A Renovation Project You Can DIY: Lining Boards

A Renovation Project You Can DIY: Lining Boards

Natural timber can completely transform your interior, by introducing an organic timber grain to your space. Are you interested in installing a timber feature wall and new to the world of DIY? Or are you a seasoned professional, wanting to show off your skill-set while updating your home? In this blogpost we answer commonly asked questions about installing tongue and groove lining boards.

Firstly, what does “Tongue and Groove” mean?

“Tongue and Groove” refers to the joining of objects together to create a flat surface, like walling boards or flooring boards. The Tongue of one board clicks into the Groove of the next



Who can install tongue and groove timber lining boards?

Glosswood’s boards can be installed by the avid DIYer who has some natural aptitude or by a qualified installer like a carpenter. We recommend reading the Installation Guides to assess the level of competency required.

Why are lining boards a good option for renovating?
  • Lightweight timber
    Glosswood use Paulownia timber which is very lightweight – the 90mm profile lining board in a 3.6metre length is just under a kg!
  • Quick installation 
    Tongue and Groove boards can be installed quickly and efficiently, which is why Glosswood is commonly used in DIY projects and commercial jobs that require a quick turn around.
  • Prefinished boards
    The timber boards arrives on site prefinished, meaning there is no additional sanding or coating required. Some other timber products require additional finishing prior to be installed, which takes time and additional cost.
How are the boards fixed?

The boards are fixed with polyurethane glue and brad pins. The adhesive acts as a primary fixing of the board to the surface, with the brad pins assisting in clamping the board into position while the adhesive cures. Secret-nail the board through the tongue (nails are hidden by the groove of the next board) using a brad gun. With the tongue facing outwards, nail at a 45° angle through the board near the base of the tongue. Refer to the Installation Guides for the full guide to fixing.

Do I nail through the front of the boards?

No, do not face-nail the boards. Nailing through the front of the board will fracture the coating.

Can the boards be installed onto a wall or do I need to batten it off?

For existing walls and ceilings, Glosswood recommends installing the boards onto battens. This provides a straight surface the boards can be installed on to. Boards can be fixed to a flat surface such as rafters, joists, trusses, wall framing (stud walls) or battens attached to masonry walls. Battens must be spaced 450mm apart. If you are a homeowner doing a DIY project and have questions about installation, talk to the Glosswood team or consult a design professional.

When installing, what are some key points to keep in mind?
  • Follow the Installation Guides.
    Whether you are doing a DIY project or a qualified tradesmen, always refer to the Installation & Maintenance Guides which are available on the Glosswood website  and with your order.
  • End-seal the boards.
    The front, back and sides of the boards are prefinished, but the ends are left raw. The ends of the boards and any lengths that are cut to size need to be end-sealed. The Matte boards come with a 250ml tin of Glosswood oil and the Satin boards can be sealed using a clear or tinted product to seal.
  • Off-set the boards.
    By staggering the boards it avoids board joints lining up in a row and creates a balanced look.
Do you have an installation question?

Please contact our sales team with any questions and we’d be more than happy to assist. Email info@glosswood.com.au or call 1300 882 064. With a beautiful timber board, the correct tools and a little bit of patience your home interior will be transformed in no time!



Image Credits

Feature Image: Fairhaven Homes

1. Design: Paul Tilse Architects & Interior Designer Vanessa Hawes

2. Design: Madeleine Blanchfield Architects. Build: Mirvac & Topknot Carpentry.


NOTE: Reading this blogpost does not replace required reading in the comprehensive Installation & Maintenance Guides. Advice is of a general nature and does not take into account individual circumstances.