How to Install 3D Wall Panels Around Outlets and Light Switches

3d wall panels around outlets

Wall panels are a quick and effective way to change up the aesthetics of any living area. If you’re looking to spruce up your walls, 3D wall panels are the way to go. Not only does the texture add dimension to a room, it also transforms an otherwise subtle space into something worth a double take. Even simple wall panels can create a type of dramatic appeal that will make all the difference.

The best part about installing 3D wall panels is that it is extremely easy to do so, particularly if you are doing it across a plain wall. Simply gather your adhesive (glue or finishing nails), measure and cut the panels according to the length and width of your walls and join them side by side.

On the other hand, if you are faced with a wall that contains a receptacle or a light switch, then the process gets a little tricky. At this point, you’re left with two options. You could either remove the outlet entirely and fill in the hole in the wall – or install your wall panels around it. In most instances, removing a receptacle isn’t the best solution. Especially if you’re about to remove the only light switch in the room.  So now you’re left with option number two. Put your walls panels up, and work around the receptacle.

Now here’s the thing, wall panels are fairly hollow from behind. In some cases, they can be one inch deep. This means that even if you cut up a section from the wall panel, for the receptacle, you will be left with a gaping hole. That is definitely not what you want, a hole taking away from the aesthetic appeal of your new wall panels. Luckily, you can replace your standard plate around any switch with a starter electrical box – which happens to be about an inch deep. You can purchase this at any hardware store, such as a Home Depot or Rona.

Once you make your necessary purchases, and you have your equipment gathered, you can begin your installation process.

  1. Take the necessary measurements in order to cut the hole in your wall panel. Make sure to measure and mark the wall panel, this way there are no mistakes.
  2. Use a utility knife to carefully cut the panel according to your measurements.
  3. Put the panel against the wall to check if everything is good and there’s enough space for the receptacle.
  4. Use a roller to apply glue on the wall as well as on the wall panel. Wait a couple of seconds until the adhesive is dry, and almost tacky to the touch before putting the panel to the wall.
  5. Once you apply the panel to the wall, use your hands to thoroughly push every inch of it against the wall properly.
  6. Once the panel is up, you can apply the base of the box through the hole you made, and then the starter box on top. Good then about this starter box is that it is paintable – so you’ll be able to blend it into your wall panel.
  7. Lastly, use a caulking gun and an Alex Plus paintable caulk around the edges of the portion of the panel you had cut in order to seal the gaps. This will make the wall panel and switch box look seamless.

If you want to follow along to a step-by-step tutorial, check out the following video created by the owner and expert at Talissa Decor.

We have been servicing residential and commercial clients for a number of years, with our beautiful products installed in hundreds of homes, offices, restaurants, hotels and resorts across the globe. If you have installed wall panels but aren’t sure how to cover up the joints in between panels, check out this video. So if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our team at 1 (888) 717-8453. Not only will we be able to guide you, we can also show you our extensive inventory of beautiful 3D wall panels, made for each and every room!

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