal infestation. If you need to treat wood before use, Woodoc offer a Wood Reviver that can be used on blackened wood.

Marine plywood with a 3mm or 6mm thickness might cost more than alternatives, but you can use different stains to replicate a reclaimed plank wall that is light enough to mount with ease.

As with using MDF or hardboard / Masonite, use No More Nails or construction adhesive to attach wood planks to walls. Thicker planks may need support to hold them against the wall.

Even if you decide not to add planks to the entire wall, even a small area with plank cladding can turn a ho-hum bedroom into a contemporary space.