Top Tips – How to Hang Wallpaper

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Putting up new wallpaper can have a dramatic effect on a room, transforming it from something drab into something wonderful. But it can be a surprisingly tricky business!

First of all, don’t rely on the walls and corners to act as a guide – they’re often not as straight as you might think. With that out of the way, it’s time to get onto our main tips; if you’re looking to hang wallpaper in the near future, read on!

What Do You Need?

Before starting any job, you should make sure that you have absolutely everything you could possibly need to complete that job. When it comes to hanging wallpaper, there aren’t a great deal of items you’ll need to invest in, but they’re all important.

Obviously, you’ll need some fantastic wallpaper. That much is obvious. You’ll also need some way of making it stick to the walls, so get some wallpaper adhesive. Apart from that, there are a few tools you’ll need: a paper hanging brush, a stripping knife, a trimming knife and a seam roller. A foldable paste table can’t hurt, either!

Got that? On we go then!

Where Do You Start?

Ideally, you should begin at the corner. Hang your first length on a bare wall – no doors or windows should be interrupting your work at this point. It’s best to work away from windows, as this will stop any overlapping strips from casting shadows.

Also, if your wallpaper features a large pattern, you’ll want to hang the first length over a focal point like a fireplace, working away in both directions from here. This ensures that the design is both central and symmetrical, making sure it looks as amazing as possible.

How Do You Hang Wallpaper?

First of all – take your time. Rushing it will make the job much more stressful, and will usually end up with it not looking anywhere near as good as it could have done. Make sure you have plenty of time in which to do the job and do it well.

To position the first length, use a spirit level to draw a level line from the ceiling to the skirting board. Then place your first length at the top of the wall (after you’ve pasted it!), ensuring the right edge runs down your pencil line. Leave 5cm or so excess at the top if you can, as you can use this for trimming. Hold the paper at both sides and work slowly down; this way you’ll avoid rips and stretching.

Smooth the paper down with the paper hanging brush. Work from the centre outwards, ensuring there are no bubbles in the paper, and making sure the edge keeps dead on that pencil line.

Once the first length is on, crease the paper against the skirting board and ceiling. Then gently pull the paper up enough so that you can cut along the crease, before brushing it down again.

After this, things get a little easier. Fit the next length against the first, making sure the pattern lines up. Once you have a few sheets hanging, use the seam roller and lightly (lightly!) roll down the joins. Carry on until you’re happy with the whole room!

That wasn’t so hard now, was it?

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