Installing timber in retail & hospitality

Installing timber in retail & hospitality

Retail stores and hospitality venues frequently use Glosswood to introduce a natural timber grain. Installation is a quick process due to the tongue-and-groove profile and light weight characteristics of Paulownia timber. The boards are easy to install and have a short leadtime for quick turnaround. When installing Glosswood in commercial applications, the below  should be acknowledged:

Consider which finish to use

Glosswood has a range of prefinished natural and modern colours in Matte and Satin finishes. Glosswood’s Matte range is an oil based stain, whereas the Satin is a U.V. cured coating and has a soft sheen appearance. Restaurants and retail interiors commonly choose the Satin finish as it is easy to clean. The Matte finish also has key benefits, as it can be touched up as required.

Above: Designer Lining used in Charcoal.

Select the best profile for the project

The Lining Boards and Designer Lining are suitable for feature walls and ceiling spaces. The lining has a simple application as the boards are a lightweight timber. They also have a short leadtime and can be cut easily on site.¬†The Acoustic Panel range are a great option if noise is a concern in the interior. The Acoustics are supplied as a prefabricated panel for easy installation by the fixer. Ideally the panels arrive on site at the preferred size so the installer doesn’t need to cut the product. It should be noted the Acoustics have a longer leadtime than the lining boards as they are a custom product.

Installing timber on corners

When installing timber on corners of walls, there are multiple installation methods. Common solutions are:

  • Cutting the tongue and groove off the board and joining them together
  • Timber trim
  • Mitring the boards
  • Custom metal trim

Above: Designer Lining in Raw at Hello Kitty cafe.

Product Leadtimes

The lining boards are easy to install with core colours frequently available. The Acoustics are a custom, prefabricated panel and have a longer production leadtime.

Discussing maintenance with the client

Understanding the maintenance is important for both the designer and client, as this may influence which finish is selected. Key considerations include:

  • The type of venue (cafe/restaurant, retail store, events venue).
  • The type of application (walling or ceiling)
  • Whether it is a high traffic area (corner of bar, timber on door)
  • Maintenance commitment from the client.


Above: Jamaica Blue cafe with custom text printed on 90mm Distressed White boards.


Image Credit

Feature Image: Finespun Architecture & Seven Willow Designs

1: Gabrielle Scott

2: Luchetti Krelle

3. Jamaica Blue