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How to Install Stikwood in Three Easy Steps

By: Adam Ribaudo
Posted In: Design Log

If you’re like us, your desire to transform interior spaces flows from different rooms to the ceiling. Our products are the perfect compliment to any home refresh project, created with you in mind. Before your shipment of Stikwood planks arrive, prepare yourself by reading our step-by-step guide below. You can also check out our Work Bench page for other helpful tools to transform your favorite spaces into welcoming cornerstones in your home.

1. Prepare Your Space

Before removing the adhesive peel from the back of the Stikwood planks, unwrap the wood and allow it to acclimate for at least 48-72 hours before installing.

  • Be sure the surface has been painted or primed. If painting before installing, ensure that the paint is completely dry for at least 4-5 days before installing.
  • Dry-wipe the surface to clear away any loose dirt or dust. Remove all debris including nails from the wall.

SEE ALSO: Prepping your Project

2. Setting the First Plank

Ceilings aren’t always straight, so it’s best to create your own level line to work off of when you first start.

  • Draw a line using a level 15”-20” down the wall.
  • Remove the adhesive strips off of the back of the plank and place on the reference line.
  • Use your J Roller across the face of the board. Be sure to use a good amount of pressure. Our adhesive is a pressure sensitive adhesive and relies on this pressure.

DIY TIP: Stikwood planks can be applied vertically, horizontally or in a pattern such as chevron or herringbone.

SEE: How to Start

3. Cut, Place, Stik, Repeat.

Continue to install each plank working off of your reference line. Think of it as a puzzle, but from the inside to the outside edges!

You may have to rip the boards widthwise in order to fit the top or bottom of your space.

SEE: Ripping to Width

Watch your project comes to life, plank by plank. Below are a few tips to remember when installing Stikwood:

  • Lay out all of your boards on the floor to get an idea of which plank you’d like to place where.
  • It’s best to work one row of planks at a time. Avoid having to wedge a board in between two boards.
  • Avoid gaps by placing each board closely next to one another.
  • As the installation progresses, be sure to properly plan for any outlets or vents that permanently live on your wall.
  • Don’t throw away the scraps or short boards from your cuts just yet. You may need them later to complete your design.
  • Take a step back after every few planks, so you don’t lose sight of the overall design.
  • Lastly, have fun! Ask the family to join and make a day out of it. You’ll be proud of your accomplishment!

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