Dry Lining

Dry Lining

What is Dry Lining?

Dry lining (sometimes referred to as drylining, or as drywalling) is a type of finishing or cladding for internal walls or ceilings. This is known as a ‘dry’ application because plasterboard is used in place of the traditional plaster finish. Dry lining is used to create a smooth, paint-ready surface and is ideal for retail fit-ups, domestic interiors, or office partitioning.

Why Use Dry Lining?

Interior brickwork will normally require cladding before finishing and decoration can take place. Traditionally this has been provided by plasterers who will apply a ‘wet lining’ to the wall to create a smooth finish, which then has to be left to dry for anything up to a week before painting. Dry lining, by comparison, can be attached to the brickwork in a matter of hours, provides a naturally smooth surface, and can be quickly and easily prepared for decorating.

The plasterboard material which is used in dry lining comes in a range of thicknesses, widths and lengths, making it a flexible and adaptable alternative to traditional methods. Alterations to the dry ling cladding are relatively quick and easy, whereas a plaster finish requires a complete re-application if change is required. Dry lining can increase thermal insulation and be used to prevent condensation.

Should additional insulation be required, it can be fitted behind the plasterboard, and for damp environment the installation of a vapour barrier has proved effective. This method can be used on wall and ceilings in every room of the house. For wet rooms, bathrooms and showers we would recommend a wax-coated moisture-resistant plasterboard, or aqua board, to ensure total protection even in damp environments.

Dry Lining

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There are three ways in which plasterboard may be applied to the walls and ceilings of your house, office, or retail outlet.

Dabbing – dabs of industrial strength adhesive are used to fix the dry lining plasterboard directly to the interior walls. The adhesive is fast-setting and the application is ready for painting or decorating almost instantly.

Tacking – the dry lining plasterboard is fixed to a metal or timber framework attached to the walls or ceiling, using nails. In this instance, there is no need to wait for the application to dry, so it is instantly available for further applications.

Screwing – screws are used, rather than nails, for extra support when fixing plasterboard dry lining to a metal or timber framework.


Once the plasterboard is in place, jointing tape is used to make smooth the joints between the separate boards. In order to achieve a completely smooth finish, we would apply jointing compound to any recessed screws, or indentations between joints. Jointing compound is a dry powder which is mixed with water and applied across the dry lining surface. It is quick-drying and can then be sand-papered and primed to provide a smooth, unblemished surface ready for decorating.

StanLil Expertise with Dry Lining

As interior specialist contractors, we work with a number of high end fashion brands who have a vision for their stores that they need to see realised quickly and professionally. Our team of experienced fit out installers use dry lining materials to sculpt space, guide the eye, and create facades and mouldings which transport shoppers from the everyday to the extraordinary. For our domestic clients, we use dry lining to create flexible and adaptable spaces that serve the changing needs of the family as it grows and diversifies.

We tell all our customers that if they can imagine the space they want, we can create it. Dry lining is the magic ingredient that helps us to turn a vision into a reality – in an instant!