Fix a cork wall with glue, nails or screws

If a cork wall is made of thin material such as rolled goods, only gluing is available as a vertical fastening method. Cork from around five millimeters thick forms stable panels. They can also be nailed or screwed. Some material-specific properties must be observed in order to guarantee permanent hold.

Provide a durable surface

A cork wallpaper with an exclusively optical function is wallpapered on the wall like a conventional wallpaper. However, normal wallpaper paste must not be used, as cork is very sensitive to moisture. Shrinkage and tearing are typical damage that can occur when drying.

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

Glue the cork wall

Gluing can be used as a fastening for cork wallpaper and single panels. Gluing over the entire surface is required in any case. With panels, gluing is the same as tiling a wall. The elasticity of the cork allows joint-free butt jointing.

Nail the cork wall

If the substrate gives nails a hold, nailing the wall panels directly onto the wall is not a problem. The following factors should be taken into account:

  • The minimum distance between the nails and the corners and edges of the cork is ten centimeters
  • Carry out four corner nail points and at least one central nail point
  • Distance between nails is thirty centimeters at most for decorative walls and twenty centimeters for pin boards
  • Use nails with a broad head or place a suitable washer around the nail hole
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Screw the cork wall

If the ground does not allow nails, drill holes with dowels can support the cork wall. When installing the wall panels, the same factors should be considered as when nailing. "Ugly" screw heads can be countersunk two to three millimeters if the cork is sufficiently thick (from eight millimeters). The holes can be covered with small pressed-on cork inserts.

Mixed form

In particular, if the cork wall is to be used intensively as a pin board, wood is recommended as a substructure. The cork is glued over the entire surface like when a picture is drawn up on a wooden plate. The panels with or without a frame are screwed to the wall as a wooden wall construction.

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