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How much is wall panelling? 2023

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When it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your interiors, wall panelling stands out as a popular choice among homeowners and interior designers alike. However, one pertinent question that arises is, “How much does wall panelling cost?” In this article, we delve into the various factors that influence the cost of wall panelling, offering a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision.

In this guide on the cost of wall panelling, we will cover the following subjects.

How much does wall panelling cost in Ireland?

ServiceCost Range (€)Average Cost (€)
Wall Panelling (per m²)60 – 460260
Oak Wall Panelling (per m²)116 – 521320
Bespoke Wall Panelling (per m²)340 – 400340
Wainscoting (per m²)58 – 460260
Carpenter Hourly Rate30 – 5540
Decorating (primer, undercoat & gloss) (per hour)30 – 4035
An overview of the estimated costs for various wall panelling types and related services in euros, providing a clear comparison to aid in budget planning and decision-making.
Infographic showing the converted costs of various types of wall panelling and related services in euros, including average prices for standard wall panelling, oak wall panelling, bespoke wall panelling, wainscoting, carpenter hourly rate, and decorating costs.
walll panelling in white with door open

Why install wall panelling?

Installing wall panelling is not only an aesthetic measure but also a protective one, Traditionally the panelling would protect walls from damage by creating a cover over the lower sections that would be scuffed or kicked. In more recent years, wall panels have been designed in varying styles, with their aesthetic feel being the primary factor.

abstract coloured wall panels

Common wall panelling materials

The most common wall panelling material to date is wood. But essentially any covering would work for panelling.

Some of the most popular wall panelling materials are natural wood panels, MDF Panels, Upholstered Panels, PVC Panels and Glass And Mirror Panels.

wall panelling in a retrofit house in dublin

What affects the cost of wall panelling?

  • Material Selection: Each material comes with its own price tag; for instance, oak wall panels tend to be more expensive.
  • Panel Size: Larger panels generally come at a higher price point compared to smaller options. Additionally, the installation process may be more challenging and time-consuming, resulting in increased labour costs.
  • Coverage Area: The size of the area to be covered will impact the overall cost, as it will require more materials and additional labour time.
  • Decorative Enhancements: After the panel installation, any additional decorative touches will incur extra expenses.
  • Concealing Infrastructure: Concealing wires or pipes may increase the cost, as these tasks can be more challenging and time-intensive.
  • Location: Similar to any professional service, pricing can vary based on your geographical location, considering factors such as living costs.
  • Wall Types: Different wall types may require specific installation techniques and materials, which can affect the overall cost.
Modern wall panelling in a contemporary lounge with large glass windows, sofas and coffe table

Types of wall panelling

In 2022 the popularity of wall panelling as an interior design choice skyrocketed.  The most commonly selected styles are:

  1. Beadboard: This style features narrow, vertical wooden planks with a distinctive groove or bead between them. It creates a classic, cottage-like look and is commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens.
  2. Shiplap: Shiplap panels consist of horizontally mounted wooden boards with a slight gap between them. This style gained popularity for its rustic and coastal charm, often used to create a farmhouse or beach house aesthetic.
  3. Wainscoting: Wainscoting refers to the application of panelling on the lower half of the wall, typically covering the lower third or half. It can be made from various materials like wood, MDF, or PVC, and is often used to add elegance and character to formal spaces like dining rooms or foyers.
  4. Raised Panel: This style features panels with raised or recessed sections, creating depth and visual interest. Raised panelling is commonly seen in traditional or formal interiors, adding sophistication and architectural detail.
  5. Flat Panel: Flat panelling consists of large, flat panels that cover the entire wall surface. It offers a sleek and modern appearance and can be made from different materials such as wood, metal, or composite materials.
  6. Modern 3D Panels: These panels feature three-dimensional patterns or textures, adding depth and visual intrigue to the wall. They come in various materials like MDF, PVC, or gypsum and are popular for contemporary and avant-garde designs.
  7. Fabric or Upholstered Panels: Instead of traditional wood or composite materials, fabric or upholstered panels provide a soft and luxurious look. These panels are covered with fabric or padded materials and are commonly used in bedrooms or lounges to create a cosy atmosphere.
  8. Reclaimed wood panels use salvaged or recycled wood from old structures, giving a unique and weathered appearance. They add warmth, character, and a rustic touch to any space.
Image of slatted wall panelling in a modern lounge with sofas and a living room table

Are there cheaper options?

The cheapest way to have wall panelling installed is to purchase pre-made panels and install them yourself.  As a precision joinery, we do not encourage this approach. Although you will save a small amount of money, the finish will be nowhere near the same as if done by a professional.

How to get a wall panelling quote?

If you are looking to breathe fresh life into your home and have decided wall panelling is the direction you wish to go, then obtaining a quote could not be simpler.

Simply contact us by clicking here, or ring us on 085 228 0690

Can I install wall panelling myself? 

Although possible with the correct tools and persistence, it’s not advisable. Carpentry and joinery are disciplines that take a lifelong career to perfect and to assume that you will get the finish that you desire with no experience may leave you a little underwhelmed at the finished result.

What’s the average cost of wall panelling?

image of wall panelling in a lounge with a chair and two lights

The average cost of wall panelling is very dependent on what panelling you intend to use and of course how you intend to install it. For wall panelling that is designed, manufactured and fitted, a good rule of thumb is a price bracket of 120 – 150 per square metre.

Is panelling a wall expensive?

wall panelling in empty room

In comparison to painting a wall, yes panelling would be a more expensive choice. But there are many options available to you when choosing how to wall panel, if you looking for the most cost-effective option, then buying premade panels and learning to fit them yourself would reduce the cost considerably. The only drawbacks of a DIY option are you will not get the flush, and perfect finish that a professional could offer.

Is wall panelling a good idea?

wall panelling in a large room with sofa

Wall panelling is fast becoming one of the most sought-after interior design trends of 2023, in 2022 it was the most searched interior design product. Based on this alone, it’s easy to ascertain that most people would consider wall panelling a good idea.

Wall Panelling Dublin

A firm favourite in Ireland at the moment is the reinvigoration of wall panelling, although it’s always been one of the first choices for the 30+ market now millennials are starting to appreciate wall panelling too,  it’s actually on track to be the largest trend of 2022.

Brightstar Joinery has helped countless homeowners achieve their dream homes by assisting in their home improvements.

If you’re considering buying wall panelling or would simply like an idea of the cost, then contact us today.

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