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    Default Sheet material for an indoor pen

    My set up is partly wood & mesh panels I made, partly heavy duty puppy pen (I made a pen then decided it needed to be bigger and adding puppy pen panels was easier than making something else ) I would like to have some sort of solid surface on the wooden panels to stop the rabbits getting to the skirting boards and also to limit stray poops and fluff escaping through the mesh and gathering between the pen and the skirting. Iíve considered Perspex - quite expensive for the size Iíd need and would need to buy it cut to size as the standard sizes wouldnít fit - and something like plywood which again doesnít come in the size I need so would need to be cut to size plus the issue of transporting it in my car as I donít think the size I need would fit. Also wondered if wooden cladding would be any good as it would be easier to fit in my car than sheet material.

    Any recommendations for what would work quite well without breaking the bank? I wondered about correx but donít know if it would stand up to rabbit teeth. Whatever I choose would need to cover the whole panel (largest panel 2m x 95cm), if I leave an exposed edge that would be like an open invitation for a dose of bunstruction

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    Wood cladding should be fine - you can paint or stain it to match the decor. Any chewed slats can be replaced individually if necessary.
    You could also look in the sales areas for other options (eg wood laminate floor planks - often there is an odd pack going cheap and they can be used the same way as the T&G cladding).

    As a temporary and cheap measure, large cardboard boxes will do the job.

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    I'd use hardboard, but only because I've got tons lying around! The shiny side is difficult for teeth to get purchase on
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    Wood cladding should be fine - you can paint or stain it to match the decor. Any chewed slats can be replaced individually if necessary.
    You could also look in the sales areas for other options (eg wood laminate floor planks - often there is an odd pack going cheap and they can be used the same way as the T&G cladding).

    As a temporary and cheap measure, large cardboard boxes will do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    Wood cladding should be fine - you can paint or stain it to match the decor. Any chewed slats can be replaced individually if necessary.
    You could also look in the sales areas for other options (eg wood laminate floor planks - often there is an odd pack going cheap and they can be used the same way as the T&G cladding).

    As a temporary and cheap measure, large cardboard boxes will do the job.
    Yip cladding sounds like it will work, I’ve made it an awkward size to suit the packs I’ve seen so I’ll need to have a think about the best way to do it. I don’t think cardboard would last very long with my lot unfortunately.

    Keletkezes I did wonder about hardboard, I don’t have any but they sometimes have stuff like that sitting out at my local Ikea which you can take for free (offcuts, spare parts etc). Maybe not in the sizes I need but for free I could work something out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casco View Post
    Keletkezes I did wonder about hardboard, I don’t have any but they sometimes have stuff like that sitting out at my local Ikea which you can take for free (offcuts, spare parts etc). Maybe not in the sizes I need but for free I could work something out!
    Worth a try if it's not too inconvenient to grab some
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