Laminate on the wall in the interior is a practical and stylish finishing option that creates coziness in the room. There are several methods of fastening, but the most practical ones are installation on a crate and on glue.
Laying laminate on the wall is made without any difficulties, for this you need only a special tool and extra hands. Aesthetic design with the use of such surfaces has a high degree, they are often used to highlight certain areas in the room in order to give a special mood.
Laminate is considered an expensive and quality product, its installation on the wall is an expensive pleasure. Made from chipboard, the finish is mainly used with wood print, although stone and other natural materials are possible.
In any case, a room with a zone that imitates natural material and contains wood as the main component will have an unusual design and carry the atmosphere that natural elements usually give to design by their presence in the interior. Plastic panels, of course, differ in this respect with their unnatural brilliance and sufficient cheapness.
Facing the walls with laminate is quite whimsical to use and has less practicality than wallpaper or painting walls, so you should laminate the rooms where there will be the least wear for it: in the living room, in the bedroom, in the nursery, in the hallway.
It is not recommended to decorate this material with a bathroom, other wet rooms and a kitchen in areas where the steam from cooking gets.
What is the fastening method to choose?
The method of fixing the laminate to the wall can be vertical or horizontal. To choose the right, you need to know the pros and cons of both methods.
The vertical way to attach laminate is the simplest and will suit beginners. It does not require the use of various tricks, such as the ability to properly insert the side skirting or trim the remains of the laminate in the corners. Here everything is extremely simple, especially since some types of laminate panels are three meters - just enough to sheathe the wall from floor to ceiling.
You can make it yourself or buy ready and also a shortened version - these are small pieces of laminate, lamellae, which can be installed in different sequences. This method carries a variety of possible beating decor from several shades of laminate. Just a little imagination, and you can come up with a unique design.
For example, finishing the walls with laminate in the hallway may look like a combination of light and dark colors - a bold decision, which, however, is quite appropriate for such a room.
Light laminate can be placed at the top and bottom, and the middle can be made dark with darkness in order to achieve a special contrast. And if you apply the technique of small laminate blocks of different lengths (which can be made by simply cutting the existing standard sheet), you get the effect of a curved fence that would be appropriate in the hallway, made in country style with a lot of rattan furniture and flowers in pots .
Lining walls with laminate using horizontal stacking is more practical. If you want it to look interesting, use different options for installing individual panels: a ladder, chess order and others. Such an approach requires professionalism. When the finished work is performed professionally, it looks like a decent stylish option with an interesting texture.
Preparing for fasteners
To put the laminate on the wall, you need a flat surface. On flat walls without plaster, the material should be laid directly on it and fixed with liquid nails. This is the easiest option with maximum savings of time and effort. The method is useful if you live in an apartment (where a priori flat walls), and you wanted to do an express repair. How to fix the laminate on the wall to refresh, for example, the most frequently visited room - the kitchen, hallway or living room? To do this, remove any cover from the base surface of the wall. Then clean and dry it, and then proceed to the finish.
So, in order to most advantageously beat the kitchen design, you should install laminate wood motifs - this will visually make the room more hospitable, because the tree has a cozy warm conversation. If you also separate the zones by completing the working area with a stove in a tile, and the dining area in a tree, you can multifunctionally use the kitchen, including as a full-fledged dining room, and even a chamber living room.
With the adhesive method, it is necessary to dry the walls well. The best base material is drywall. Dry and smooth, drywall will give strength to the structure and will provide safe use of the walls. We must not forget about the gravity of laminate tapes - the material can not withstand the load and collapse under its weight, if the base was not sufficiently prepared and leveled.
But the most frequent and most reliable way is to pre-mount the batten, on which the laminate is mounted on the wall. In this case, the highest reliability of the finished design and the ability to add insulation or noise insulation in the opening between the wall and sheets of laminate is achieved.
Fasten the laminate to the wall
Fastening the laminate to the wall with a batten begins with fasteners slats at a distance of 60 cm from each other. If the design is conceived as a horizontally laid laminate, the crate is attached vertically. Conversely, with a vertical exterior, the slats should be laid perpendicular to the direction of the structure - horizontally. Such installation provides the greatest strength, durability and eliminates the deformation of the material in the future.
The procedure for attaching the batten is as follows
- first you need to make a markup in order to set the bar straight in the chosen direction;
- each timber from which the lathing will consist must be at least 4 cm in order to support the weight of the product;
- using a drill, fix the crate according to the marking, at least every 50 cm;
- begin to lay laminate on the wall.
Facing the walls with laminate after choosing the direction and installation of the batten can be different and depends on the varieties of laminate lamellae. So there are lamellas with a tongue-groove click or lock lock or another type of joint between two lamellae. But any type of lamellae is mounted with the help of clamps or directly to the bottom wall of the groove with a thin nail.
How to lay laminate on the wall with glue in stages:
- removing the old finish;
- alignment of the wall, smearing cracks;
- priming the wall;
- joining several lamellae together with glue with the ends before fixing on the wall;
- attaching the lamella to the wall from the corner to the middle with the help of glue nails, which should be applied to both surfaces: on the wall and on the laminate.
Thus you can install all the elements yourself. It is only necessary to remember that in order to firmly fix the structure, it must be properly treated with glue, and then strongly pressed against the wall and held for 15 minutes for the surfaces to adhere.
For walls suitable laminate stripes of reduced strength - they, as a rule, are an order of magnitude cheaper than a durable and dense laminate, which is installed on the floor. For walls, the thickness can be more minus than a plus, because under its weight the material can be deformed.
For secure fixing, laminate strips should be cut into several pieces so that the finished small beams have a lighter weight and better hold onto the walls. To get an interesting texture of wood decor, you can use several shades of material and alternate them during installation.
Laminate is not resistant to moisture. When the room with the laminate is constantly changing temperature, there is a source of moisture or steam, it will deteriorate. This is accompanied by swelling at the joints of two tapes. Therefore, the finishing of the walls with laminate in the kitchen or on the loggia should be in those areas where these factors are not present or they are minimal.