Install Cork Wall Panels

Carter Oosterhouse shows how to use cork as wall paneling.


Cork is not just for bottles of wine or message boards, it can also be used as attractive wall paneling. Covering the living room walls with trimmed cork panels creates a warmer, more pleasant space.

Materials and Tools:

1/4-inch tempered board
1/2-inch trim
nail gun
3/4-inch brads
1-inch brads
plastering trowel
utility knife
painters tape
measuring tape




1. Start by measuring the area to be covered with cork, then cut cork pieces and dry fit to the wall.

2. Once all the pieces are cut to fit, adhere them to tempered board.



3. Spread adhesive over the tempered board. Make sure to cover the entire area so pocket holes don’t form once the cork is attached.



4. Place the cork over the tempered board. Position so one side is flush to make it easier to cut the excess cork off.

5. Flip the board over and tape down the flush sides of the cork to the tempered board.



6. Remove the excess cork with a utility knife and then tape the remaining sides to the board.

7. Place the board into place and attach with 3/4-inch brads.



8. Place 1/2-inch trim around the border and the seams of the cork boards and attach with 1-inch brads.

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