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How to Choose the Right Beadboard for Your Home

By: James Abbey, July 16, 2015

Those seeking to maximize the value and appeal of their property should take note: beadboard is among the most popular and sought-after interior features, adding easy but appreciable elegance to any given room. With just a few easy tips and considerations, it is easy to add these value-boosting features to your home.

Choose a Style

There is a beadboard style for just about every architectural type. Want a traditional farmhouse look? Try either 2.5-inch or 1⅝-inch V-bead. Wider boards are particularly ideal for large spaces. For more character, you can also opt for custom styles, such casual, random-width V-bead.

Take Into Account Environment

Where you plan to put panels is absolutely vital: in a bathroom, for example, you need boards specially formulated for moisture resistance; porches and other areas are best served by fiberboard or PVC that have been explicitly graded for exteriors.

Opt for Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

This is composed of varying proportions of wood fiber and resin that have been melded under pressure. Usually four feet high and eight feet wide, MDF is sturdy, ready to paint, and looks like real wood when milled. For a more authentic and woody look, invest in high quality panels that are meticulously milled to create crisper profiles.

Stick to Easily Repaired Materials

Save yourself – and any future buyers – the trouble of upkeep. MDF is almost as tough as oak but nonetheless susceptible to scratch marks. However, you can easy sand small blemishes while fixing larger ones with polyester auto-body fillers like Bondo, which is a great adhesive and can be sanded smoothly.

Observe the Profile Closely

If you want the best in aesthetics and durability, consider panels that are at least a quarter-inch thick, deep, clean cuts and beads. Always get samples before you make the final decision.

Save Money With a DIY Option

If you would like to take matters into your own hands, try half-inch panels, which can go right onto the framing and thus reduce the need to build up window and door trim to accommodate beadboard installed over drywall. Moreover, this half-inch are easier to miter (for example at an outside corner) than the usual quarter-inch.

We hope you have found these tips helpful, and wish you the best on boosting the value of your home. If you need help determining the value of your property, use our easy Home Value Estimator here at

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