Fix a cork wall with glue, nails or screws

If a cork wall made of thin material such as rolls, only gluing is available as a vertical attachment. Cork from about five millimeters thick forms stable plates. They can also be nailed or screwed. In doing so, some material-specific properties have to be taken into account to guarantee lasting hold.

Ensure a durable surface

A cork wallpaper with only optical function is wallpapered like a conventional wallpaper on the wall. However, no normal wallpaper paste may be used, as cork is very sensitive to moisture. Shrinkage and tearing are typical damage that can occur during drying.

Both when gluing a cork wall and when nailing or screwing the substrate must be suitable or the walls to be prepared. Larger material thicknesses bring a higher weight. When used as a pin board, the cork must withstand the mechanical stresses permanently.

Glue cork wall

Gluing can be used as a fixing for cork wallpapers and single panels. In any case, a full-surface gluing is required. For plates gluing corresponds to the tiling of a wall. The elasticity of the cork allows a joint-free fitting on push.

Nail cork wall

If the surface is nails, nailing the wall panels directly to the wall is no problem. The following factors should be considered:

  • Minimum distance of the nails to the corners and edges of the cork ten centimeters
  • Perform four corner nail points and at least one center nail point
  • Nail distance at jewelry wall at most thirty, at pinboard twenty centimeters
  • Use nails with a broad head or place a suitable disk around the nail hole

Screw cork wall

If the substrate does not allow nails, drill holes with dowels can support the cork wall. When installing the wall panels, the same factors as when nailing should be observed. "Ugly" screw heads can be sunk with sufficient cork thickness (from eight millimeters) two to three millimeters. The holes can be covered with small pressed cork inserts.

mixed form

In particular, if intensive use of the cork wall is intended as a pin area, wood is recommended as a substructure. The cork is glued over the entire surface as when drawing a picture on a wooden board. The panels with or without frames are screwed to the wall as a wooden wall construction.

Tips & Tricks

With too little fixations with nails or screws, your cork wall can, for example, wave due to the change in room humidity. From areas of one square meter you should always stick.


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