How to Mount Cork Board

Cork is a popular and versatile wood bark that is an eco-friendly and sustainable product. Today, cork is used in many applications including as a textured wall surface and for flooring. Mounting cork board that is small, like a picture, is just like hanging any picture. Just use a small picture hanging kit.

Mounting a wall of cork tile takes a bit more planning, but it is almost as easy.

  1. Remove all of your outlet covers from the wall as well as any nails. Identify the corner of the wall where you want to start installing the cork tile. Typically, this corner and along the floor will be the areas of highest visibility, so you should use full-size tiles. Place your level on each wall to determine how close to level the vertical line of the wall seems to be. Most walls are not level: If your wall is not level, then you will not want to use the wall as a guide.

  2. Measure the width of the cork wall tile and subtract 1-inch. Measure across the wall from your starting corner, and mark this dimension in pencil. Use a plumb bob and snap a vertical line on your wall. This will be your true guide line for vertical. Check your floor for level. If your floor isn't level, then you will not want to use your molding as a guide. Measure the height of the cork wall tile and subtract 1-inch. Measure up from the top of the molding and mark the wall in pencil. Snap a horizontal chalk line that is level at this mark. This gives you a straight starting point.

  3. Place your first cork tile above and lined up with the horizontal chalk line so that the tile is just touching the corner. Set your compass to 1-inch. Drag your compass down the corner, marking the tile with the pencil. Remove the tile and cut along the pencil line with heavy duty shears. This is called scribing, and it allows you to cut your waste side to exactly fit the crooked corner while still keeping your tiles straight both vertically and horizontally by positioning them using your guide lines. (Measure and cut out any electrical outlets as well.)

  4. Remove the backing from the cork tile and position the tile so that it touches both the horizontal and vertical chalk lines. It should fit the corner edge perfectly. Use a heavy rubber roller to bring the adhesive into good contact with the drywall. Scribe (use the compass) the cork tile that will fit in the bottom corner next. You will need to scribe the side and the bottom and cut both to fit the contour of the corner and the molding.

  5. Fit tile to the wall so there are no gaps by scribing and trimming the cut edges. Finish by nailing a finish nail in each corner to prevent the corners from rising.

  6. Tip

    It is difficult to remove wall tiles from drywall without damaging the drywall. Consider mounting thin luan to the wall first and then mounting the cork to the luan. This will reduce your nail holes and make it easier to remove with less damage in the future.