How To Install a Cork Wall

Using Cork Rolls or Cork Sheets to Design a Cork Wall & Tacking area

Tools & Materials Needed For A Professional Installation:

  • Sharp Utility Knife, Carpet or Linoleum Blade
  • Adhesive – recommended Henry Brand  #356spacer or #176 (or comparable vinyl adhesive)
    • Carefully follow adhesive manufacturer installation instructions available online at:
  • 3/16” x 5/32” V-Notched Trowel
  • Hammer
  • Brads/Headless Nails

All materials needed, including adhesive, available at True Value, Do It Best or your local hardware store. HENRY BRAND adhesives are available for on-line purchase at , or

Step By Step Instructions [ print this page ]

1) Preparation:
For ease of installation, unwind cork, pre-cut – invert pieces & place weight(s) to flatten. Be sure wall is clean, dry and that the existing surface is secure.

measuring around pipes for cork wall

2) Cutting:
The cork can be trimmed with a utility knife, carpet or linoleum blade. It may require more than one pass.

installing a cork wall

3) Adhesive:
We recommend Henry Brand #356 or #176 applied with a v-notched trowel. Apply 100% adhesive coverage to the wall surface.

spreading adhesive while installing cork wall

4) Installation:
After careful application of adhesive, lightly position the cork sheet*, and press firmly in place (rolling is recommended). Use brads/headless nails in all corners and areas that may not adhere.

placement of cork sheet during cork wall installation

5) Finishing:
Cork is a wood product and can be stained, painted or varnished. We suggest you test on spare piece first. For the perfect built-in bulletin board, you may tack picture frame molding around the cork.

installing a cork wall using rolls and sheets

6) The perfect wall:
Cork wall covering does not show scratches, dents or nail holes. Ideal pin-up area. Absorbs unwanted noises. Easy to maintain. Use fine sandpaper to remove any unwanted marks.

image of installed cork wall

*FOR EASE OF INSTALLATION, we recommend gluing side identified with label on cork roll, to your wall or substrate.

sustainable cork

Cork is a renewable natural resource, recyclable and biodegradable; harvested from the bark of cork trees. Careful management practices have resulted in a steady supply of cork, with future supplies assured as well.