How to Hang Wallpaper

Regardless of whether you choose to make a statement with something loud and bold or opt for a neutral design, wallpaper is back, and it looks like it’s here to stay! Here’s what you need to know about choosing and hanging it the right way.

Choosing Your Wallpaper

Ultimately, choosing wallpaper for your home is a very personal thing. Forget about obsessing too much around current design trends and select something that really speaks to you – something that makes you feel happy and at home. For more tips on choosing the right wallpaper, take a look at our previous blog post here.

Things to Remember when Hanging Your Wallpaper

While hanging wallpaper is not as daunting as you think, it’s worth considering that it’s not a completely straightforward process. If not done correctly, the paper can start to lift, bubble and peel soon after it has been applied.

Here are some things to remember in order to avoid this and to be able to enjoy your chosen design for many years to come.

Clean the Wall First

The first step is to give the wall on which you intend to hang your wallpaper a thorough clean. This will make it easier for the wallpaper to adhere more strongly when applied. Use a soft sponge and some luke-warm, clean water – don’t forget the corners.

It is also essential that the wall surface is as close to perfectly smooth as possible. If it isn’t, it’s time to get sanding!

You will need

Wallpaper and Wallpaper adhesive, a wooden batten (to stop the paper from rolling up when you apply the adhesive), a plumb line and spirit level, smoothing brush, tape measure, pencil, paste brush or roller and a drop cloth.

Make Sure that You Choose the Right Adhesive

Wallpaper paste might seem like the obvious choice, however, there are instances when another adhesive may perform better, especially if the ‘wallpaper’ that you think you’re hanging is, in fact, vinyl. Check the label beforehand to avoid any costly mistakes.

Order Extra

You’ll probably think that you’re saving money by measuring the exact amount of wallpaper that you’ll need. However, whether you’re a professional or not, you can be pretty certain that mistakes will happen during the hanging process. Therefore, it pays to round up your measurements, or even to buy an extra roll or two, in order to account for this.

Once you have measured the width of all the walls that you want to cover, divide the total width by 53cm – this is the standard width of most wallpaper rolls, although you should check your chosen wallpaper width first! This will give you the number of drops you need. Then measure the height of your room and multiply this figure by the number of drops from the previous calculation, which will give you your total meterage. Remember to add 10% more for wastage and other mishaps…

Plan Ahead

Do you know exactly where your seams are going to be? If you don’t, your pattern is going to end up mismatched slap-bang in the middle of the wall. Plan strategically before you start the process to avoid disappointment and nasty surprises later on.

If your wallpaper has any sort of pattern work away from the window area into the darkest corners of the room. If it’s a heavy pattern choose a central point such as a fireplace, or a central point between two windows.

Know How to Troubleshoot

Prep your paper by cutting enough lengths to cover one wall, put them onto your pasting table and carefully apply your paste working from one end to the other. Fold each length loosely – but don’t crease them. Unfold your first length and press it gently against the top of the wall. As you hang the rest, be sure that the pattern matches up before you smooth them down.

Don’t freak out if you notice a few bubbles here and there. The chances are good that they’ll disappear once the adhesive dries and the wallpaper settles. If not, it’s quite easy to make them less noticeable by puncturing them with a pin, gently flattening them and pressing the air out.

If it all seems like too much trouble and effort to hang wallpaper yourself, hire an affordable interior design company like Darkie Designs to lend a hand. Contact us today to learn more.

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