I just finished up my herringbone accent wall yesterday and I am so excited to share everything I learned about how to make this wall with you!
Here’s the first thing I’ll say about making your own herringbone wall; once you figure out what angle you want your herringbone or chevron pattern to be, it is easy! No, seriously, it is!! Trust me, you can do this!
I’ve been randomly seeing this accent wall design on Pinterest and Instagram, and I knew I wanted to make that for our master bedroom as our master bedroom has been lacking, to say the least, for the past three years. I’ve just never had a good vision of what I wanted to do in our bedroom so it’s been looking pretty boring. Whoopsies! Not any more though! Herringbone accent wall to the rescue!
The question is; Are you ready to transform your wall too? I think so! Trust me you can do this fun transformation, because guess what??? I’m going to tell you everything you need to know so you can do it, too! And even the mistakes (that I made) to avoid. Yay!
Let’s get to it already!
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Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need for it:
- 1 x 2 x 8’s for the horizontal herringbone lines and 1 x 2 x 10’s for your vertical lines. How many you need depends on how much of the herringbone pattern you want to have. I wanted mine bigger so I bought 5 vertical pieces and 16 horizontal pieces, because I did four large sections with four little sections inside that. See picture below. Our bed is in the way to get the whole wall, but you can kind of, sort of, hopefully get the idea!😉
- Chop Saw or table saw.
- Tape Measure
- Nail gun and finishing nails. This is the nail gun I use and it works great for me!
- *Sander (Optional, but makes it look that much better!). This one is a really good one!
- *Possibly wood filler if you accidentally cut any pieces a little too short like I did a couple of times!😜
Now that you have everything; here’s how to make your very own Herrinbone Wall!!!!!!
- The first step I did was skim coat my wall so that it was super flat! I originally thought I would use backer board, but with the uneven lines of the herringbone wall they would not have covered the seems of the backer board. I would like to say I skim coated the wall myself, but after talking with my husband he convinced me this is a job that is better to hire out. So that’s what I did, and the guy I hired did an amazing job! Way better than what I would have done! My wall was so smooth by the time he finished, and unfortunately, I have super textured walls. If you don’t have textured walls, or if you don’t mind your texture, then you can skip this step!!!
- Measure out the height and width of you wall.
- Decide how much of the herringbone wall pattern you want to have. I chose to make my pattern really big, but some like a lot more of the pattern. That is up to you!
- Once you decide how much of the pattern you want you’ll need to figure out how much wood you’ll need. I drew out my pattern so I could get a good visual of that and to record all the measurements. I recommend doing that. And before you ask…no, I’m not a professional architect or artist based off of my amazing sketching skills!😬😂
- I knew I wanted 4 of the big sections and then I decided on the smaller sections based off of the measurements of my room. So the height of my room was 100 inches so I knew it would be easy to break 100 into 4 sections spacing them out each 25 inches. Based off of that I bought 5 -1x2x10 boards for the vertical spacing. Two to frame out my wall and three for the middle sections. Then I bought 16-1x2x8 boards for the horizontal patterned lines. Again, this is based off of my room measurements so your wood list could be different.
- Now I measured out the height of the wall at each spot my vertical boards would be going, because your walls may be uneven! All of mine were even except for the very right side of my room, which was 1” shorter. I recorded each height on my handy sketch that I made of the wall.
- Now that the measurements were done I chopped my 10’ boards accordingly.
- I then used a level to make sure my board was straight and then nail gunned it into place. I did this for all five pieces of my vertical boards.
- So now that your vertical boards are hung, it’s time to start your herringbone pattern, which means you need to figure out what angle your boards need to be cut at! First, mark off each point you’ll want your wood to start on your first piece of vertical wood. For me, it was every 25”, so I made a mark going up at each 25” point. You’ll need to do this on every vertical wood piece so that you know and can see where you want your wood to go. If you have a protractor use that for sure, but I don’t have that yet, so I cut down one piece of wood so that it was still too long, but short enough so that I could see what angle to cut it at. I started on the very left bottom side and held it at the perfect angle so it hit the bottom of the next vertical board and the wall. I marked off the line and realized that the angle I needed for my room was 22.5 degrees. Once you figure this out it’s happy days! The rest is pretty simple!
- Now that you have your angle down you need to measure how long you need your wood. I used the tape measure and measured from my 25” mark to the botttom of my wall. Now you can make your first cut! Once cut, go put it in your space to make sure it fits perfectly, then use that wood and mark off three more pieces of wood. Cut all those pieces according to your marks and then go hang them up using your nail gun! If any are too long, you can cut them down or if they’re a little too short, which I had happen twice for some reason, then you can either make a tiny piece to fit using your scrap wood or use wood filler. Your first section is done!!
- For the second section, you’ll need to switch the degrees to the opposite side. So for me, I turned it from the 22.5 degrees on the right side, to the 22.5 degrees on the left side. This is because you’re working with the opposite angle now! Trust me, I learned this the hard way! I kept the angle on the same side, and had the rough side of my wood showing because if it! Now you’ll do the same thing. As the first section. Measure and cut out the first piece, make sure it fits, then trace that piece onto three other pieces. Make all your cuts and nail them into place! Your second section is done, which meant for me I was halfway done!!
- Now you’ll just repeat those last two steps to finish your next two sections. The only thing you need to remeber is to switch the side your angle is at for each section that you’re on.
- Nail gun your last piece into place and do a happy dance!! At least, I sure did because you are done!!!!
- *Optional Step that I mentioned* If you want, you can sand down any areas where the wood pieces don’t match up perfectly like this area on my wall shown below. I sanded anything like this to even the pieces out. That way my wall looked in more in unison.
Okay, now you’re really done!! That is , until the painting part, of course! Ha!
**You may come across an electrical socket like I did. I still put my wood up like it wasn’t there, but only nailed it in a couple of times. Then I marked off where the socket would go, gently pulled my board off, made the cuts, then hung up my now two separate pieces. That’s it!
Now you get to pick out what color you want your new wall to be! I went with Very Navy by Behr found at Home Depot.
I chose that because I want to go with navy, gold accents, light wood, and whites, BUT I need to get shopping! So until then I have no full picture of my bedroom, but I will….soon! I can’t wait to show you guys the full room all together!
That’s it!!!!! You did it!!! You now have a beautiful herringbone accent wall!!!!!
Thank you so much for coming, and I can’t wait to see you back here for my next DIY, which I have about a million planned in my head! The question is, which one will I do next!? Come back soon to find out, or follow my Instagram page to see all my latest projects! Please tag me on Instagram if you do end up making this wall, so I can see how amazing yours looks and share your beautiful wall!
The Decor Mama