How to Install Metal Corner Bead

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-50
What You'll Need
Metal beads
A round saw or tin snips
A screw driver, preferably power one
Drywall screws - 1 and 1/2 inch
Measuring tape

A corner bead is the type of slender plastic or metal edging strip used to cover the outside part of a wall. It is mostly used when installing walls in houses. There are a few different types of beads in the market, meeting various needs and preferences. For instance, there are people who prefer creating a softly rounded corner, while others opt for a square corner. Most experts advise pro metal beads, because they are much stronger and more reliable. Plastic beads might break or crack both during their installation and later in the future. Normally metal is much easier to install and can last forever.

Installing a metal corner bead is not difficult, but it does require you to follow certain tips and hints. You should keep in mind that corner beads are useful because they can enhance the protection of a rather vulnerable and sensitive part of the construction, which is more exposed to wear and tear. Just think how many times you bang against corners with several items or even home devices.

Here is how you can install a metal corner bead in a few easy steps.

Step 1 – Preparation

The first thing you need to do before starting with your project is measure the corners and decide on the size of the beads you want to use. You should buy beads that are long and large enough to cover the entire corner. Do not buy smaller ones, because if you use smaller bits together you will probably create an unpleasant aesthetic result. We are talking about your house, so appearance is quite important.

Step 2 – Cutting the Beads

When you buy the beads, you might need to cut them to the proper length. Cut them using the round saw or the tin snips, but use the measuring tape to ensure the length. When cutting, make sure that the beads you have are neither bent nor dented.

Step 3 – Placing the Beads

When you have the beads cut to the length you want, you should start placing them over the outside corners. Use the drywall screws countersinking them to the edges of the beads. You should alternate the sides and use the 1 and ½ inch screws, screwing them every 10 inches. Countersinking the screws is necessary if you want to cover the dimple with mud. It is recommended to check if the screws are properly sunk into the wall using a mud knife. If you hear a clicking sound, you probably need to fasten the screws a little more.

Extra Tip – Use Nails or Screws

This is a question for many people who haven’t installed metal beads before. In general it is recommended to use screws and a power screw driver to ensure proper installation. You will have a better control over the screws and beads when using a power screwdriver than when using a hammer and nails.