Solid timber panelling provides the perfect pallette with which to transform a dowdy wall or ceiling into a feature of great warmth and character, whilst being cost effective and easy to install. It’s wonderful to see the stunning effects you can obtain by incorporating timber features into the architecture and design of buildings
Similarly, it is an ideal product for furniture backers, doors, insert panelling and open back displays.
Panelling comes in complete sheets, in a variety of widths and lengths.
Panels can come as a plain sheet, in ply, particle board or medium density fibre board (MDF). These sheets may be grooved to create a lining look, and be raw or veneered. The join between lining boards is “invisible” as it forms part of the pattern, whereas when more than one panel is used, the join is visible and sometimes a filler, joiner or cover strip is required at the join.
Both linings and panelling come in raw or pre-polished forms. The raw form provides a greater range of options in terms of stains and polish to choose from whereas the pre-polished form offers a quicker installation time.
Panelling provides a low cost finish to any wall or ceiling which can still be inspirational and hide an otherwise ugly finish.
In its lowest cost form, it comes as a 2440 mm x 1220 mm (8′ x 4′) sheet of Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) or Luan Ply 3 mm thick, which can be used for internal cladding of a stud framed or solid brick or stone wall. These sheets can be painted or clear lacquered to protect them and create the appearance that you desire. Alternatively, they can be clad with a layover product such as Bambuzit compressed bamboo, or in the case of MDF, purchased with a melamine finish in white or black.
Alternatively, there is what is often referred to as random grooved ply. It is 3.6 mm thick and covered with an embossed thin veneer coating. It is available in a range of solid timber like finishes and requires no painting or polishing. It normally incorporates longitudinal grooves and uneven spacings to create the look similar to that achieved with lining boards. But, if a plain surface is required, it is also available without these random grooves.
If a greater rigidity is required from these sheets due to distance between supports (studs) or intensity of wear, the thickness can be increased in the case of ply, particle board and MDF. Otherwise, additional supports must be used and/or the thinner sheets laid over a board available in the thicker size required.