Create unique focal points or accent walls to add depth to your room.

How to Attach Faux Rocks to Walls

by Kristy Robinson

Add texture and character to any room, creating a cabin or old-world look, with a faux rock wall. Faux rocks come in many forms, including thin veneer stones, plastic panels or cast concrete. These lightweight, inexpensive options are easily installed by the novice Do-It-Yourselfer, look great in any room of your home and require little maintenance once on the wall. No masonry degree is required, and your friends will not know the rocks are not real unless you tell them.

Move furniture and any removable items from the room, including outlet face plates. Remove screws, nails and any other hanging apparatus from the wall.

Cover the floor with plastic sheeting. Tape the sheeting along the edges of the floor with masking tape.

Place the faux rocks in the room where you are installing them. Leave enough space between the rocks and the wall to allow you to maneuver between them during installation. Let them sit for 24 hours to acclimatize to the temperature and humidity in that room.

Cover windows and doors that are scattering direct sunlight onto the faux rocks to block the sun. Turn off any heat sources that come into direct contact with the rocks.

Sweep the wall to remove any loose debris. Brush over textured surfaces with a wire brush to remove any loose debris, and then sweep to remove smaller particles left behind.

Drag a level across the floor to find the highest point along the wall. Stand one rock up against the wall at this point. Hold the rock flat against the wall and make a small mark at the highest point in the rock. Set the rock aside.

Place a straightedge against the small mark horizontally. Draw a line, at the mark, along the edge of the ruler. Move the straightedge as needed to create a line across the length of the wall. This is your guideline for installing the rocks.

Lay your rocks out along the floor to plan their layout. Place larger rocks first and then fill in any gaps with smaller rocks.

Pick up the rock closest to the bottom center of your design layout. Apply a bead of adhesive to the back of the rock. Cant the rock slightly and then press it to the wall. Twist the rock into place, matching your design layout.

Continue installing the rocks in this manner, working from the center bottom of the design outward toward the walls and up to the ceiling.

Measure rocks along the perimeter of the wall for cutting by first setting them in place and measuring how far they overlap the surrounding rocks. Trim this measurement from the edge of the rock that touches the wall per manufacturer instructions. Install the rock.

Remove the plastic sheeting from the floor. Wrap it over top of any leftover rocks you no longer need and any debris from the installation.

Leave the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before installing pictures or replacing the outlet cover plates.

Items you will need

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic Sheeing
  • Masking Tape
  • Broom
  • Wire brush
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge
  • Adhesive
  • Saw


  • Purchase adhesive that is compatible with both your wall surface and the material used in the faux rocks.
  • Create designs with a focal point, such as a circular stone pattern in the middle of the wall, by first marking the focal point height with a level and straightedge. Then place the stones from the circle onto the wall at the focal point first, working outward to maintain the design.

About the Author

Based in southern Virginia, Kristy Robinson has been writing for various websites since 2008. Her work focuses on tutorials and self-help articles. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from American InterContinental University.

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