PANYL is a line of do-it-yourself finishes for customizing IKEA furniture and other custom home-improvement projects. You install it by peeling away the backing, aligning the finish with your surface, and applying gentle pressure to make the PANYL stick. This is a fast, convenient and cost-effective way to take advantage of mass-produced "flat-pack" furniture while achieving the high-end look custom, made-to-order brands (or at least completely obscuring the fact that there's regular old IKEA underneath).
PANYL is made of self-adhesive, pressure-sensitive vinyl that is specifically designed for interior and exterior architectural use.
PANYL is pre-cut to the dimensions of specific IKEA furniture models. You peel off the adhesive backing, line it up with the surface you're putting it on, and apply pressure to attach the PANYL to the surface of your furniture. PANYL is thicker and more rigid than contact paper or wallpaper, and it has a very small network of grooves in the adhesive that allows air to escape as it's applied. This makes it very easy for anyone to apply it smoothly and evenly without bunching or air bubbles.
If you can fold a paper airplane or wrap a present, you can install PANYL. We provide simple installation instructions and practice pieces with each order. The material itself is very forgiving in that it can be peeled off and repositioned multiple times as you are applying it, and because it has specially engineered air channels on the adhesive side that make it extremely easy to remove air bubbles and achieve a hard, uniform surface.
Smaller surfaces are the easiest to PANYL, while larger ones (such as wardrobe doors) requires a little initial practice, as does wrapping corners. However, we include practice PANYLs with every order.
PANYL is high-end architectural finish that is engineered to last. Colors and textures will not fade or smudge. If properly cleaned and maintained PANYL can last as long as the furniture it's stuck to.
Once applied, PANYL acts as an extra waterproof barrier between your furniture surface and contact with liquid. However, it will not stick to wet or waterlogged surfaces, and it will not prevent moisture from being absorbed trough the unfinished ends or unprotected edges of the PANYLed surfaces.
Yes. PANYL is a Class A fire retardant when applied to a surface.
You can use almost any household cleaner on PANYL, but avoid using abrasives such as Ajax or steel wool, which may leave scratches. For tougher ink stains use denatured alcohol. You can even remove Sharpie!
As long as the original surface was not dirty or wet, and no PANYL is exposed at the edges, PANYL won't peel, and is engineered to adhere for at least 10 years indoors.
PANYL is scratch resistant and very durable. However, if proper care is not taken when installing, or cleaning or removing it, it may scratch or tear. PANYL should not be used on cutting surfaces or come in contact with anything sharp. PANYL is heat and fire-resistant, but contact with hot items or flame will certainly damage it. Care for it as you would for any other item with a custom finish, and it will maintain its original appearance.
It depends on the original finish of the surface to which it's applied. The harder and thicker the original finish, the less PANYL is likely to damage it if removed. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the least damageable and 1 being the worst, glass or polished metal would be a 10, and wallpaper or drywall would be 1. Everything else is in the middle.
Many IKEA items have a melamine surface, which is hard, smooth and impermeable. The top, sides and shelves of the IKEA BILLY bookcase series, and HARLIG kitchen cabinet doors, are finished with melamine. PANYL can safely be removed from these surfaces without damaging the original finish.
Items such as EXPEDIT door inserts, or the rear panels of the BILLY bookcase, are made with paper-lined hardboard. PANYL cannot be removed from these surfaces without risking damage.
Use these guidelines if you intend to remove PANYL at some point, and if you are in doubt as to a particular item, please contact us for confirmation.
Yes it does! Wrapping around the corners is a more advanced installation technique, but professionals do it all the time.
We do our best to represent PANYL in its true-to-life form. All of the photographs on our site are of actual PANYL. Since there is no way to tell exactly how a given finish will look in your home, we encourage you to order samples. However, if PANYL doesn’t look like you would expect it to, please
We do NOT sell IKEA items or replacements for IKEA items. PANYL sells flexible, self-adhesive finishes that you use to customize your new or existing IKEA furniture. You order it from us and apply it directly to the surface of your item. If you already own the IKEA item, you just have to place an order for PANYL to start customizing. If not, you need to buy your IKEA items first, or at least know which IKEA items you plan to purchase, before ordering PANYL.
YES! Although we are continually adding new IKEA products to our site, there are far too many for us to display all of them. If you don't see your item, please
Samples are 2 ½ x 3 inch swatch cards for the purpose of demonstrating color and texture. With every sample order, we include at least one larger piece of material with the backing in place, so that you can examine the adhesive side and test the application.
Custom orders are priced by taking the total number of linear feet required to cut out all of the requested PANYLs in a given color, plus a flat cut fee of $6 for each custom PANYL in the order. Use a millimeter measuring tape to take accurate measurements of the length and width of each of the surfaces you plan to PANYL. Determine based on these measurements how long a sheet of four-foot wide material is needed to cut out all of the shapes you require. Factor in a border of at least a quarter inch around each shape.
When you have determined the correct number of feet you need to order based on the dimensions of the shapes you need cut, place an order for PANYL by-the-foot in the appropriate quantity of linear feet and the desired number of shapes.
IMPORTANT: Include a note in your cart listing the exact dimensions in millimeters for each PANYL you want cut, as well as the desired direction of any woodgrains. We will contact you if we need any additional information to complete your order.
PANYL can be ordered in any desired number of linear feet. A linear foot is 1 foot long by 4 feet wide. Order any length of material in 1 foot increments up to 165 feet - the length of an entire factory roll.
Make a diagram with all of the pieces you need arranged in a four-foot high row. This height corresponds to the factory width of the material. Make sure you include at least a quarter of an inch of empty space in between shapes, as well as between the shapes and the edges of the row. Order the number of linear feet necessary to allow all of shapes to be cut.
Keep in mind that all woodgrain patterns are oriented in the long direction. Thus, for horizontal woodgrains the maximum width is four feet.
The paper backing will have arrows pointing in the "up" direction. Apply your PANYL from the top down. For doors and drawers with knobs, make sure the hole on your surface is positioned correctly, before you begin application. This is especially important for woodgrains, which are unidirectional. If you want a horizontal orientation for your woodgrains or textured patterns, rotate your door or drawer 90 degrees and start from the side edge.
Don't worry about small bubbles. Panyl is specially designed to allow air to escape - gently smooth them out as you lay the PANYL onto the surface, and watch them disappear!
Large air bubbles or creases may be too large to smooth out. You can easily avoid these by allowing the PANYL to make contact with the surface a little at a time. If you do create a large bubble or crease, gently pull the PANYL away from the surface until the bubble is gone, and proceed normally.
PANYL's adhesive is engineered to be pressure sensitive. It won't fully stick to the surface until you've smoothed it down. If you notice you are drifting out of line with your surface, reposition your PANYL and start again.
For small creases, position a hot blow dryer 10-12 inches away from the spot for for a few seconds, and gently smooth the creases with your fingers or a felt pad.
PANYL's pressure-sensitive adhesive only starts to "cure" after you have smoothed it down, and isn't fully cured until about 24 hours later. If you want to remove PANYL during installation, just release a corner and pull back gently from the surface. If more time has passed, you will still be able to remove it by releasing a corner and pulling back firmly. Although not necessary to remove it, you may find it easier going if you gently heat the PANYL with a blowdryer as you peel it off off the surface.
Occasionally a small spec of dust may remain on your surface and become stuck to the underside of the PANYL you are applying. Avoid this by wiping your surfaces clean before application, and do it in a clean work space. However if this does happen, cut a small square from the practice sheet that came with your order. Peel back the PANYL and press the adhesive side of your practice square against the dust particle so that the dust particle is transferred to the practice square. Repeat when necessary.
This is normal. Each PANYL is cut to fit just inside the edge banding of flat-pack doors and drawers. This makes it easier to align your PANYL and also protects its edges from dents and dings. We recommend using black/dark surfaces whenever possible, this will make any small borders virtually unnoticeable. Also keep in mind that small borders are even less noticeable in larger installations where you've got multiple surfaces next to each other.
Shipping costs vary based on weight, destination country, and shipping method. To estimate shipping costs, follow these instructions to use our automated shipping calculator:
1. In the SHOP, Select each product size and quantity you are interested in ordering. For the estimating shipping costs, the color does not matter.
2. Click the ADD TO CART button.
3. As long as you have any item in your shopping cart, the cart will display a shipping calculator section. After adding one or more items to the cart, input your country, state/province and Zip/postal code into the shipping calculator. The shipping calculator will display the available shipping methods and shipping costs for the items in the cart.
Yes! We ship worldwide using USPS, Fedex and UPS. Please see the instructions below for estimating shipping costs.
All PANYL is cut to order, but may be returned for partial store credit within 21 days if it is in new condition with the the backing fully intact. You can purchase a return label by clicking on the link contained in your shipping confirmation e-mail.
To avoid having to make returns, please take advantage of the following guidelines:
- Order samples if you are unsure about colors!!! Samples ship free within the USA and whatever you spend for samples is credited back to you via a coupon code.
- Make sure you have verified the correct IKEA model you have. Bestå Vara doors are not the same as Bestå Tombo, Bestå Tofta, Bestå Vassbo, etc. If you're still unsure after checking, call or
- Double check the dimensions of your existing IKEA items (sometimes older IKEA items may have the same model name, but different dimensions) or the IKEA items you plan to buy.
We would love to be able to offer refunds in cases where people have chosen the wrong color or the wrong sizes. But the way it works is that we only cut material when a customer places an order. Before that, the PANYL lives on big giant rolls where it can be safely stored in protected racks for a long time, before being fed into the cutting machine.
So we don't give refunds for returns because:
b) we don't currently have the space to store each set of returned pieces in sellable condition.
c) we don't have the systems to track what returned items are available for sale.
a) we don't know when or if we can resell things that are returned (especially in the case where the PANYL is cut to fit a discontinued IKEA model).
As a middle ground, we accept returns for a partial order credit of 50% of the current website price, less outbound shipping. Items ordered with a return credit are not returnable for further credit.
Keep in mind that the return coupon code is transferrable, so if you want to gift it to someone else, that's not only ok, it's encouraged!
Please review PANYL's returns policy above. To make a return, please
After we authorize your return, send the items in the original packaging to:
PANYL, Inc. 3630 Tyburn, Los Angeles, CA 90065-1422, attention: Returns.
Once we receive your return, we will issue you a return coupon code for for the value of any PANYL that we receive back in unused, as-new condition.
PANYL is not affiliated with or endorsed by IKEA. The “IKEA” name, logo and marks are the trademarks of Inter-IKEA Systems B.V.
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