Drywall Alternatives - Unique Wall Coverings - The Spruce.29 Jan 2018 . wood wall panels. Trinette Reed / Stocksy United. Is drywall the only wall covering? Despite its origin as an easier material to work with than plaster and lath, it still requires a deft, artistic hand to get right, especially in the finishing stages. . But there are alternatives. . Just like drywall, each panel is 4' x 8'.