How to Install Wainscoting on a Bullnose Corner

Rounded wainscoting will lend a seamless look to a wall.
Rounded wainscoting will lend a seamless look to a wall. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Installing wainscoting on flat surfaces is straightforward: simply ensure appropriate wall measurements are made, transfer those measurements to the wainscoting and properly secure the wainscoting to the wall. The task is more complex when installing wainscoting on bullnose corners; the process, however, is similar to bending drywall around a corner.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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Measure the height of wainscoting for the corner.

Measure the width of the wainscoting to fit around the corner with a fabric measuring tape.

Cut the wainscoting to the appropriate length and width.

Make horizontal cuts halfway into the back of the wainscoting. The cuts should begin and end a half inch from the sides of the wainscoting. Space the cuts at 2-inch intervals.

Dampen the sponge with warm water and press the sponge into the back of the piece of wainscoting. Coat the entire back with water, and allow the water to soak in for a few minutes.

Press the wainscoting into the corner while it's still wet and bend it around the corner. The water allows the wainscoting to bend.

Nail the wainscoting in place while it's still wet. The piece will retain its bent shape as it dries.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work quickly once the wainscoting is wet. Do not allow the wainscoting to dry before you attach it to the corner.


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