An interior wood wall can warm the design of a room and serve as an attractive accent wall. It can be installed in a variety of ways, and of course you can use reclaimed wood to add character and ecofriendliness to your wood wall. But it’s not enough to simply know that you want an accent wood wall and to order the wood. If you don’t prepare yourself for how to install that wall, you might end up making mistakes that mar the appearance of the wall or cost you money in the long run. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when installing an interior wood wall:
Getting Wood In the Wrong Size
Purchasing wood — whether you go for new wood planks or reclaimed wood planks — is always an investment. That’s not a bad thing; it’s the case with all remodeling in your home. But no one wants to waste their investment due to a little mistake. If the wood planks you order are too long for the wall, they can be trimmed. But what if they’re too short? That’s why it’s so important to measure every side of the wall thoroughly and exactly so that you know you’re ordering the right size when you go to order your wood planks.
Not Leveling Everything
You can install reclaimed wood planks in an attractively staggered way, or you can paint some boards and leave others unpainted to add some variety to the wall. But you don’t want the wall to look sloppy. That’s what will happen if you don’t level the planks to make sure they’re installed in an even fashion. In fact, it’s a good idea to make sure the wall is level before you start to install the wood planks, rather than simply assuming that it must be level. Using the ceiling as a leveling guide can often lead to discrepancies and an uneven look.
Not Spacing Out the Boards Or Using the Wrong Spacers
At the same time, there will be space in between each board likely, which will be covered with wood filler. This space is very small, and not often noticeable from a distance. Some tutorials will recommend that you use pennies as spacers when installing the wall. However, in the process of drilling and hammering, pennies often fall out, which fails to make them very effective as spacers. It’s better to use a small piece of plywood, a popsicle stick, or a tile spacer to fit in between the cracks.
Don’t bother with newly produced wood planks for your interior wood wall. At Reclaimed Wood Solutions, we offer beautiful reclaimed wood made from railcars and cargo boxes. We’re located in Texas, but we ship throughout the United States. Looking for the perfect wood planks for your interior wood accent wall? Let us help! Contact Reclaimed Wood Solutions today to learn more or to order reclaimed wood planks of your own.