How to Hang Wallpaper

Taking Measurements
First Step: Room Measurements
The room’s total perimeter should be measured in meters. Don’t forget to include the windows and doors. Divisions should be made based on the paper’s width. Standard rolls of wallpaper are as wide as 0.53m, so you should be dividing by 0.53.


Second Step: Do Some Math
In meters, the room’s height should be multiplied by the amount of width necessary to accommodate the wallpaper length. This number should be divided by the roll’s length. Standard rolls of wallpaper tend to be 10m long, and as such, you should be dividing by 10. The number you get will determine the amount of rolls required.
Be sure to purchase a couple of extra rolls. Don’t worry – unopened rolls can be refunded!

Suggestion: make sure that you fully strip your walls of existing wallpaper first. Watch the following short video to learn how wallpaper can easily be removed one step at a time.

Wall Preparation
Before any cracks are filled, you must first remove the old paper, as well as all loose plaster and paint. Use sugar soap to thoroughly wash walls afterward.

How to Properly Cut Wallpaper

First Step: Measure the Wall’s Height
10 cm should be added to the wall measurement to compensate for trimming. The first strip should be cut with wallpaper scissors.

Second Step: Cut Another Strip
The first strip can be used as a template to cut the second one. If there are patterns on your wallpaper, ensure that things are lined up properly before any cutting is done.

Adhesive Mixing

The wallpaper adhesive should be prepared prior to pasting. The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed to the letter.

How to Properly Paste Wallpaper

Wall Pasting
Certain paper types let you paste a wall, as opposed to soaking wallpaper strips onto pasting tables. When hanging these kinds of wallpaper, use a paint roller to cover up a portion of your wall with adhesive. From there, the wallpaper can be unrolled from the corner of your wall, top to bottom. Use a wallpaper brush to smooth the paper down as you do so. Any excess paper can be trimmed at the end.

Follow these steps if you are using traditional wallpaper:

First Step: Place Wallpaper Strips onto a Pasting Table, Face Down
When making the paste, stick to a manufacturer’s guidelines.

Second Step: Add Paste Onto the Other Side of the Paper
Use outward and upward motions with a pasting brush when applying paste onto the other side of the paper.
If necessary, let the strip with paste on it soak. This “soak time” gives the wallpaper time stretch to full-width capacity (horizontally, not vertically) after adhesive is applied on the other side. The label will reveal the soak duration necessary (for example, five minutes).

Third Step: Fold the Strip’s Ends Inward (Towards the Center Of Its Length)
If a strip is particularly long, the paper can be folded so it resembles a concertina.

We can now hang the wallpaper.
Suggestion: ensure you are using a clean and dry pasting table. It should be paste-free.
Refrain from brushing inward from the edge of the paper. Doing so can add paste to the pattered area. In the event that this happens, use a sponge and immediately wipe it off.

Is lining paper necessary?
If there are imperfections in your wall, or costly/embossed wall coverings are being hung, you are encouraged to first apply lining wallpaper. You can either have lining wallpaper painted over, or have decorative wallpaper applied. Either option will make the surface of your wall smooth.

Before lining paper is applied, be sure to thoroughly clean the wall and fill any holes, sanding them flat, if necessary – the same process involved when decorative paper is applied. For the most part, lining paper tends to be horizontally hung. This is done to bypass alignment of joins between the strips of the decorative paper. If the paper is being painted over, it can be hung vertically.

After hanging your lining paper, wait about 12 hours so that the paper can completely dry before decorative paper or paint is applied.

First Step: Figure Out the Hanging Order
Begin all-over patterns from a window before moving away from it and towards a room’s darkest corner (for both directions).
Center broad-patterned coverings on the breast of a chimney. If a room as a pair of adjacent windows, then center the covering between them.

Second Step: Draw a Downward Line Vertically on the Wall
With a plumb line, use a pencil to draw a line vertically downward onto the wall to be papered. This is to make sure that the pattern remains straight, stopping it from appearing diagonal, which tends to happen on lengthy walls.

Third Step: Place Your First Wallpaper Strip
After unfolding the upper part of the strip’s pasted length, gently press it against the wall’s top portion. Allow a sufficient amount of paper (approximately 50mm) to be trimmed from the ceiling. The length can be smoothed into place with a papering brush. From there, match the vertical line with the edge and take out any remaining air bubbles.

Fourth Step: Ceiling Trimming and Skirting
The bristles on a brush’s end can be used to tap the wallpaper gently where the skirting and ceiling meets the wall. When trimming excess paper, a line should be marked down from the wallpaper’s corner. Ease the wallpaper apart with the end of a pair of scissors before trimming it. The wallpaper can be brushed back into position.

Fifth Step: Give the Wall Some Extra Strips
The second wallpaper strip can be placed beside the first one before smoothing it into position. Ensure that a butt joint is seamlessly created. Be sure that it matches the pattern when you position every subsequent strip.
Apply the wallpaper into a corner, and allow an overlap of 20mm to encompass the angle. Refrain from working around corners with an entire paper width, because corners generally aren’t square. Doing so could result in the length being crookedly hung.

Suggestion: when feasible, the first wallpaper strip should be hung on a windowless/doorless wall.
Refrain from getting paste on your wallpaper’s front end. If this happens, gently take it off with a dampened sponge.
If there are large patterns on the design, begin at the middle of a certain feature, like a main wall or a chimney breast. Ensure that a complete motif is at the wall’s top when cutting paper with large patterns.
Extra pieces cut off can be used above windows or doors.

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