As most DIY enthusiasts know, hanging wallpaper has the reputation of being a tricky job if you’re a novice. The truth is, as long as you avoid wallpaper with complicated designs and patterns with horizontal lines (because they have to be matched up perfectly), hanging wallpaper couldn’t be easier.
Here are some professional tips to give you that papered feature wall you’ve always wanted. Start with one wall, and tackling a room will be child’s play.
Pro Tip: If the room and/or woodwork need painting, do all of this before wallpapering.
Take a look at our simple guide to help you estimate how much wallpaper you’ll need.
Note: as you cut, number each length of paper on the inside and mark an arrow in the direction it should go.
The first hang is the most difficult. Once you get this sorted, the rest will come pretty easily.
Note: for ease of use, you can buy ready-made PVA, but it’s clearly much cheaper to mix your glue yourself. Typically, the mixture is 5 part water to 1 part glue. Note also that some wallpaper are ‘Paste-the-wall’, or ‘Ready-pasted’. For the purpose of this article, we’re using ‘Paste-the-paper’ wallpaper.Most modern wallpaper (especially those used for featured walls) don’t need liners. However, if you’re using paper liner, please see manufacturers’ specifications before applying.
Pro Tip: Choose a wall that has no windows or doors. This makes it easier for measuring and gauging whether your first piece of wallpaper is exactly straight or not.
Now you’ve finished one wall, the next one will be much easier and quicker. All you have to do now is sit back and admire your handiwork, as wallpaper – even on one feature wall - can inject fun and style to an otherwise plain room.
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