How to hang wallpaper

Learn how to hang wallpaper with our step-by-step video guide

Tips on how to hang wallpaper

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to hang wallpaper, but are too scared of ending up tangled in lengths of paper or covered in paste, fear not!

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper to make sure your home decorating project is as painless as possible.

Before you begin to hang your wallpaper, you must first decide what style will suit your tastes and your home. Are you after modern, country or traditional wallpaper? Do you want a patterned or a tonal wallpaper?

Once you’ve ordered your design, it’s important to check your rolls all have the same batch reference number so that the printed colours match exactly.

Prepare walls for wallpapering

Then, ensure that your walls are properly prepared by carefully removing any old wall covering or flaky paint and then washing the walls down with sugar soap, to remove any greasy marks or dirt.

Make sure walls are smooth, clean and perfectly dry, before you begin to hang your wallpaper.

How to measure and paste wallpaper

Cut your first length of wallpaper so it overlaps the ceiling and skirting by at least 5cm at each end. All subsequent lengths must be cut to allow for the pattern repeat – so that the edges match up and the pattern is even across the wall.

For example, if your drop is 240cm and the pattern repeat is 25cm, you will need to cut lengths of 275cm to allow for one whole pattern repeat, plus the 5cm at each end.

Mix the wallpaper paste, following the instructions. If your wallpaper isn’t of the super-easy paste-the-wall variety, use a pasting table and pasting brush to apply paste to the length of paper, working from the centre outwards and making sure the edges are covered. Avoid getting paste on the printed side.

Loosely fold both ends of the cut length of wallpaper into the centre, pasted sides together (without creasing it), before loosely folding in half again. This prevents the paste from drying out before you hang the wallpaper, allowing you to prepare two or three lengths at a time.

Extra wallpapering advice

Always start hanging wallpaper in the middle of a wall or chimney breast and work outwards so that the paper lengths meet in an inconspicuous place in the room.

Use a plumb line to mark a vertical line on your wall, then begin by unfolding the top half of your first prepared strip, slide the wallpaper onto the wall so that it’s lined up and then unfold the rest.
Smooth out any bubbles, working from the centre out. Carefully trim off any excess at the top and bottom, using a craft knife and a metal rule.

Hang your next piece of wallpaper, making sure that you match the pattern exactly. Wipe off any excess paste from the paper with a damp sponge as you go along and lightly seal the matching edges with a seam roller after hanging each new piece.

Finally, be sure to think about the following details: If the wallpaper you have chosen has a large pattern repeat, be sure to allow extra length when cutting so that you don’t have a problem matching up seams perfectly.

For particularly uneven walls, it’s worthwhile putting up lining paper first. This will create a far smoother and, ultimately, more stylish finish.

If you’re still uncertain about pasting the wallpaper without tearing or creasing it, consider using paste the wall papers, or even trading wallpaper for wall stickers – they still have a smart finish.

Shop for your wallpaper kit:

Paste Table

Blue Bucket

Solvite Ready Mixed Wallpaper Paste

Plumb line and bob

Pasting brush

Scissors

Wallpaper scraper

Seam roller

Paper-hanging brush

Decorator Sponge

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