Barn board feature walls are a great, economical way to transform the look of a space.
Barn board works well in both commercial and residential settings and often adds warmth and character to a space.
It's important to do some research before you purchase barn board to make sure that it is going to meet all your needs. We've shared some more information below to help you when it comes to purchasing barn board.
We keep hundreds of square feet of barn board in stock at our Mississauga Location so clients can pick the perfect material for their feature wall.
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How To Calculate How Much You Need?
Multiply the length and the width of the wall (in inches) you are wanting to clad. divide this number by 144. This will give you the number of square feet needed to clad your wall. You will need to add 10-15% extra to this number to accommodate for waste and offcuts.
Wall Length: 108"
Wall Height: 96"
108 x 96 = 10368 cubic inches
10368 / 144 (number of square inches in 1 square foot) = 72 square feet
72 x 1.15 (15% for waste and offcuts) = 82.8
The amount of barn board needed for a wall this size is 82.8 square feet.
These installation instructions are just guidelines. There are no set rules for installing barn board but we have found these methods to work best.
- Table Saw
- Chop Saw (Mitre Saw)
- Nail Gun
- Caulking Gun
- Box Extenders for outlets (Available at most big box stores).
- Can of black or grey spray paint. This is optional should you decide to paint behind knots and voids.
- Safety Glasses
- Tape Measure
You will also need a few tubes of PL Premium and brad nails. We normally use 4-5 brad nails per board so the total number of brad nails will vary depending on the size of the wall.
1) Set up your chop saw and table saw in a space where you can make some dust. We often set up in the driveway or a garage.
2) We always start at the bottom of the wall (removing the baseboard is optional but often looks best when removed).
3) We always use box extenders for our outlets and light switches for a cleaner look.
4) We try not to use pieces that are less than 12" long.
5) We typically don't spend much time planning what widths will go on which part of the wall. We just try to create a random pattern by not repeating the same width twice while installing.
*If you are local we do offer Installation if needed please contact us at email@example.com
Our Barn Board:
All of our barn board has been reclaimed from barns in Ontario.
All of our barn board has been back planed and side trimmed which makes for an easy install.
Our barn board is all between 36" and 72" long.
The boards come in common widths of 5", 7", 9", 11" and they have all been back planed to approximately 3/4" thick.
All our barn board is sold in pre packaged bundles of 10 boards. The square footage of each bundle typically ranges from 15 square feet to 45 square feet.
Things To Consider:
Before ordering barn board, consider the following:
Did you include a 10-15% waste factor?
Do you have all the proper tools required for install?
Will there be baseboards or crown moulding on the wall?
Are you installing shelves or mounting a TV after you install the barn board?
If so, you should mark where the studs are on the wall before your start installing the barn board.
Do you require a finished edge piece on the end of the barn board wall?
This is only required if one end of your wall is on an "open" wall, meaning you will see the exposed cuts after installed. We recommend cutting a small piece of trim from barn board to solve this issue.
Barn Board Feature Wall Examples:
Brown and Grey Barn Board for a Chalet
Grey Barn Board for an Office
Brown Barn Board for a Bedroom
Grey Barn Board for a Living Room
Brown Barn Board for an Upstairs Hallway
Grey Barn Board for a Living Room
Brown Barn Board Living Room Install
Material: Reclaimed Brown Barn Board
Size: 8' by 8'
Finish: No finish Applied.
Install Time: 3.5 hours.
What we Used
This barn board wall was installed for a client in Ontario. They chose brown barn board because they wanted a nice contrast between the darker painted wall.
We alternated between common widths of 5", 7", 9" and 11" to achieve a random look.