How to Hang Bathroom Beadboard

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The bathroom beadboard is often an additional accessory that is installed. In the bathroom, beadboard creates separation on the wall which is capped off by a metal strip to form a threshold. This kind of design element is usually only installed in bathrooms that are used the most. You can hand your own bathroom beadboard and the following article will show you how.

Prepare the Installed Trim

Use a small pry bar and carefully insert it between the wall and the trim. Apply leverage and pop the trim from the wall. Continue along the length of the trim until it is completely removed. Place the trim on a work surface and set the router to the same thickness as the beadboard. Shave off 1/4 inch of the trim from the back of it. This will create a clever way to hide the edge of the bathroom beadboard.

Cut the Beadboard

Measure the height of the trim and deduct ¾-inch from the number. Place the measuring tape on the wall and this mark and determine how far up you want the bathroom beadboard to be. Write down this number. Measure the length of the wall. Transfer the measurements to the beadboard and then cut it. Remove the outlet plates and use them as guides to draw the lines onto the beadboard wherever an outlet is present. Use a jigsaw and carefully cut out the piece.

Test Fit

To make sure the beadboard looks nice, it has to be plumb (level along the top and sides). Place the beadboard in place on the wall. Hold it in place and make sure it fits over the outlets. Check to make sure it is plumb using the level.

Installing the Beadboard

Place the trim back on the bottom of the wall and install it using small finishing nails. Put the bathroom beadboard on top of your work surface. Cut the top off of the construction adhesive and insert it inside the caulking gun. Apply the construction adhesive to the back of the bathroom beadboard in an “S” or a zigzag pattern. Place the adhesive about ¼-inch from the edges. Allow the adhesive to cure for a minute and then place the beadboard on the wall. Slide the bottom into the routed trim until it is even. Press the beadboard against the wall and then apply even pressure along with the bathroom beadboard. Find the studs and then nail the bathroom beadboard in place.


Nail the corner molding piece in place and paint or stain the bathroom beadboard. You can now install the cap rail. Place the cap rail on top of the bathroom beadboard. Slide it all the way to one end and mark the excess and then cut it. Place a thin line of construction adhesive along the top edge of the bathroom baseboard. Press the cap rail in place.