Board and Batten Wall

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We needed a solution for hanging our coats and this long wall in our entryway was the perfect solution!


Here are the measurements of our board and batten layout (not to scale).

160.44" (length of wall) - 28" = 132.44"

132.44" / 7 (the # of spaces between the 8 boards) = 18.92"

18.92" spacing between each batten board

Step 1: Remove the bottom baseboard.

Step 2: Attach the .25 x 2 x 4" birch plywood across the whole wall (edges are made to line up with batten to cover lines).

Step 3: Install the new baseboard along the bottom of the wall. (1 x 6" board).

Step 4: Attach the 1 x 4 (3.5) x 8' board to the top portion of the wall for the shelf to lay on (approximately 24.75 inches from top of wall) -> our ceiling is 8 foot.

Step 5: Determine the Batten Spacing. Ex: 8 battens x 3.5" (actual width of the 1 x 4" boards) - 28".

We started our board and batten from our doorway so the doorframe acted as the first row of batten.

Step 6: Install 1 x 4 (3.5) x 8' boards every 18.92" vertically.

Step 7: Install top shelf with 1 x 3 (2.5) x 8' board sideways.

Step 8: Install 1 x 4 (3.5) x 18.7" boards between the vertical boards 10" from bottom of top shelf.

Step 9: Mud areas to fill in board lines. Sand areas with sanding block.

Step 10: Apply primer to wall.

Step 11: Apply paint to wall.

Step 12: Attach hooks to center of second row of batten between each of the vertical boards!

Enjoy your beautiful space!

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  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 07, 2021

    This looks absolutely amazing! Is there ever a problem of bumping into the hooks in this walkway?

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