Adding a cork board wall to your home, office or classroom is a great way to enhance the style and functionality of that space. Cork is often used to make bulletin boards, however its benefits also include superior insulating and sound dampening abilities. It is sold in various colors sizes and forms such as cork sheets, wall tiles, and cork rolls. If you are looking to build a bulletin board then cork sheets should do well but if you are looking to cover your whole wall in cork then go for the cork wall tiles or cork rolls.
- Cork roll or cork sheet
- Utility knife
- Masking tape
- Seam and strip cutter
Measure your wall or desired area to be covered. Next you need to cut your cork sheet or cork roll roughly 2 – 3 inches longer than needed to ensure a perfect trim at installation. Also, be sure to cut off the factory edge and keep your materials clean for installation.
If you have a painted or textured wall, then you should sand the surface of your wall. The aim is to smooth the wall as much as possible to ensure that the cork stay on the wall. For wallpapered surfaces remove wall covering and sand off any residue.
To avoid damage to the original wall. You may consider adding underlayment to the area where you plan on installing the cork. This addition will help you avoid unnecessary holes in your wall and can easily be found at any home improvement store.
Make sure the surface is clean prior to applying the adhesive. Gently clean the area with a degreaser or all-purpose cleaner and let the wall dry completely before installation.
Measure the space where you intend to install the cork board wall; if you are not covering the entire wall, then use a level to ensure that you install the cork straight. For larger areas, use a plumb line to determine a guideline and then use chalk to mark this line.
Use the paint roller to apply a coat of contact cement to the surface wall and to the backside of the cork sheet or roll. Wait about 30mins for the contact cement to dry, or until it becomes clear. Add more contact cement where the surface appears dull, as this is a sign that it has prematurely dried and will not adhere properly. The contact cement should shine when ready for installation.
Carefully place the cork roll, tile, or sheet against the wall and use your reference points to guide the proper positioning of the cork on the wall. Start from the center of the cork, and apply pressure to the material to help it adhere to the wall. Carefully go over every inch of the cork surface, making sure to evenly apply pressure to the cork. This applied pressure will help to create a bond between the cork and the wall, essentially giving you your cork board wall.
The adhesive should bond immediately, so be careful when lining up the cork for installation.
Apply cork rolls vertically to ensure the best results.
For more guidance on setting up your cork board wall, check out our videos below that include detailed information on installing cork tiles or a cork roll to your wall.