Beadboard Installation Projects For Your Home

If you are looking for ways to add a bit of style to your home without breaking the bank, then beadboard might be a great option. This is an affordable decorative trim that can add some beautiful decorative accents to any room of your home, and it is easy to install as a DIY project! If you are not aware of this decorative boarding, we will explain it below! Read on to find out more about beadboard and its various advantages.

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What is Beadboard?

Beadboard is a thin layer of decorative wood, kind of like a veneer. It can be applied in panels to your walls, adding color, texture, or just surfacing. There are several different types of beadboard available, all with their own different looks and costs. Beadboard can be purchased in varieties, including real wood, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), and paneling.

How Much does Beadboard Cost?

The cost of beadboard varies depending on the type you are trying to buy. The cheapest is paneling, which ranges from around $0.50 to $0.75 per square foot. MDF beadboard usually costs around $1 per square foot, but real wood is much more expensive. This depends on the type of wood – cheap woods like pine will only cost around $1 per square foot, but more expensive woods such as cherry could set you back as much as $22 per square foot!

How to Install Beadboard

Beadboard is easy to install and can simply be nailed into place or glued like any other type of paneling. Exactly how you attach it will depend on where in your house you are putting it – bathrooms and ceilings will need a different approach from hallway walls, for example. 

In general, the tools you will need for installing beadboard include wall adhesive, a nail gun, a jigsaw, a hammer, a tape measure, and some finishing nails.

Kitchen Beadboard Projects

Beadboard is a great and affordable option for kitchen backsplash surfacing. You can use it on its own for a more unconventional look, or you can combine it with tile for a classic look. 

Alternatively, the vertical ridges on beadboard look great on a kitchen island. Beadboard makes for great side panels for your kitchen island, and adding a bit of molding on the corners, and outer edges will add a bit of texture, depth, and visual interest to this central feature of your kitchen. 

Bathroom Beadboard Projects

The bathroom is one of the most popular locations for beadboard decoration, and for a good reason. The raised lines of beadboard help a bathroom to look a bit more characterful than a plain wall, and you can use it wherever you want. Either apply a full panel of floor to ceiling beadboard for a rustic look or use it as a form of trim around specific areas. You can even put panels around your bath or other bathroom furniture, boxing it in and helping to unify it with the rest of the bathroom décor. 

Alternatively, beadboard is a popular material for use on bathroom ceilings. This can be a little fiddly to actually install because you will probably have to do all of the installation work with large panels of beadboard while standing on the top of a stepladder for the entire project, but the payoff will be well worth it in the end. If you are willing to put in a bit of effort, beadboard paneling can bring texture and style to an otherwise featureless area of your bathroom, helping you to achieve the perfect look for your bathroom.

Bedroom Beadboard Projects

The bedroom is one of the best rooms in your house to get started with beadboard installation because it features one of the single easiest possible projects in the entire world of DIY: headboard building. Beadboard is an ideal material to use for a headboard for your bed, and with a bit of molding and trim, you can make your own headboard that looks better than half the commercially available headboard options, all for a fraction of the price. 

If you are looking for something more ambitious than a simple headboard, you could try using beadboard for shiplap wall paneling. Shiplap paneling is a simple type of wall paneling made by turning beadboard on its side, so the ridges go across the wall instead of up and down. This gives a classic vintage farmhouse look to any wall and can help your bedroom feel rustic and cozy. This is an easy way to get a unique style, and all you will need is a nail gun, some spackle, and a few sheets of beadboard!

Getting Started with Beadboard

If you are new to DIY, beadboard is one of the easiest materials to use, and you can get great results easily. Even if you know this, though, the prospect of paneling an entire wall or ceiling can be quite intimidating. It is usually best to start with a small project, such as building a headboard, and work up to larger DIY tasks once you are a bit more confident with the techniques involved.


Beadboard is a great option for bringing a simple, characterful style to your home without having to shell out large sums of money for professional designers or expensive materials. All you need is a few sheets of beadboard, some tools, and some elbow grease, and soon you will be redecorating your home to fit the perfect style of your dreams, all on your own!

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