After thinking about all our potential options for the interior walls, the reason for pine paneling being a popular choice for tiny homes on trailers became apparent. Drywall is heavy and likely to crack when relocating the trailer. The old school wall paneling made out of fiber board, common in the 70’s and 80’s, may be light and thin but is just butt ugly. Pine paneling is relatively light, thinner than most other materials and able to flex a bit without damage. The biggest drawback to the pine is the time commitment required to work with the material. There are so many pieces that have to be cut and installed. Despite that I don’t really know if there is a better option.


Cutting the tongue and groove pine boards to length. An electrical box partially cut in.


Measuring an electrical box, transferring the measurements and cutting. The jigsaw was invaluable for the smaller cuts.


Not everything had to be measured with a tape. Some things could just be eyeballed. I was able to do some of the finer detailing with a knife because the boards are so thin.


Continued knife work leading to a tight finish.


It’s hammer time baby! Not all of the boards wanted to fit into place easily. Some of them needed to be hammered down gently with a rubber mallet.


The last step in the process of installing a board was to nail it into place with a pneumatic finishing nailer. I did my best to hide the nails by nailing at a 45° angle just below the tongue. This wasn’t possible in all areas due to space restrictions.

One important step we didn’t get a picture of was making sure our rows stayed level. Every 3-4 rows I would check with a level and sometimes a tape measure to make sure I wasn’t installing the boards at an angle. If I was out a bit I would adjust accordingly as I continued up the wall.

In the following video I discuss the pine paneling installation, cedar loft flooring and the cold air intake for our propane range and wood stove.


The air intake after the installation of the range and wood stove.