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Wall panelling cost guide

Why install wall panelling?

Bring colour and style into your home by choosing from the huge variety of wall panelling available today. Wall panelling is growing in popularity, with so many options to choose from and can even be made into a room divider.

Although wall panelling is still used to disguise unsightly walls, wiring and other eyesores, it is no longer used to hide damp walls as this typically made the situation worse.

Stainless steel wall panelling is durable and easy to clean, making it perfect for hygienic spaces such as kitchens and hospitals. Read on to learn about wall panelling costs, benefits and important things to be aware of when investing in these beautiful panels.

Wall panelling costs by typeCost + VAT
(Range low - high)
Average cost
Wall panelling cost£25 - £400 per m2£212.50
Oak wall panelling cost£300 - £400 per m2£350 per m2
Bespoke wall panelling£295 per m2
Carpenter hourly rate£20 - £25£22.50

How much does wall panelling cost?

The average cost of wall panelling varies widely due to a number of important factors, which we will go further into later.

In fact, the amount you pay per m2 can vary from £25 – £400, a massive range!

As such, the average wall panelling price is £212.50 per m2.

Common wall panelling materials

Depending on your preference, each material has its own costs and benefits, from durability to style. Therefore, the price you pay will vary accordingly.

  • Composite: Composite panels take on the benefits of their materials including insulation or weather protection. They are mostly sold in sheets and can be beautiful if installed correctly.
  • Wood: These panels have excellent aesthetics due to natural variation in the wood. They also provide strong sound and thermal insulation.  Keep in mind wood panels need to be maintained to retain their natural beauty.
  • Metal: Most often found in restaurants, hospitals and other places where hygiene is essential. Metal panels are easily wiped down and provide a sterile surface.
  • Tile: Usually attached to a board, tile wall panels are mostly found in bathrooms and certain kitchens.
  • Fabric over wood: Offering extra insulation, fabric panels come in stunning colours and patterns. Remember to check the fire safety of any fabric you choose.

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oak wall panelling costBenefits of wall panelling

Depending on the material you choose for your wall panels, you will see a host of benefits including:

  • Insulation
  • Concealing pipes and cables
  • Fantastic aesthetics
  • A multitude of colours, patterns and textures
  • Waterproof, heatproof and weatherproof options available

Factors affecting the cost of wall panelling

When choosing to install wall panels, it is essential you consider the following crucial points before budgeting for your job:

  • Materials: Every material will be priced differently, for example, oak wall panels are very expensive.
  • Size of panels: Larger panels will have a higher price point than smaller options, plus the labour cost will likely increase due to the more difficult, time-consuming installation.
  • Size of area to be covered: More materials and extra labour times mean greater overall costs.
  • Decorative touches: Once your panels have been installed, you will need to pay extra for any finishing touches.
  • Covering up: It may be more expensive to cover wires or pipes as quite often the difficulty of the job will be higher.
  • Location: As with any professional job, your location affects the price you will pay due to varying living costs.

Oak wall panelling cost

Although oak wall panels look incredible and come with a range of benefits, they can be costly. At the higher end of the scale, the average oak wall panelling cost is £350 per m2.

Reproduction wall panelling costs

If you have a very specific look in mind, it is possible to reproduce other styles of wall panelling. You will usually need to pay for bespoke wall panels to replicate a specific aesthetic and these panels do not come cheap.

Another way to achieve your perfect wood panelling is to hire a carpenter to create your vision. Average carpenter rates are £22.50 per hour. On average, reproduction wall panelling costs £295 per m2.

Cost of wall panellingCan I install wall panelling myself?

While it can be tempting to save money and complete any labour yourself, firstly you should consider your ability and experience. Wall panelling can be complex and tricky to get right so it’s important not to rush straight in.

Your wall panelling will also need to be strong enough to hold up radiators, shelves and even door frames. If not installed correctly, this opens you up to accidents, injuries and damaged items.

Without the skill and expertise of a professional, it’s unlikely you will achieve the same high quality, flawless result as you would if hiring a contractor.

As such, we would recommend hiring a professional. To find a local, reputable, tradesperson in your area and get a personalised wall panelling quote use our free search feature.

What can be concealed with wall panels?

You would be surprised by the vast number of unsightly items, damage and utilities that wall panels can cover-up. They are also easy to clean, and it is unlikely you will find a better alternative. Below are some to the things wall panels can disguise:

  • Old fireplaces
  • Pipes
  • Wires
  • Old doors
  • Waterproof membranes
  • Insulation
  • Damaged plaster
  • Stains

Useful wall panelling checklist

  • Wall panels can cover a multitude of sins, brighten up any room and add extra insulation.
  • The wall panelling price varies widely due to a number of factors.
  • Common materials for wall panelling are metal, wood, composite and fabric.
  • Oak and bespoke panelling can be very costly.
  • You should only install wall panelling yourself if you are qualified and experienced.

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