How to Hang Cork Tiles


Cork tiles can add a natural touch to any wall. You can use cork tiles to create a forgiving surface to hang pictures, posters and notes in an office or child's room, or to create a natural accent wall. Installing cork tiles to a wall is an easy way to transform a plain wall. The tiles are mounted using a contact adhesive. Because contact adhesive bonds on contact, it is important to carefully plan and lay out the placement for the tiles before applying them to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Chalk line
  • Contact adhesive
  • Roller pan
  • Paint roller
  • Cork tiles
  • Tile cutter
  • Measure and mark the center point of each side of the wall using a tape measure and pencil.

  • Snap chalk lines from center mark to center mark on opposing sides of the wall to divide the wall into four equal quadrants. To snap a chalk line draw the line from end point to end point and snap it in the center to transfer the line onto the wall.

  • Pour contact adhesive into a roller pan. Roll the roller in the pan to apply adhesive to the roller. Roll on an even coat of adhesive onto the wall and backs of each tile. Allow the adhesive to dry for about 30 minutes or until it is dry to the touch.

  • Align and press each tile in place, starting in the center corner of each quadrant and working your way across the quadrant in rows until the wall is completely covered with cork tiles. Working your way from the center in quadrants will prevent uneven sized tiles on either side of the wall. Press the tiles firmly into place by rubbing over the entire surface of each tile with your hands.

  • Trim any of the tiles that may not fit along the perimeter of each quadrant to size using a tile cutter and press them into their respective places on the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove the cork tiles from their packaging and leave them in the room where you plan to install them for at least four days. This will allow the tiles to adjust to the conditions in the room and prevent a misaligned installation.
  • Leave the cork unfinished for a natural wall treatment or stain or seal it for a more finished look.
  • Apply contact adhesive in a well-ventilated room.

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