Easy install planks are designed for the DIY home decorator in all of our current Color Trend Palette finishes. They are 3.5 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick x 4 foot long in distressed pine and packaged in 35 sq. ft. boxes. Easy install planks in the Vista collection are also available in smooth engineered oak. All of the easy install planks are easy to handle, easy to cut, and easy to install.
Easy Install Planks can be installed over existing interior architectural materials such as drywall, plaster, old wood paneling, outdated / ugly wallpaper or tile. They’re great for your upcycling projects to give new life and high style to items such as old headboards, furniture, kitchen islands…the uses are only limited to your creativity and imagination!
Easy Install planks can be applied in a variety of ways including staple guns, brad nails, 3M VHB tape, contractor adhesive caulk glue, or electric or air driven pin nailer. Please see our installation guide for ideas that best fit your application.
ORDERING DIY WALL AND CEILING PLANKS
Is it possible to order a sample?
Yes! After receiving your samples, choose the product and finish you want, then place your order. Your sample cost will be credited toward your order, making your samples free! You can create your own sample pack with different finishes or duplicates of the same finish. Browse samples here.
How do I calculate the number of square feet needed for my project?
Each plank wall product is packaged in 35 sq ft boxes. Here's how to figure out how many boxes you need.
The math is pretty simple for most rooms and walls.
1. Measure the area to be covered in inches
2. Multiply Width x Height
3. Divide by 144 to convert to square feet
4. Add 10% for expected waste
5. Divide total by 35 and round to next whole number to determine number of boxes to order
1. Wall 145 inches long x 96 inches high
2. 145 in. x 96 in. = 13,920
3. Divide 13,920 ÷ 144 = 96.67 Square Feet
4. Multiply by 1.10 and round up to the nearest whole number = 107 Square Feet
5. Divid 107 Sq. Ft. ÷ 35 and round up to nearest whole number = 4 boxes
For this example, you would order 4 boxes (35 square feet each)
How much waste should I allow for when ordering?
10% for a standard rectanular shape. 15%-20% for triangular shapes.
Can I mix and match Color Trend colors in my box?
Although we don't mix colors in each box, for a standard-sized project you can often achieve the same result by purchasing boxes of different colors and mixing them yourself.
DIY EASY INSTALL PLANK INSTALLATION
How do I store the planks before installing?
Store the planks in a cool, dry environment and away from direct sunlight.
Do you provide installation guides?
Yes. Please see our plank installation guide.
Are there any videos to help with installation?
Please see our installation video here. Please refer to the written installation instructions on our website if you have any questions or concerns. We are also available by email or phone if further clarification is needed.
How are easy install planks installed?
Easy Install planks can be applied in a variety of ways including staple guns, brad nails, 3M VHB tape, contractor adhesive caulk glue, or electric or air driven pin nailer. Please see our Installation Guide for ideas that best fit your application. Installation is easy and most of our customers find the process therapeutic and not difficult. If installation is not for you we suggest you locally source a handyman to do the work. Note: The shiplap and tongue & groove items are finished on contractor grade, common building materials and are intended and recommended for professional installation only.
Do the planks vary in length or do I need to cut them myself?
All of our products come in standard lengths (see product description on website) and can also be cut to size. It is also suggested any imperfections that are offensive to you can also be cut out to satisfy the look that you are trying to achieve just as you would with any traditional wood wall component.
Do planks have to be installed tight or can they be adjusted for a gap?
It's your choice! To install with a gap, just use a spacer of your choice when applying the material to the wall.
What is the surface prep?
Please make sure your surface is clean of any dust or debris prior to installing. We also recommend installing in a dry environment. If using adhesive, allow the proper time to set and achieve full permanence. See our InstallationGuide for more information.
Do I need to paint the wall before applying?
The rustic nature of our wall planks can result in small gaps where the back wall may be visible. We recommend painting your surface a darker complimentary color prior to application. If you decide to paint the wall, use a non-glossy paint and allow to cure for at least 15 days before installing by peel & stick application. If you are installing the shiplap or tongue & groove, you can apply using construction adhesive or finishing nails, as soon as the paint has fully dried (at least 24 hours).
Can I hang mirrors and artwork on the planks?
The planks are not load bearing. Wall decor like mirrors, pictures, shelfs, etc., can be mounted by drilling through the planks to the wall and ensuring that the underlying wall provides sufficient support (wall studs). Use proper hardware to install any wall decor.
Can easy install planks be installed on ceramic tile?
Yes. We recommend doing a test area with the appropriate adhesive or VHB double sided tape.
Can easy install planks be installed over wallpaper?
Yes, provided that the wallpaper is clean and firmly bonded to the wall before applying the planks. Installation with adhesive or tape over embossed or textured wallpaper is not advised. Use an alternative installation method or remove this type of covering and thoroughly before installing planks.
Can easy install planks be used as flooring?
No. Easy install planks are not designed to be used as flooring.
What kind of textured walls will the panels adhere to?
It is recommended that all walls be tested with a sample prior to full installation. Heavily textured walls will require a skim coat application or sanding and scraping prior to installing planks. Less textured walls should not require additional prep work.
Can easy install planks be installed directly over drywall?
Yes. First insure that the drywall is flat, dry, clean, and structurally sound before installing planks.
Can easy install planks be installed directly to the studs and skip the drywall step?
Our commercial tongue & groove items can be installed directly to studs. The surface behind the planks will not be visible. However certain municipalities still require drywall in order to meet local building codes.
Can you put this product on a door?
Can I apply planks to a ceiling?
Yes. Use 18 gauge finish nails every 16" on both sides of the plank to further secure the planks to ceilings.
Can I apply it to a fireplace or near heat?
Follow local code. As long as the immediate surrounding of the fireplace opening is nonflammable planks can be installed on the sides of that, around and above.
Do I need to seal it if I use it as a backsplash? What kind of sealant can I use?
Yes. However, we don't recommend it be used as a backsplash if standing water will be present. If you are concerned with exposure to water, many customers have applied a polyurethane coat to seal the wood. It is important to be sure that your wall does not currently exceed 9% moisture content before installing. If possible, let your walls dry out for several days before installing and after installing. Be sure that you allow the material to acclimate outside of the box and wrapped for 72 hours in the room you will be installing.
Can I use easy install planks outside?
Planks are designed for interior use only and should not be installed outside. For outside applications contact us for options.
How long will peel-and-stick application stick?
Provided that the product was installed according to instructions and the surface was properly prepared, the adhesive should last at least ten years, in most cases well beyond that.
What should I do if my material arrives damaged?
Do not open the package. Take a photo of the damaged area and contact us immediately.
Will the planks hold up in high humidity locations without warping or changing?
Planks should not be installed in high humidity areas like saunas and full baths. The product is 100% wood and humidity above 55% could raise the grain and expand the planks. Installation in half bathrooms should be fine as long as there is not exposure to excessive steam.
Can it be used in an arid climate?
Planks are a real wood, natural item. In environments that cause a rapid loss of moisture, shrinkage can occur. We recommend allowing the material to acclimate outside of the box and wrapped for at least 72 hours in the place you will be installing it.
What routine maintenance is required?
Our easy install planks are a low to no maintenance product. As with all wood products, there will be a slight color change over time especially if exposed to direct sunlight.
How should I clean this product?
Dust with a soft cloth or vacuum using a soft brush attachment. Some liquid cleaning products will stain some of the wall finishes. We advise cleaning an area in a non-conspicuous space before using it over the whole area.
Are easy install planks removable?
When removing planks from the wall, damage can occur to the wall below depending on the installation method used. Please take this into consideration when deciding which installation method to use prior to installation. Please see the Installation Guide.
Do you offer a warranty?
Please see Terms & Conditions.
TECHNICAL & PRODUCT INFORMATION
What is the maximum heat the adhesive on the peel & stick tape installation will withstand?
The adhesive on the peel & stick tape has been tested up to 140 degrees F.
What is the length of the easy install wall planks?
All planks are 48 inches long.
Is matching trim available?
Yes. Matching trim is available for all our products. Please contact us to discuss trim options.
Is a touch-up kit available?
Architectural Radiance products are a unique blend of wood, coatings, and metals. An invisible repair that matches that effect is very difficult, if not impossible. The best solution is to order slightly more material than you need and retain planks to use as replacements.
Is the wood kiln dried?
Yes due to the quality and uniqueness of our finishes it is very important to have a dried finish ready wood substrate.
Where does the wood used for wall & ceiling planks come from?
Our wood is sourced in the US within a 300 mile radius of our plant for our wood wall and ceiling items.
Is your wood kiln dried?
Yes due to the quality and uniqueness of our finishes it is very important to have a dried finish ready wood substrate.
How is your facility eco-conscious?
Most of our process is automated for efficient use of materials and energy. We also have plant-wide implementation controlling our waste through recycling and reclaiming in all areas possible.
How do we know old wood is safe, free of lead, DDT, creosote?
Architectural Radiance uses only new wood, free of lead, DDT, creosote, insecticides and pesticides. Many of our competitors used recycled product which can be unsafe and dangerous if not processed correctly. We also feel we offer better quality control and a more stable/sustainable look for our product using fresh sourced wood.
Why is wood eco-friendly?
The majority of our product line uses fast-growing soft pine. Don’t take our word for it, research it! It’s a great fast growing, abundant resource that is easy to use and can be recycled in the future.
Can I recycle these planks?
Yes, absolutely. If you use the correct application method, the easy install wood planks can be recycled.
Are your products free from chemical and insect contamination?
AR uses only new wood, free from lead, DDT, creosote, insecticides and pesticides.
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to chemicals, including wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood