How to Hang a Cork Board on Drywall

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Cork is a versatile, green and sustainable material that can be used on almost any surface. Panels of cork can be used to insulate and sound proof, on the floors as a comfortable floor covering and on wall surfaces where the homeowner wants to be able to hang papers or artwork without damaging the wall. Installing cork to drywall is an easy process.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 inch cork wall tiles
  • Hard rubber roller
  • Small finish nails
  • Small hammer
  • Linoleum adhesive (optional)
  • Brush or trowel applicator (optional)

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  1. 1

    Select a cork wall board that is 1/2 inch thick. Push pins will go through thinner cork and leave holes in the drywall.

  2. 2

    Align your cork wall panel to the drywall. Remove the backing sheet and directly apply the cork to the drywall. Cork by the roll may not have its own adhesive back. Trowel or roll on a linoleum adhesive (to both surfaces) as an alternative. Position and press the cork into place.

  3. 3

    Roll the cork to the wall firmly using a hard rubber roller. This will allow the adhesive the best contact with the drywall.

  4. 4

    Hammer small finish nails in each corner of the cork. This will prevent the corners from pulling away from the drywall surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Cork that is applied directly to drywall may be difficult to remove without damaging the drywall. Thin luaun often is mounted to the drywall with the cork glued to the wood. This protects the drywall from damage.

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