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How to Wallpaper and How to Hang Wallpaper Correctly

Pasting the paper with wallpaper paste

If you are going to use wallpaper in your home you will need the right tools. As we have pointed out many times, get the best tools you can afford as this will save you a lot of time and hassle. In this project we will take you through the steps involved in how to wallpaper a room, wallpapering around windows and doors and how to hang wallpaper correctly.

Wallpapering Tools you will Need

You will need the following items:

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • spirit level
  • paperhanging scissors
  • pasting table
  • paste bucket
  • pasting brush
  • paper-hanging brush
  • seam roller
  • sharp hobby knife or proprietary wallpaper trimming knife
  • overlap adhesive if you are using washable or vinyl paper

Preparation Before you Start Papering

Make sure the surface of your wall is free from flaking paint or grease and never paper over existing wallpaper. The paste on the new wallpaper can soak through to any existing wallpaper, dissolving it and before you know it you will have both wall coverings on the floor. There is a problem solving section at the bottom of this project.

If the wall you are papering is already painted it’s a

great idea to paint a line with a 25mm brush on the wall where it meets the ceiling or skirting. The line should be as close to the colour of the paper as possible so if your cuts are not 100% neat the backing wall does not stick out like a sore thumb.

Most wallpapers come in a standard size of 530mm wide and 10.5m long. Woodchip paper and lining paper along with a few other “specials” come in longer or differing width rolls.

Measure round the room for the number of rolls you need using the chart below. Make sure all the rolls of paper you buy all have the same batch number on them and do not be tempted to try and “stretch” the quantity you need.

If there are windows and doors in the room do not deduct rolls for them. There will be wastage and if you run out of paper it may be very hard to get 1 roll extra with exactly the same colour match. It is much better to buy 1 roll more than you need. You will always have some paper left over to patch up if necessary.

Calculate the Number of Wallpaper Rolls You Need

Perimeter of Room

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