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How to Install Stikwood Peel and Stick Wood Planks in 3 Easy Steps

By: Steve Worth
Posted In: Design Log

Installing Stikwood peel and stick wood planks is simple! These 3 easy steps will make sure your Stikwood day is fun and your accent wall looks great. Remember, our award winning support team is just an email/chat/phone call away.

DIY Tip—Keep this page open on a tablet or a phone on install day, and check out our Youtube Channel for install videos.

1. Get your space ready to Stikwood

Let Your Stikwood Relax In Its New Home

Take Stikwood out of the box, unwrap and separate the planks. Leave them in the room they will be installed in for 2-5 days prior to install day.

DIY Tip—Stack the planks into piles by length so plank selection is a little faster on installation day.

Dry and Dust Free is the Way to Be

On Installation day, wipe the surface to make sure it is clean and dust-free. Stikwood sticks really well to a clean, dry, painted surface. If painting right before installing. Remember to let any fresh paint dry for at least 4–5 days (while it may feel dry after 2 days, it needs more time).

DIY Tip—If you are painting, paint the wall a color close in color to your Stikwood so you don’t see any white between the installed boards. If you don’t feel like painting, grab a similar colored sharpie and trace each board after you stick them up, this will accomplish the same thing.

What You'll Need on Install Day

  • Something to cut with
  • Something to measure with
  • Something to mark with
  • Something to stand on to reach the top of the wall

DIY TipStikwooding is the most fun when you have a power chop saw (you can rent one for about $50 a day). For simple cuts, you can easily use a utility knife.

2. Set Your First Planks

On your mark, Get Set, Starting Line

Measure down from the ceiling and draw a level line about eye height across your wall.

DIY Tip—Draw your hero line where it is easy for you to place the first two rows. The measurement from the ceiling just needs to be some multiple of the width of your planks. Our standard planks are 5 inches wide, so drawing the line at 20˝ from the ceiling works perfect.

DIY Tip—if your ceiling isn’t level, you can also start from the baseboard.

Peel & Stik Your First Two Planks

Peel and stick two of the longer planks so they overlap each other about halfway and are even with the starting line.

Finish Your First Two Rows

Alternate placing boards above and below the line, so your first two rows are nice and level.

DIY Tip—Need to cut a board to finish a row?. Place the end of the board to be cut in the corner and mark the point that the plank overlaps the previous board in the row. Quick and easy!

3. Cut, Stik and Roll

Install the Rest Working Off of Your First Two Rows

Think of it as a puzzle, but from the inside to the outside edges! Take a step back after every few planks, so you don’t lose sight of the overall design. Have fun choosing your planks and make sure to place each new board as close as you can to the previous to avoid gaps.

DIY TipStikwood is made from real reclaimed wood. Each board will be unique with it’s own characteristics like knots and nail holes. If you don’t like a part of a board, just cut it out.

DIY Tip—Staggered is beautiful! Two boards that end at or close to same location on a staggered design tend to draw the eye and break the pattern. Make sure each board is staggered.

DIY Tip—With Stikwood, you can just butt up against your existing baseboards. No need to remove them.

DIY Tip—Need to turn a corner, or end your accent in the middle of a wall? Use our wood corner trim and metal edge trim.

Last Row & Corners

'Ripping" the Last Row—The very last row will need to be cut to width lengthwise (or 'ripped'). Use a jigsaw or table saw for this, and work from one corner to the other to limit the number of cuts.

DIY Tip—If using a jigsaw, take it slow, place the board face down and use a blade that cuts up…your cuts will be beautiful.

Use Wood Corner Trim for Outside Corners—Peel+Stik our Wood Corner Trim onto all outside corners first, then butt the planks to the edge of the trim. You can install the planks first and put the trim on top if you prefer.

Use Metal Edge Trim for Ending Your Accent Wall at an Outside Corner or Mid-wall—Peel+Stik our Metal Edge Trim where you need a clean finished edge to an design.

Tips and Tricks for Installing Around Outlets

Butt Up to Outlets—When you reach an outlet, just butt the first board right up to it, This makes the cut in the next board a simple 'L' cut.

Shim the Outlet with a Small Piece of Stikwood.—Using a scrap piece of Stikwood, cut (or snap-off) a few small pieces to shim the outlet out. Just loosen the two screws holding the outlet in place, put the pieces under the flanges and tighten it back up…it's simple.

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Planks

You don't have to be the hulk, but applying pressure is important. Roll the entire surface of each plank with a J-roller. Don't worry, you can’t roll too much. The adhesive is pressure sensitive.

DIY Tip—It takes a few days for the adhesive to set, so keep the J-roller handy and if you see a board that needs it, give it a roll.

Don't Forget to Share!

We LOVE seeing people's finished projects. Take a few photos and tag us on instagram @stikwooddesign. We will share it with our followers and it inspires others!

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