Glue a cork wall according to its purpose

When attaching and gluing a cork wall, the material thickness and later use determine the procedure. Basically, gluing cork is one of the simple manual work. In order to achieve long and functional results, some factors and thoughts are helpful in planning and implementation.

From rolled goods to rigid panels

Cork can be used as wall cladding as a purely visual material or it can take on additional functions. The most common useful and effective extensions are insulation tasks for noise and heat and use as a pin board. Both the required material thickness and the appropriate substrate preparation depend on the range of functions.

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Cork is available in many different strengths. The thinnest versions between two and five millimeters are offered as rolls. With this choice, fastening the cork wall corresponds to wallpapering thicker types of wallpaper.

Cork in plate form moves between three and eight millimeters for decorative cork. If pin board properties are desired, the most common thicknesses are five, eight and ten millimeters. Insulation, which can also be used as a pin board, starts at around eight millimeters. From these strengths onwards, gluing can be compared to tiling a wall.


The weight of the cork depends not only on the material thickness but also on the grain size. There are three types of grain:

  • Fine grain is the heaviest
  • Medium grain
  • Coarse grain is the easiest

A cork sheet ten millimeters thick weighs around 1.5 kilograms per square meter. Almost all adhesives that fit the subsurface involved carry this "lightweight" without any problems.

Types of glue

Cork is a water-sensitive material. Therefore, adhesives with shrinkage behavior are not suitable. In addition to special cork adhesives, the following adhesives are suitable:

  • Wood glue (6.49 € at Amazon *)
  • Acrylic glue
  • Two-component adhesive

Conventional wallpaper paste is not suitable.

Apply and distribute

In general, cork can be attached to all kinds of surfaces with the right adhesive. In the case of strongly and / or unevenly absorbent surfaces, a primer or sealant must be applied. Cork should always be glued vertically over the entire surface. When laying floor slabs horizontally, for example, glue dots are sufficient.

Tips & Tricks Even if you choose cork only for visual reasons, consider the beneficial properties of the natural material on the room climate and the insulating effect. Instead of wallpaper, thicker panels can, for example, additionally insulate the wall towards the neighbor.