How to Calculate Costs for Interior Wall Paneling

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What You'll Need
Tape measure

Interior wall paneling can add a genuine touch of class to any room. Nowadays, even inexpensive paneling looks good and often appears to be more expensive than it actually costs. Some people prefer to have an entire wall paneled while others go for either wainscoting or smaller paneling that only comes waist-high. Establishing how much it will cost to panel a wall isn’t particularly difficult. You can work out the cost in just a few minutes with some simple calculations once you know which type of paneling you'll be using.

Measure Your Wall

Since the cost for interior wall paneling is given in square feet, you will initially need to know how many square feet of paneling you’re going to need for your job. With the tape measure, measure the length and height of the wall you want to cover. For example, the area you need to cover may measure 15 feet by 10 feet. Multiply them together to get the total square footage of the wall.

You’ll need to remove any area the paneling won’t cover, such as areas where there might be a door in the wall. Measure the height and width of the door frame in feet. Multiply the figure together and subtract from the total wall area.

With wainscoting, where you’ll only be covering part of the wall, measure the length of the wall and the anticipated height of the wainscoting. Multiply the 2 numbers together to determine the square footage of wainscoting that you’ll need.

Select Your Paneling

Knowing how much interior wall paneling you’re going to need is a great start to producing the perfect paneling project. Next, you will need to select the type of paneling you wish to use in the room. Rather than simply go for the cheapest paneling, try to establish what type of material will best suit your room.

Shop around, comparing prices in different stores and also online. You might find large variations in prices between different vendors.

Cost of Paneling

Once you know which interior wall paneling you want to use, you can easily work out how much it will cost you. Using your calculator, multiply the price per square foot of the paneling by the square footage of the wall. This will give you the total price for the paneling.

Other Costs

You should be aware that the cost of the interior wall paneling itself isn’t all you’ll end up paying out for. There will be other costs involved, too. The paneling has to be attached to the wall. How you’ll do that depends completely on the type of interior wall paneling you’ve selected. You will need to find out the best way to attach the paneling then look at the cost of materials for carrying out the task. This could include paneling nails, glue, or any other items that can be used for fixing. Work out how much you’ll need for the job and add that amount to your total

You may also need the trim on the wall, especially if they aren’t completely square. This figure will also include a new baseboard. This will involve selecting the appropriate trim and adding the cost to your total as well allowing for the cost of whatever you’ll need to attach the trim to your interior wall paneling.

When you’ve finished, add all these figures together to determine the total cost for your interior wall paneling.