Things You'll Need
Water and mild detergent
Yardstick, carpenter's edge or ruler
Some corkboards are sold with mounting strips. If yours is, use the provided strips according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. You can reinforce them with extra double-sided tape along the top, bottom or sides if need be.
A corkboard is very convenient for organizing and displaying the minutiae of daily life that remain printed on paper even in this electronic age. You can use it to tack messages, greeting cards, reminders and bills to be paid to the wall. Thumbtacks or pushpins do not ruin its cork surface the way they leave permanent, unsightly holes in your wall. You do need to hang your corkboard on a wall so that you can display it securely at eye level. You can avoid any holes in your wall by hanging your board with double-sided tape.
Clean the surface of your wall thoroughly with water and mild detergent or a spray cleaner. Wipe it dry and allow it to dry fully for about two hours.
Cut two strips of double-sided tape to a length about three inches less than the width of your cork board. Cut two more strips of double-sided tape to a length about five inches shorter than the height of your cork board.
Remove an inch or so of backing from one side of one strip of tape that you cut to the width of your board. Measure two inches from the left side of the rear of your corkboard and two inches down from its top. Affix the exposed end of the strip of tape to the point that you measured so that it lines up straight with the edges of your cork board and so that the tape extends horizontally along the width of your corkboard.
Peel off the backing as you affix the entire tape strip to the back of the board. Press down firmly on the remaining backed side as you attach the tape so that it sticks to the corkboard.
Remove an inch or so of backing from one of the strips that you cut to the height of your board. Line the exposed end up so that it touches but does not overlap the left edge of the first strip that you attached and so that the tape points down along the height of the board. Peel off the backing as you apply the entire strip of tape to the board and press down on the remaining backed side as you attach the tape.
Remove an inch or so of backing from the remaining strip that you cut according to the height of your board. Line the exposed end up so that its left vertical edge touches but does not overlap the right edge of the first strip that you attached and so that the tape points down. Peel off the backing as you apply the entire strip of tape to the board and press down on the remaining backed side as you attach the tape.
Peel off an inch or so of backing of your double-sided tape from the remaining strip of tape that you cut according to the width of your board. Affix it to the bottom left side of your board so that it touches but does not overlap the left edge of the bottom end of the vertical strip of tape on the left of the board and so that the tape points horizontally along the width of your board.
Peel away the backing as you attach the rest of the tape to the board. The tape should also touch but not overlap the bottom of the right vertical strip, but do not remove and re-affix the tape if it does not exactly touch the bottom. Avoid overlapping and cut away any overlapped portion with a pair of scissors or a utility knife.
Line the top of the board up against the point on your wall where you would like to hang the top of your board. Draw a line along the wall with a pencil and using the top edge of the board as a guide. Draw lines along the top few inches of each side of the board as well.
Remove the backing of all four strips of tape located on the back of your board. Have someone hold a carpenter's edge, yardstick or ruler on the line you drew on the wall if possible. Hold the top edge of the back of your board at a slight angle against the pencil line so that only the edge touches the line and no other part of the board touches the wall. Line the edge of your board up perfectly with the marked line.
Press down on the front of the board so that the board sticks to the wall. Check with a ruler, carpenter's square or yardstick to be sure it is straight. Remove it immediately and reposition it if it is not. Press down firmly on the surface of the board, up and down and across the areas to which you applied the tape, once it is fully straight. The board is now ready for use.
John DeMerceau is an American expatriate entrepreneur, marketing analyst and Web developer. He now lives and works in southeast Asia, where he creates websites and branding/marketing reports for international clients. DeMerceau graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.