Jerry McCall, the creator of Stikwood peel and stick wood planks, cutting reclaimed wood on a table saw.

How Stikwood Is Made

Stikwood is the original peel and stick real wood wall and ceiling planks designed for the DIYer and professional. We take real reclaimed weathered wood from around the country and deliver it, and it's authentic story, directly to you, so you can create the most amazing spaces.

Lovingly, over time, by mother nature.

Sure, we take each reclaimed plank and mill the wood, make the back sticky and ship it to you... but the real work was done by mother nature herself. Our job is to make sure it comes to you the way she intended.

If you haven't seen Stikwood, make sure to order a sample (we recommend the Reclaimed Weathered Wood). When you hold a piece, you can sense time. It feels good in your hand, like you've known it forever. Years of wind, snow, sun, rain and life are etched into each piece. Nail holes grace some boards and cracks and knots give it a relaxed character.

When the wood paneling is placed together on a wall or ceiling, the combined effect is one of authentic beauty—of natural art. In the case of our Naturally Weathered Wood, if you close your eyes and listen, you might hear the bison scratching themselves against the fence posts in the woods' former life.

There are other products out there that replicate the weathering through painting, printing or some mechanical process but they just can't do what mother nature can—and you can definitely see and feel the difference.

  • Real reclaimed wood waiting at the factory to be milled into planks.

The Journey to Our Factory

Stikwood's peel and stick planks are made from both responsibly sourced reclaimed wood and sustainably harvested wood found throughout the United States. We scour the country for wood with character and soul, and ship it to our factory in Grand Rapids, MI. Whether it started its life as a barn in Colorado, horse fencing in Nebraska or wine barrels in Sonoma, we honor the wood by giving it new life. This allows us to do our part in protecting the natural environment while offering you a product you can feel good about owning.

  • Unlike our competitors, we take each plank and mill it to the perfect thickness. The thin design means the boards are strong, but flexible enough to conform to your wall and stay stuck.

Crafting the Perfect Plank

Before we take the plank and mill it, we dry it to remove any excess moisture. This makes the plank stable and helps keep pests and moisture-seeking critters at bay. The planks are then sorted for quality and milled to thickness and width.

When designing Stikwood we learned that a thin plank was best! This may seem counter intuitive, but thicker planks in a peel and stick format can cause problems. Thinner planks are slightly flexible, so they hug your wall or ceiling, and stay stuck—strong and lightweight yet flexible enough so they don't overpower the adhesive.

Because they are thin, we also get more yield from each board and it costs less to ship lightweight planks— Our reclaimed wood planks are up to 40% lighter per square foot than traditional planks meaning it takes less energy to ship the finished product to you!

There are other advantages as well. Our thin plank design means that installation at electrical outlets and existing baseboards are easy, and many people have discovered that they can be installed on walls that curve as well. Thinner is better!

  • Adhesive foam strips are applied to the back of each plank. The thin planks and foam adhesive form to your wall and stay stuck.

Making Each Plank Peel+Stick

Next we apply adhesive to the back of the planks. We use the highest quality adhesive (trust us, a lot of salesmen try and sell us cheaper adhesives, but we know what works) and make sure that when you are ready to install Stikwood all you have to do is peel the backing, stick it to the wall and roll the planks. We have explored all the ways to make this happen and how we build our planks means your wall or ceiling will be beautiful, and long lasting.

Reclaimed, Reused, Responsible

Our wood is sustainable, and our process is virtually waste-free. We are proud of this and are constantly looking for ways to further reduce our impact on the world. We use the smaller extra pieces that are created during the cutting process to make our wall art and samples, and all of our sawdust is collected, compressed into briquettes and used to generate clean power for our nearby communities. Sustainability isn't just about ecology, we see it as a commitment to our community, our people, and our collective future.

Ready to find the perfect Stikwood style for your space?

Head over to our shop and start dreaming! Don’t forget to send us a peek of your work when you’re done!

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