Below, find our simple step-by-step guide to installing cork board walls. Add warmth and function to your home with an eco-friendly, anti-microbial choice for walls and flooring. Resistant to moisture and hypoallergenic by nature, cork walls are a safe material commonly used in home decor and interior design. Get started today with your own DIY cork wall!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Cork roll or cork sheet
- Utility knife
- Hook blade
- Masking tape
- Seam and strip cutter
- String & chalk (plumb line)
- Measure your wall or desired area to be covered
- Cut your cork sheet or cork roll roughly 2-3 inches longer than needed to ensure a perfect trim at installation
- Massage out any end curl in your cork material – this will eliminate any puffing, which can prevent your cork sheet from completely adhering to the wall surface
- Precisely cut your cork sheet or roll to your desired measurements. Be careful! Always be sure to cut off the factory edge and keep your materials clean for installation!
- First, score your cork roll using a utility knife to trace over your exact measurements
- Next, use a hook blade – holding at an angle – to slightly undercut the edge. Cut completely through your cork material.
- If you need to install multiple cork sheets or rolls onto to a larger wall, use masking tape on the floor to match up your pieces, overlapping them by an inch or so. Use a seam and strip cutter to cut your seam, creating a tight fit between the two cork pieces.
- Before moving to install on the wall, mark your cork rolls with tape stretched across the seam. Cut to separate. You now can match these markers during installation to ensure a proper fit.
- Remove all dust and dirt from your wall. Clean your wall thoroughly prior to installation to prevent any failure in adhesive! Test your adhesive in a small area to ensure surface is ready for installation.
- Painted surfaces – slightly sand down to help adhesive grip
- Porous surfaces – prime prior to applying adhesive
- Wallpapered surfaces – remove wall covering and sand off any residue
- Use a plumb line to determine a vertical guideline for installing your cork. Use chalk to mark this line.
INSTALLING CORK ONTO THE WALL
- Hold up your cut cork roll to the wall along the marked vertical line. Outline the remaining edges.
- Apply cork adhesive to wall one area at a time. Adhesive must be wet for cork installation. If adhesive dries to wall prior to installation, scrape off and reapply.
- Carefully line up your cork roll to its final resting spot on the wall, and press onto adhesive.
- Finally, use a wall roller to firmly press the material onto the wall, working out any bubbles.