How to: 3D Wallboard

By: Katie Trevino

May 31, 2017


3D Wall Installation

(Navajo, Vaal, Indus, Cristales, Madeira, Buffalo, Rhone, Shire, San Juan)

Tools needed: 

• Electric drill
• 100% polyurethane construction glue (3 tubes per 100 Sq Ft)
• Construction glue applicator
• Finishing saw or electric mitre saw
• Jigsaw
• Sawbench
• Laser level or six-foot level
• Measuring tape
• Hammer
• Small Rubber Mallet
• X-acto knife
• Finish hammer
• Stepladder


1.)  Draw a horizontal line at ¾” and another at 1 ¼” from the floor. This line will be your horizontal level guide to install your 3D wallboard.

2.) Trace a level line vertically at ¾” and 1 ¼” from the left and right side of the wall.

3.) Cut a minimum of 8” from the beginning of the panel to create a straight edge to start the wall.

4.) A. On the back of the panel, apply a line of 100% polyurethane glue in the form of a rectangle (about 1” from edges) and an x inside of the rectangle. B. Be sure to apply glue to each of the individual pieces that extend past the panel.

5.) Position the panel at the lower left section of the wall in the adjustment area and the top section of the panel on the horizontal and vertical lines calculated earlier.

6.) Nail the panel in place with 23 nails on the contour lips and on the two bottom rows in angles between wood pieces. Never nail directly on the face of the narrow wood pieces.

7.) Repeat the gluing procedure from step 4. Insert the second panel in the previous one using the horizontal adjustment section. Repeat step 6.

8.) Measure the last panel from the top row of the panel already installed to the adjustment area where installation is to be completed. The jagged piece you will cut will become the first element of the next row.

9.) For the last panel to be installed in a row, draw a horizontal line at ¾” and one vertical line at 1 ¼” from the ceiling.

10.) Cut the panels of the last row to fit within the horizontal adjustment section.

11.) Insert the molding in the reserved space set at the beginning of the installation of the wall panels.

12.) Enjoy your new 3D wall!

3D Wall Installation

(Desna, Gila, Platte, Volta)


Peel and Stick Installation

(Pearl, Lena, Superior, Huron, Caspian)

Tools needed: 

• Miter saw
• Table saw
• Stepladder
• 3” wide rubber roller

Important to remember before installation:

1.) Maintain room relative humidity between 35% and 55% during and after installation.

2.) Always clean the wall surface thoroughly before installation. Any dust or debris on the wall will affect the adhesion of the tape and result in application problems. The surface must be a drywall base, flat, and freshly primed or painted. Do not install directly over a concrete/cement wall.

3.) Always prime or paint the wall as close to the same color as the wall pieces to be installed prior to installation. This will minimize any appearance of space between boards during installation or during a very dry period when the wood will slightly shrink temporarily creating small gaps.

4.) Always open and use one box at a time to ensure an even mix of the various lengths and thicknesses.

5.) Make sure your saw blades are in prime condition.


1.) Start the installation at the bottom left of the wall by drawing a straight line on your wall to reference the first row to.

2.) Before installing each plank, remove the protective film and place the bottom left of the plank first, then carefully press the rest of the plank into place from left to right. Once place firmly, it will be impossible to remove the plank without damaging the wall.

A.) Start your first row with the 7” wide planks and keep the cuts for the next 7” row. Start the second row

B.) Start the second row with the 3” wide planks and keep the cut for the next 3” row.

C.) Start the third row with the 4” wide planks and keep the cut for the next 4” row.

D.) Start the fourth row with the 7” cut from the first row; same thing for the fifth row with the 3” cut and so on.

E.) Repeat.

3.) Firmly roll your 3” rubber roller along the full length of the plank to ensure good adhesion to the wall. It is important to apply enough pressure (approximately 15lbs of pressure) with a movement from left to right and top to bottom to cover the entire plank. The adhesive is activated by pressure. Non-compliance with this important step will result in planks cupping and separating from the wall.

4.) Love your new, unique wall!