How To Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be a great way to add personality and interest to your home, but it can also be expensive to hire someone else to do it for you. Hanging wallpaper may sound like an intimidating task, but with a few simple steps, anyone can do it. With a little bit of DIY know-how, you can easily hang your own wallpaper – and we’re here to show you how! Our step-by-step guide will take you through everything you need to know, from choosing the right wallpaper for your project, to measuring and cutting it perfectly. So why not give it a go?

Step 1. Choosing the right wallpaper

Choosing the right wallpaper isn't easy, but if you take the time to consider all aspects of it, you'll be rewarded with a space that looks beautiful and last for years. Washability ratings tell you how easy it is to clean your wallpaper without risk of damage - especially important when small children are involved! You’ll also want to consider the application method as well as light fastness and removal before starting your decorating project. Make sure you read our handy Wallpaper Care Symbols page which details all four of these topics and you'll be armed with all the information you need to make wise decisions about what's best for your space. With a bit of research and planning, picking out wallpaper can become an enjoyable experience that ends with walls looking as wonderful as you'd hoped!

Step 2. Inspect each roll carefully

When your wallpaper arrives, be sure to inspect each roll carefully. Although this may be the leastglamorous portion of the task, lack of attention to detail could mean an unsatisfying result. Makesure that each roll has the same batch number, and check for colour variations or other faultswhich would mean it needs to be replaced. Additionally, double-check you have enough rolls forthe job so that you don’t have any last-minute rushing about halfway through the job. By takingtime at this stage, you can set yourself up for a successful and satisfying wallpapering project.And remember - no claims can be accepted after wallpaper is cut and hung for any defects whichwould have been apparent at the time of hanging. So be sure to give each roll thorough attentionbeforehand.

Step 3. Get prepared!

Before hanging any wallpaper, your walls should first be properly prepared. Take a good look at your walls - they should be clean and dry and as smooth as possible. Any powdery or flaky surfaces should be scraped o, while any absorptive surfaces should be primed with an oil-based primer and allowed to fully dry. In addition, ensure there are no old bits of wallpaper or loose paint hanging around. If the wall has been painted in the past, roughening it with sandpaper is recommended.Finally, for best results we suggest cross-lining with a quality lining paper - this will help the adhesion of your wallpaper when hanging. With dark coloured wallpapers you may need to colour the edges with a pencil crayon in a similar tone to conceal white edges. Once you've done all this prep work and allowed everything to dry out completely, you'll then be ready for hanging your wallpaper.

Step 4. Time to Hang Your Wallpaper

Step four is hanging the wallpaper, and it requires careful attention and finesse. Our wallpapers are 'paste the wall' and so you have to apply a high quality ready mixed paste directly to the wall, and not the back of the wallpaper. Self-mix pastes, all-purpose and heavy-duty pastes aren't suitable for hanging this type of wallpaper. 

When applying your paste evenly across the wall, be sure to cover an area slightly wider than the width of the roll of wallpaper. Taking great care, fit each length carefully, butting them together without creasing or bubbles. To drive out any unwanted air pockets, use a decorator's brush to smooth down each length from centre outwards - it may take extra time, but will ensure a professional finish and an aspirational look when you're done hanging your desired design.

Take extra care to avoid squeezing paste out of the joins and keep hands clean while hanging to prevent damage to the wall-covering. Additionally, any paste that comes into contact with the surface should be wiped off gently while still moist using a clean damp sponge, but do not rub the edges. Using a sharp knife or scissors, trim off any excess along the edges of the wallpapers.Finally, it's important to ensure that your wall hangings are firmly adhered as loose wall hangings can create a fire hazard. With these final steps completed, now it's time to stand back and admire your hard work!

With these few steps, you can ensure that hanging wallpaper is carried out with the utmost precision and accuracy. Done correctly, hanging wallpaper can be an immensely satisfying task that yields spectacular results!


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