How to Install Closet Cedar Lining

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Prybar
  • Putty knife
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nail Set
  • Rule
  • Plane
  • Level
  • Combination Square
  • Miter box
  • Chalk line
  • Caulk
  • Wire clothes hanger
Materials Required
  • Cedar planks
  • Panel adhesive
  • Caulk

Before You Begin

You get the most complete protection by covering all the surfaces in the closet with cedar. To find how much cedar you'll need, measure the width and height of each wall and then multiply the numbers together to find the area. Multiply the length and width of the ceiling and add the wall and ceiling areas together to find the total amount of cedar needed. Cedar planks are 1/4-inch-thick tongue-and-groove cedar boards, sold in packages that cover about 10 square feet. Manufacturers package their cedar planks in different configurations, so check the package for the square foot coverage. You will also need a tube of panel adhesive for each package of planks.

Lay out material

To acclimate the planks to the climate of the room, open all the packages and place them flat with spacers in between the planks so air can circulate around them. Let them adjust to the room humidity and temperature for a few days.

The cedar planks can be installed with panel adhesive. This technique places the planking directly on the wall and ceiling and allows the most space inside the closet. If the closet walls are very rough or the wallboard or plaster is not structurally sound, then furring strips must be used to support the cedar planks. In this case, you're better off removing the old wall surface and install the furring directly to the studs. This is a job best left to a professional.

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  • Step 1 : Prepare the closet

    Empty the closet of everything stored inside and remove any hardware. This includes shelf brackets, hooks and baseboard wall trim. If these shelves or brackets are mounted to the wall studs, mark the location of the studs on the ceiling so you can reinstall the brackets on the studs after the walls are covered with the cedar planks.

    To remove the base shoe, which is the small rounded piece of molding against the floor, push the blade of a putty knife behind the base shoe to protect the wood. Then use a screwdriver or small pry bar to work the base shoe away from the wall. Don't pry up on only one end, work down the molding, gradually forcing it away and eventually off the wall. Use the same procedure to remove larger piece of base molding attached to the wall. Save the trim to reuse or plan to buy new trim and replace it.

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