How To Hang Wallpaper The Correct Way

Installing wallpaper takes more than just placing the paper in water and hanging it on the wall. The first piece that you hang is the most important, because all of the rest of the pieces will line up with the first one that you hang.

If your first strip of wall paper isn’t straight, then none of the ones that you add after it will be straight. You can use a carpenters line to make sure that you get the paper straight.

If you’ve chosen a wall paper that needs to be matched up, you’ll want to consider where to put your first and last piece. The last piece that you hang isn’t going to match up with the first piece. You’ll want to have them meet in a area of your room where it won’t be as noticeable.

Since very few walls are actually plumb, you’ll need to establish a completely straight line as your starting point. You can do this with a carpenters plumb bob and a level.

Measure the width of the paper and mark it at the top at the ceiling. Use the plumb bob to get a straight line and mark it, use the level to make sure that the string is hanging straight before marking your lines. If your walls are really bad, you’ll need to do this for the first piece of paper that you hang on each wall.

If your wall paper has large even designs that are in rows, you’ll want to start the design at the ceiling. Cut the wall paper 2″ longer than you want it at the top to allow for fitting it into the corner around the ceiling.

A straight edged razor or a utility knife is the best tools to cut your wall paper. The more even the cutting line is, the better your finished project will look. Allow a little extra wall paper at the bottom as well to allow for uneven floors or base boards.

Prepasted wall papers only need to be soaked in water to activate the adhesive paste. If you’ve purchased wall paper that isn’t prepasted, you’ll need to purchase a high quality wall paper paste to apply to the paper yourself.

Wall paper trays are very inexpensive and will make the job much easier. They’re simply a long pot that resembles a window flower box, they’re made wide enough for the wall paper to fit into the water easily.

After you’ve got your strip of paper cut, roll it up loosely and immerse it into the water for around 15 seconds to activate the adhesive. If you need to apply paste to the paper, you’ll need a long narrow table to unroll the paper onto and apply the paste with a brush or roller.

Hang the first piece of wall paper lining it up with the straight line that you marked on the wall. You can purchase a wall paper brush to smooth the paper out or you can use a soft, damp cloth.

Start at the top of the wall paper and smooth it out all the way to the bottom. You’ll need to take extra care to make sure that you smooth out all of the air bubbles and get the paper completely against the wall so that it will adhere properly.

Once you’ve got the wall paper all smooth and there’s no air bubbles visible, it’s time to cut the edges. You should only use a really sharp blade to cut the edges, a dull blade will result in unsightly jagged edges.