We use a product called Ply Bead, which we can always find at Home Depot or Lowe’s in the same aisle with the plywood & MDF. It varies a little, but runs about $25 per sheet. It’s a big chunk to spend (we used 14 sheets in our living room) but lends more than just looking good. Since I live in a mobile home, it also gives me the additional bonuses of better insulation on my walls making my home more energy efficient, and it gives me sturdy walls to hang basically anything I’d like. (Dude… it’s HARD to hang stuff on flimsy mobile home drywall!)
Ply bead has a tongue and groove feature, where one side is recessed (like in the photo) and the other side has a lip. The top and bottom and simply straight, so it goes together in an interlocking fashion. Notice the gap in the wall? That’s what the wall behind those pesky strips in manufactured homes looks like. The great part of the strips is that it shows you exactly where the studs are, and a full sheet of drywall is the same width as a full sheet of ply bead, making it easier to figure out your layout. We install the ply bead right on top of the drywall.
We use screws in the corners of the ply bead to make sure it’s safe & secure. Notice how he pulled it up off the floor just a bit? That wall is about 102 inches tall, which is about 6 inches more than 8 ft. The sheets we use are 8 ft. tall, so we pull it up off the floor just a little, then cover up the difference by using shims beneath and covering it all up with 6 inch trim on the bottom (aka base boards) and 4 inch trim on top (aka crown molding.)
After putting the screws in the corners (which will be hidden by the trim), then we use a nail gun to use pin nails to secure it to the wall along the studs from top to bottom.
The second piece overlaps just a bit, to make the tongue and groove action do it’s magic. Then rinse and repeat with all of the screws and nails. To make holes for electrical outlets, we measure out where it needs to be, then cut it out by using a jigsaw.
(another quick peek at the tongue and groove action)
So… that’s how we hang our bead board walls. It may or may not work for you. We love this method (which is why we’ve used it in 90% of our home) – but if you have good smooth dry wall to start with, then I highly suggest using the bead board wall paper method, too.
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*Disclaimer* I am not a building expert, these are my sole opinions and experiences.