How to Install Raised Paneling

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter's level
  • Carpenter's square
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Power miter saw
  • Electric drill
Materials Required
  • New England Classic Paks
    of Panels, Frame,
    Stiles and Casing
  • Construction adhesive
  • 3/4-in.lumber
  • 1 1/4-in.finish nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Finish

Before You Begin

Measure the room and then use the free software or design service at to determine how much material is needed. Then prepare the room by laying out the panels and stiles along the walls to determine how they will be aligned.

Locate any electrical outlets and follow the manufacturer's instructions about having an electrician reposition or remove them. Before you begin installing the wainscoting turn off the electricity to the room. Then follow the manufacturer's detailed instructions to install the wainscoting. Here's an overview of the installation process.

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  • Step 1 : Install the base rail

     Install the base rail

    Begin by installing the baseboard. Use a carpenter's level to adjust the baseboard so it is straight. Any gap between the baseboard and floor can be covered up by the base shoe molding. Installl the style at one end of the wall.

  • Step 2 : Slip panels into bottom rail

    Slip panels into bottom rail

    Slip the panels into the groove at the top of the bottom rail. Apply a few dabs of adhesive on the back of the panels just to hold them in place as you move.

  • Step 3 : Overlap stiles at outside corner

     Overlap stiles at outside corner At an outside corner of a wall, the stiles overlap to form a neat, rounded over edge.

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