How To Hang
|Tools: Ladder, measuring tape,
level, wallpaper brush, paste brush if you are not using
pre-glued paper, razor, scissors, water tray, seam roller,
wallpaper taping knife
Wallpapering can be a tiresome job, so be sure you take a
whole day to do it right. If you are hanging floor to
ceiling pieces, it will be much easier to have two people;
one to hang the paper and one to guide the paper and keep it
from adhering to the wall before you are ready for it.
1. Always start in a corner. Measure the width of your
paper. From the corner, mark a pencil line ½ less than the
width of your wallpaper on your wall. This is your guideline
and should be perfectly vertical. If you are papering the
entire length of the wall, measure your wall height from
floor to ceiling and cut a piece of wallpaper 4 longer than
2. If you are papering only the bottom half or the top half
of your wall, draw a pencil line at the height you want the
wallpaper to be. Use a level to draw the line the entire
width of the wall and use this as your guideline. From the
corner, mark a pencil line ½ less than the width of your
wallpaper. This is your vertical guideline and should be
perfectly straight. Measure your wall from the floor to the
height you want the wallpaper to be and cut a piece of
wallpaper 4 longer than that measurement.
3. Most paper today is pre-glued. Roll up the cut piece of
wall paper and immerse it in the water tray filled with warm
water. Read your wallpaper directions for immersion time.
This will activate your wallpaper paste. A short strip can
be applied directly to the wall. If your strip is long, lay
the strip glue side up on a table. Fold the lower third of
the paper onto the middle third, paste sides together,
taking care not to crease it.
4. Using the vertical guideline, lay the paper on the wall,
leaving a 2 strip above the ceiling and near the floor,
going from top to bottom. When you are sure the strip is in
place, use your wallpaper brush to gently brush out any
bubbles. You will have 2 of paper that will go right into
the corner and onto the next wall. Brush the paper right
around the corner and pressing into the corner to avoid
5. Using a wide wallboard taping knife as a guide, trim the
top and bottom edges of the paper with a razor or sharp
utility knife. Hold the knife in place and cut at an angle.
6. Follow the same instructions for the second strip of
paper, but make sure you match your pattern together. Let
the edges of the paper just touch along the seam. After
about 15 minutes, use a seam roller to flatten the seam
7. If your corners are not square, you may want to draw your
guideline as you turn the corner of each wall. Cut the last
partial strip on the first wall to only a Ό overlap, and
draw a new guideline on the next wall. If they are fairly
plumb, you can just keep going with the paper.
8. When going around windows and doors, measure the opening
and allow yourself 2 extra so you can just cut into the
door or window with a razor after the paper is applied.
9. Light switches should, of course, be removed before you
begin. Just cut a slit where the switch is and paper right
over it, then razor out the opening.
10. Keep brushing over your wall and use your seam roller.
If you find an edge that wont stick, apply a little glue to
it and brush it out.
11. Go over your entire wall with a damp sponge to remove
any excess glue before it dries onto the paper.
|Also See Wallpaper Tips in the
right column of this page.
Home Tips &
Prepare your walls before you begin. Look for any holes and
fill in with spackle. Sand out any large bumps in your wall.
It is a good idea to size your wall before you begin. Sizing
is just a powder mixed with water that will help the glue to
adhere to the wall and will also make it easier to remove
If you are wallpapering over colored walls, paint the wall
with tinted primer close to the color of your wallpaper to
avoid dark seams showing through.
When choosing your wallpaper, look for the pattern repeat.
If it is a big pattern, you will have more waste and should
order more walllpaper.