How to Create a Vinyl Plank Accent Wall

An attractive accent wall adds instant warmth and architectural interest to any room lacking personality. This affordable, vinyl plank version is not only easy to make; it's a great way to hide unsightly cords and cables. The best part? When you move out, you can take it with you.

August 14, 2019

Easy DIY Wood Plank Wall 01:12

Learn how to make a temporary wood plank focal wall out of budget-friendly vinyl flooring.

Materials Needed

  • 2”x 2” wood for support strips
  • vinyl plank flooring
  • construction adhesive
  • caulk gun
  • books/bricks for weight
  • utility knife
  • temporary adhesive strips
  • tape measure
  • marker

Plan and Lay Out

Vinyl planks usually come in 4-foot lengths, so we designed this accent wall to be 4-feet wide, too. The "wall" is composed of mini-panels so they’ll be lightweight and easier to hang. The 2”x 2”s support strips along the backside of each panel give you space to run cords and cables down the wall and out of sight. Have the 2”x 2” strips cut to your specs while you’re in the store — they’ll be easier to transport and make the project easier to assemble when you get home. We had ours cut into 18" sections and used four across each panel.

Secure Support Strips

With the tongue-and-groove flooring planks assembled and turned face down, secure the 2”x 2” strips across the back using a heavy-duty construction adhesive. Place books/bricks atop the 2”x 2”s while the glue dries. Allow 6 to 8 hours for the adhesive to fully cure.

Add Adhesive Strips

Use temporary-but-strong adhesive strips to attach the panels to the wall. When it’s time to remove the panels and pull the strips from the wall, they won’t leave telltale damage behind.

Route Cords + Cables

Before you start installing the new accent wall, unplug any electronics and prepare to run cords and cables neatly behind the panels. If necessary, create cut-outs to accommodate outlets using a utility blade.

Stack the Panels

What’s great about this approach is that you can stack these mini panels vertically or horizontally, depending on your space and project design.

Customize as Needed

If creating an accent wall around a large flat screen, you may find it easier to make even smaller panels and install them on either side of the mounting bracket. If you decide to create a cut-out to accommodate a bracket, be sure to add 2”x 2” strips along the edges to provide rigidity.

Looking Good

Once your panels are in place, step back and give yourself a pat on the back. You've created a stylish, affordable accent that transforms a blah wall into something exceptional.

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