Wall Planks Installation

One of the most popular decorating ideas of the last year has been using flooring planks to decorate a wall. You’ve probably seen these ideas on Pinterest or many home decorating TV shows. And whether it is a rustic, distressed barn wood look or a more formal dark wood like mahogany, laminate flooring is an affordable, easy way to go.

You can add creativity and style to any room by placing laminate flooring on an accent wall. In fact, some decorators are even designing walls that mix more than one laminate floor design into a single wall. For example, this photo shows a single wall that is actually made from more than one of our laminate flooring collections.

If you want to spice up a room yourself with laminate mounted on your wall, read below about how to install laminate on your wall. Or you can click here to open and print our installation instructions.

Wall Mounting Installation Instructions

Limited Warranty for planks on walls: When using this product on walls, we warrant to the original purchaser that the planks will not stain, wear or fade when you follow our installation, cleaning and care instructions.

IMPORTANT: Do not open immediately. You must first acclimate your planks for 48 hours. For example, if you buy your planks on a Sunday, you’ll want to install on Tuesday. Place the cartons horizontally (flat on their backs) in center of room where they will be installed.

General guidelines before installing:

  1. Designer Wall Planks should be used as a decorative covering over an existing dry and clean wall that is vertical and that meets local building codes.
  2. Do not mount Designer Wall Planks on ceilings, countertops or as any type of structural material.
  3. Designer Wall Planks must be installed and maintained in a climate controlled indoor room (35%-75% RH and 64-86°F).
  4. For best results, alternate planks from different cartons during installation.
  5. Check wall for flatness of no more than 3/16“ over a 10 foot span.
  6. Check wall for moisture, visible water stains or leaks. Do not install Designer Wall Planks over a wall that has had water damage.
  7. Do not install Designer Wall Planks behind sinks, bathtubs or water features.
  8. These instructions are not intended to supersede federal, state or local building codes, but as with many other interior finish products, may require modifying existing structural components for successful installation.
  9. Owner assumes responsibility for compliance with all building codes.

Tools for installing your new Designer Wall Planks:

  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Polyurethane construction adhesive
  • Stud finder
  • Chalk line
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nailer
  • Miter saw or table saw or jig saw
  • Drill
  • Spacers
  • Level
  • Painter’s tape
  • Safety Equipment (Goggles and Respiratory protection)

 

Precautionary measures if power tools are used:
Follow all manufacturer’s safety instructions and practices when using power tools. The power tools must be equipped with a dust collector. If you encounter high dust levels, use an appropriate NIOSH-designated dust mask. Avoid dust and wood contact with eyes and skin.
First aid measures in case of irritation:
Flush eyes and skin with water for 15 minutes if irritation occurs. Seek medical attention if irritation persists.
Proposition 65 Warning:
This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm.  Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products generates wood dust, a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer.  Use respiratory protection and other safeguards to avoid inhaling wood dust.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTICE FOR MINNESOTA RESIDENTS:

THESE BUILDING MATERIALS EMIT FORMALDEHYDE. EYE, NOSE, AND THROAT IRRITATION, HEADACHE, NAUSEA AND A VARIETY OF ASTHMA-LIKE SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING SHORTNESS OF BREATH, HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS A RESULT OF FORMALDEHYDE EXPOSURE. ELDERLY PERSONS AND YOUNG CHILDREN, AS WELL AS ANYONE WITH A HISTORY OF ASTHMA, ALLERGIES, OR LUNG  PROBLEMS, MAY BE AT GREATER RISK. RESEARCH IS CONTINUING ON THE POSSIBLE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO FORMALDEHYDE. REDUCED VENTILATION MAY ALLOW FORMALDEHYDE AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS TO ACCUMULATE IN THE INDOOR AIR. HIGH INDOOR TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY RAISE FORMALDEHYDE LEVELS. WHEN A HOME IS TO BE LOCATED IN AREAS SUBJECT TO EXTREME SUMMER TEMPERATURES, AN AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO CONTROL INDOOR TEMPERATURE LEVELS. OTHER MEANS OF CONTROLLED MECHANICAL VENTILATION CAN BE USED TO REDUCE LEVELS OF FORMALDEHYDE AND OTHER INDOOR AIR CONTAMINANTS.   IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF FORMALDEHYDE, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR OR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

WARNING! DO NOT MECHANICALLY CHIP OR PULVERIZE EXISTING RESILIENT FLOORING, BACKING, LINING FELT, ASPHALTIC “CUTBACK” ADHESIVES OR OTHER ADHESIVES. PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED RESILIENT FLOORING MAY CONTAIN EITHER ASBESTOS FIBERS OR CRYSTALLINE SILICA. THE PRODUCTS IN THIS BOX DO NOT CONTAIN ASBESTOS.

AVOID CREATING DUST. INHALATION OF SUCH DUST IS A CANCER AND RESPIRATORY TRACT HAZARD. SMOKING BY INDIVIDUALS EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS FIBERS GREATLY INCREASES THE RISK OF SERIOUS BODILY HARM. UNLESS POSITIVELY CERTAIN THAT THE PRODUCT IS A NONASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIAL, YOU MUST PRESUME IT CONTAINS ASBESTOS. REGULATIONS MAY REQUIRE THAT THE MATERIAL BE TESTED TO DETERMINE ASBESTOS CONTENT AND MAY GOVERN THE REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF MATERIAL. SEE CURRENT EDITION OF THE RESILIENT FLOOR COVERING INSTITUTE (RFCI) PUBLICATION “RECOMMENDED WORK PRACTICES FOR REMOVAL OF ESILIENT FLOOR COVERINGS” FOR DETAILED INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS ON REMOVING ALL RESILIENT COVERING STRUCTURES.

Tools you’ll need to install your new wall planks:

 

  • Wall Planks
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Premium urethane construction adhesive
  • Stud finder
  • Chalk line
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nailer
  • Miter saw, table saw, jig saw
  • Drill
  • Spacers

 

Installing your Designer Wall Planks over various surfaces:

 

Our product can be installed over the following wall substrates: drywall, painted drywall, plywood, OSB and cement board. All substrates must be clean, dry, smooth and flat. Do not install over greasy/oily surfaces, loose paint, surfaces with debris or attach directly to concrete block.

Arranging your Designer Wall Planks:

Your Designer Wall Planks can be installed horizontally, diagonally and as a wainscoting.  For best results:

  • Place the planks on the floor prior to installing on the wall.
  • Inspect each plank for damage before installing. Do not install damaged planks.
  • Identify the tongue and groove sides of the planks.
  • Identify the locking system by referring to the pictures below. You will either have a Plastic Clip or a Standard locking system.
  • Plan your design prior to installing on the wall. To achieve the most natural appearance, keep end joints of adjacent rows at least 8” apart.

standard locking system

plastic locking system

Installing Designer Wall Planks horizontally on a wall:

For horizontal installation, you may install a thin sheet of plywood or OSB over existing interior drywall as a mounting substrate prior to installing Designer Wall Planks.   If you install a mounting substrate, be sure that the mounting substrate is secured to the existing wall studs.  If Designer Wall Planks are being installed onto a mounting substrate, it is not necessary for brad nails and blind nails to secure to wall studs.

  1. Remove baseboards from wall and locate the wall studs using the stud finder tool. Mark vertical lines over all studs. (Figure 1)
    horizontal_installation_figure_1
  2. Turn off power to installation area while working around wall outlets and light switches.
  3. Snap vertical chalk lines on the wall along the length of the studs.
  4. Snap a horizontal chalk line on the bottom of the wall to maintain a level installation (for uneven subfloors).
  5. Measure the distance from floor to ceiling and the length of the wall to determine the spacing of the first and last row of a horizontal installation. You may need to cut the first and last rows of planks lengthwise.Open at least three cartons of wall planks to work from.
  6. Working from at least three cartons, arrange planks for desired pattern before installing.
  7. Maintain a 3/8” expansion space around the perimeter of the wall. (Figure 2)
    Check For Levelness
  8. Use up to 1-1/2″ to 2″ long brad nails to ensure that brad nails are secured properly into the wall studs. Ensure brad nails insert completely into planks. Use a set punch for any brad nails that are not flush with the surface.
  9. Use caulk gun to apply a 1/4″ wide bead of polyurethane construction adhesive to the back of individual planks in an “S” shape. (Figure 3)
    horizontal installation figure 3
  10. Standard Locking System only:  Starting from right to left, place the first plank on the wall at the bottom right corner of the wall.  Be sure that the groove side of the plank is facing up and the planks are level with the horizontal chalk line.  Plastic Clip Locking System only:  Starting from left to right, place the first plank on the wall at the bottom left corner of the wall.  Be sure that the groove side of the plank is facing up and the planks are level with the horizontal chalk line.
  11. On the bottom row of planks only, face nail the planks (at the stud locations) in an area where wall base trim will cover nail.  On all rows and the bottom row , blind nail in the grooves of each plank every 16”. Be sure that the back of each plank is affixed directly to the wall without any gaps. (Figure 4)  Do not face nail any planks which are not on the bottom row.
    horizontal installation figure 4 
  12. Complete the bottom row by repeating the glue, lock, nail process. Check bottom row (and each subsequent row) to be sure that the row is level. Make any necessary adjustments.
  13. After completing first row, use a cut plank (minimum of 8”) to start the second row.
  14. Start the second row from the right side if using the Standard Locking System (or from the left side if using the Plastic Clip Locking System). Apply glue to the first plank and install plank by angling tongue into groove of prior row.  Use tapping block as needed.  Blind nail into the grooves of each plank every 16”. (Figures 4 & 5)  Do not face nail second row or subsequent rows.
    horizontal installation figure 5
  15. Using this angle and lock method (with accompanying blind nailing) continue installing planks on the wall. Stagger end joints at least 8” from row to row. Do not use planks shorter than 8.” (Figure 8) A tapping block may be used to assist in locking planks together.
    horizontal installation figure 8
  16. For the last row of the installation, use painters tape to mark the stud location for brad nailing. (Figure 8a)
    horizontal installation figure 8a
  17. If necessary, the last row of planks may need to be ripped with a table saw.
  18. Remember to maintain a 3/8” expansion space between the wall and the floor, the wall and the ceiling, and both adjacent walls.
  19. Use quarter round for inside corners and ceiling. Finish with wall base of your choice. (Figure 9)
    horizontal installation figure 9

 

Installing Designer Wall Planks on a diagonal:

Installing Designer Wall Planks on a diagonal is similar to a horizontal installation (see prior section), except that the entire installation is done at a 45-degree angle from the floor. Simply snap your initial chalk line at this 45-degree angle and proceed. Planks on the ends of the installation area will need to be cut on a 45-degree angle. Remember to maintain a 3/8” gap for expansion.

  1. Install a thin sheet of plywood or OSB over existing wall as a mounting substrate (mandatory for diagonal installations.)  Be sure that the mounting substrate is secured through the existing wall and mounted to wall studs.
  2. Measure the width of your wall to come up with a balanced layout. You may have to cut the width of the first and last rows to maintain a balanced layout.
  3. Measure the width of your starting plank; add 3/8˝ to maintain your expansion space. Place a pencil mark onto the wall at the top and bottom of the starting wall.
  4. Snap a chalk line along the starting wall on the right side at a 45° angle.
  5. Open and sort planks from at least three cartons.
  6. Arrange planks for desired pattern before installing.
  7. Inspect each plank for damage or defects before installing. Do not install damaged planks.
  8. Maintain a 3/8” expansion space around the perimeter of the wall.
  9. Use a set punch for any brad nails that are not flush with the surface of the plank.
  10. Use caulk gun to apply a 1/4″ wide bead of polyurethane construction adhesive to the back of individual planks in an “S” shape.
  11. Place the first plank on the wall such that the side groove of the plank is on the right.
  12. Face nail at the bottom of the plank in an area where trim will cover the nail holes in the plank while maintaining the 45° angle.
  13. On all rows, blind nail in the grooves of each plank every 16”. Be sure that the back of each plank is affixed directly to the substrate without any gaps.  Do not face nail any planks which are not going to be covered by baseboards.
  14. Apply adhesive (in an “S” shape) to the second plank and place the plank on the wall such that the end of the plank can be angled to lock into the groove end of the first plank installed. Complete the first row by repeating the glue, lock, nail process. Check first row (and each subsequent row) to be sure that the row is installed at desired diagonal. Make any necessary adjustments.
  15. Angle the initial plank of the second row into the adjacent plank(s) of the first row and angle the plank into place.
  16. Stagger end joints at least 8” from row to row. Do not use planks shorter than 8”.
  17. Only face nail second row and subsequent rows on the bottom where molding will cover the nail holes. Continue to use adhesive on the back of planks and blind nail every 16” into the groove of all planks as installed.
  18. A tapping block may be used as needed to assist in locking planks together.
  19. The last row of planks may need to be ripped with a table saw.
  20. Remember to maintain a 3/8˝ expansion space.
After you have completed your installation:

To add a finished touch to your Designer Wall Plank installation you may want to add quarter round to the inside corners of the walls and ceiling. Finish the bottom of the wall by installing the baseboard of your choice.

Cleaning and Care
Your Swiss Krono USA Designer Wall Planks are virtually maintenance free.  Normal dusting with a clean, dry cloth should be your primary cleaning method. As needed, you can damp wipe using water only, but never saturate your walls (remember, this IS wood!) Please NEVER use polishes, detergents, abrasive cleaners, soaps, or waxes of any type. 

Hanging objects on the wall:
See the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page on our website.
www.swisskronousa.com/wall-planks-installation/

Installing Designer Wall Planks as wainscoting:
  1. Remove baseboards from wall and locate the wall studs using the stud finder tool. Mark vertical lines over all studs. (Figure 1)wainscoting installation figure 1
  2. Turn off power to installation area while working around wall outlets and light switches.
  3. Inspect each plank for damage or defects before installing. Do not install damaged planks.
  4. Measure the width of your wall to begin coming up with your ideal layout. You may have to cut the first and last planks lengthwise to maintain a balanced design.
  5. Measure the width of your first plank, then add a 3/8˝ to maintain the required expansion space. Use a pencil mark on the wall at the top and bottom of the installation area.
  6. Wainscoting is usually 36” in height. Use a chalk line both vertically and horizontally to ensure that the planks are cut the same length and your installation is straight.
  7. Place first plank against the wall and align at the top to test fit.  Start from the left side with the tongue side toward the wall. (Figure 2a)
    wainscoting installation figure 2a
  8. Use caulk gun to apply a 1/4″ wide bead of polyurethane construction adhesive to the back of individual planks in an “S” shape. (Figure 3)
    wainscoting installation figure 3
  9. Working from left to right, place onto the wall.  Be sure that the tongue faces the left adjacent wall.wainscoting installation figure 4
  10. Adhere the planks to the wall leaving a 3/8″ gap (A) from the corners of the wall and a 1″ gap (B) at bottom. Face nail the planks 1/2” from the top and bottom of each plank to secure to wall. Place nails where the trim will cover. (Figure 4) Ensure brad nails insert completely into planks. Use a set punch for any brad nails that are not flush with the surface.
  11. Use caulk gun to apply a 1/4″ wide bead of polyurethane construction adhesive to the back of each plank in an “S” shape. Then angle the groove over the tongue of the previous plank and angle into place. Tighten joints as needed with a tapping block. Face nail each plank following above instructions.
  12. Finish wainscot accent to the adjoining wall and maintain a 3/8” gap for expansion. This may require the last plank to be cut down the length. (Figure 5)
    wainscoting installation figure 5
  13. Add trim after you have installed all planks. (Figure 6)wainscoting installation figure 6
  14. First install base molding and chair rail.  Complete the installation by trimming vertical edges with corner round or molding as desired. 
Installing around light switches or power outlets:

For best results, use a jig saw or coping saw to cut  planks around openings for power outlets and switches. Remove the outlet and switch faceplates, cut the planks to fit around them, then reinstall the faceplate.  Faceplate may require a spacer or a plastic washer beneath the cover (or a longer screw) to hold the faceplate to the outlet. An outlet or box extender may be used to move or relocate the electrical device closer to the surface of the wall.

Always ensure the power has been de-energized before working on any electrical device.

Always consult with a licensed electrician before moving or relocating any electrical device.

 

Nail Holes:

If you have any nail holes that are not covered by trim, we recommend filling holes with appropriately color matched filler.

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Swiss Krono LLC   
810 Technology Drive
Barnwell, SC 29812
(866) 892-4633
wallplanks@swisskronousa.com

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