How To Install
From Start to Finish
Installing a Kith + Kin decorative wall is easier than you think. All you have to do is follow the simple steps demonstrated in this video.
What You'll Need
18 Gauge 1.5” Nails
Straight Edge & Pencil
1. Since Kith + Kin™ is a wood product, open all plank packages and leave them inside the room where you plan to install it for at least 48 hours to allow the wood to acclimate.
2. Make sure you have the proper tools. We recommend a circular saw or an electric miter saw, an electric nail gun, a box of 18-gauge 1-1/2” nails, a tape measure, a ladder, a straight edge and a pencil. Other helpful items (but not essential): a stud finder and 24” or longer level.
3. Lay out the planks on the floor to create the desired pattern. You’ll notice that Kith + Kin planks already replicate random patterns, so you don’t have to cut ends to create random lengths. We already did that for you within the design.
4. Next, locate all wall studs. A battery-operated stud finder can help with this task. Mark the location of all studs with vertical pencil lines. Start at the baseboard and set your first plank flush against a corner. If the wall has no baseboard, allow a small gap (approximately 1/4”) between the floor and the first row of planks.
5. Put two nails into the plank at each stud line, at least 3/8˝ in from the end of the plank. Each Kith + Kin plank is long enough to span four studs, so you will use a maximum of eight nails per plank.
6. Position the next plank snug to the first and continue nailing. When you reach the opposite wall, measure the remaining gap, cut a plank to that exact length and nail it in place. Continue to nail all remaining rows of planks, fitting each plank snugly to the plank below it. If you install the first row from left to right, install the next row from right to left and continue to alternate directions for each row. The uniformity of Kith + Kin planks means they can be stacked tightly together.
7. When you reach the top of the wall, you will probably have to saw the last row of planks to the appropriate width. Just measure the gap at each end of where a plank would go, transfer those measurements to a plank, draw a straight line, and cut the plank lengthwise with a jigsaw. Nail into place. Since some walls are not built perfectly square, you should measure, cut and attach each plank individually.
8. Sit back and relax.
Note: To eliminate the need to cut a narrow piece at the top of a wall, start by measuring your wall from ceiling to floor (or top of floor trim). Divide this measurement by the width of your Kith + Kin planks. Carefully remove your baseboard molding and start the first piece a distance above the floor equal to the difference between the height of the wall and an equal number of planks. This will result in a gap that will be hidden when you reattach the baseboard molding.
Are Kith + Kin planks made of real wood?
Yes, Kith + Kin planks are made with real wood that has been engineered to provide a more consistent size and shape to aid with an easy installation and cleaner, sleeker look. Our planks are manufactured to feature the texture of wood grain and color variations of reclaimed barn wood—but more user-friendly. The soft backing of our planks is designed to avoid leaving marks on your walls. And our wood patterns are sourced from wood reclaimed from real barns by local craftsmen, so every Kith + Kin wall conveys a unique story by blending rustic warmth with modern elegance.
How should I clean my Kith + Kin wall?
For best results, always clean surfaces immediately. Use a damp, soft cloth or sponge with warm water and mild dish detergent. Do not use abrasive cleaners or sponges. Do not saturate the wood planks. For crayons & other grease like stains, use a soft cloth and specialty cleaner such as Goo-Gone®. For all detergents & cleaners, be sure to read and follow the product instructions.
How do I attach shelves or hang pictures on my Kith + Kin wall?
Kith + Kin wall planks are non-structural. We recommend attaching through the planks into studs to hang shelves or artwork. For proprietary wall hardware, follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and remember that Kith + Kin planks add approximately 3/8” to the wall thickness.
Can I use screws instead of nails?
Yes, but we recommend that you pre-drill pilot holes in Kith + Kin planks before inserting screws. Use 2 screws at each stud, approximately 3/8” from the edge of the plank.
What if there is no stud at the end of a plank to nail to?
If you need to attach the end of a plank and there is no stud to nail to, you can safely use non-permanent (removable) double-sided mounting tape. This will allow you to carefully remove the tape at a later date without damaging your wall. Note: The use of construction adhesives or permanent tapes may result in damage to the drywall if removed at a later date.
Can I use a hammer to install instead of a nail gun?
Yes, however we recommend a nail gun in order to prevent possible damage to the face of our product. Remember to nail flush with the surface of Kith + Kin planks in order to achieve optimum holding strength while limiting the risk of snagging clothing on an exposed nail head.
Can I install Kith + Kin accent wall planks on curved walls?
Do I have to cut the planks to random length to stagger the joints?
No. Our planks are designed with joints to replicate random patterns.
Can I remove Kith + Kin accent wall planks?
Yes. Locate a joint and carefully begin to pry the planks off the wall. Use a thin blade putty knife followed by a small pry bar or the claw end of a hammer. Use a piece of scrap wood behind the pry bar to avoid damaging the drywall. In most instances, the nails will pull through the Kith + Kin planks and can be removed from the wall afterwards using a claw hammer. Use drywall spackling compound to fill the small nail holes.
Can I use staples?
We do not recommend using staples to install Kith + Kin wall planks.
Can I install Kith + Kin planks in a basement?
Yes, but only if your basement is properly finished to eliminate condensation/moisture from the concrete walls and is part of the conditioned living space. Kith + Kin planks should not be applied directly to concrete or masonry surfaces or directly to wood furring that is attached to a concrete or masonry surface.
How can I hide finish nails or screws?
Nails that are counter sunk may be concealed using a colored wood putty. It is more difficult to conceal wood screws, however there are decorative screws and screw caps available that can be used as an accent.
Can I install Kith + Kin decorative wall planks vertically?
Kith + Kin planks cannot be installed vertically.
Can I install Kith + Kin decorative wall planks at a diagonal?
Kith + Kin decorative wall planks can be installed diagonally as long as the same fastening technique into studs is followed.