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Wallpaper can completely transform your room and express your personal style. If it’s wow-factor you’re after, you’re on to a winner with our stunning range of wallpapers.

But the biggest question on most people’s minds is, how do you hang wallpaper?

It’s a task lots of people leave to the professionals. But learning how to wallpaper a room isn’t as big a challenge as you might think.

In fact, a whopping 70% of our customers hang wallpaper themselves.

We’re sharing our top tips on how to put wallpaper up, and you’ll soon be amazed at your own decorating skills!

Just follow our simple guide below on how to wallpaper a room step-by-step.

Top Tip

If you do find yourself wallpapering over existing wallpaper, dust your wall first and then wipe it down with a damp cloth. Once dry, re-stick any areas that have started to lift before you start hanging your new paper.

First things first

No matter how straight they seem, no house has perfectly vertical walls. This is why many people question where to hang the first piece of wallpaper.

So, before you start to hang your wallpaper, you should draw a straight vertical line to use as your starting point.

From the top left-hand corner of the wall you’re papering, measure 50cm across and mark it with a pencil. Then use a spirit level to draw a straight line down the length of your wall.

How wide is wallpaper?

With most wallpapers measuring 53cm wide (ours included), this will leave excess paper overhanging the adjoining wall when you hang your first drop. This means, if the wall is slightly wonky, it won’t be noticeable once you trim the paper at the join of the two walls. This overlap also means, if you’re papering both walls, you can hang the wallpaper without seams showing in the corner.

How to hang paste the wall wallpaper

Step 1.

Apply the paste generously to your wall, using a roller for easy application and coating an inch or two past the line you’ve drawn. Then use a small paintbrush to spread the paste as close as possible to your ceiling and skirting board.

Step 2.

Place your roll of wallpaper on the floor and, using step ladders, pull the paper up to reach the top of your wall. Line the right-hand edge of your paper up with the vertical line drawn on your wall and leaving 4-5cm of excess paper at the top, lightly brush the drop of wallpaper into place.

Step 3.

Double-check that the paper is visibly straight and you’re happy with how it’s positioned. Then brush the paper down firmly with your smoothing brush, working from the centre to the edges of your paper.

Step 4.

Cut any excess paper at the top, bottom and outer edge with your wallpaper knife/scissors.

Your first drop of wallpaper is now in place, and you’re ready to repeat until your wall is complete.

Be careful to match the pattern correctly on each drop and remember your last drop will overlap the adjoining wall just as your first drop did. If you’re only papering one wall, this drop will need to be trimmed to size. If you’re papering the adjoining wall, read our top tips on how to wallpaper around corners.

How to hang paste the paper wallpaper

Step 1.

Measure the height of your wall and add 10cm to your measurement, so there’s excess paper top and bottom. Cut your first drop of wallpaper and check it against your wall before pattern matching and cutting the rest to size.

Step 2.

You’re now ready to learn how to paste wallpaper. To start, lay your drops of wallpaper face-down on your pasting table, lining the edges of the paper with the table edge. Apply the paste down the middle of your first drop, spreading it out to the edges, completely covering the back of the paper.

Step 3.

Once coated in paste, fold the paper from each end inwards and let the paste soak into the paper. Always check the amount of soaking time stated on the wallpaper label. This process (often called booking) activates the paste and causes the paper to expand slightly - which is why you must let it soak for a while before hanging.

Step 4.

Line the right-hand edge of your paper up with the vertical line drawn on your wall and leaving 4-5cm of excess paper at the top, lightly brush the drop of wallpaper into place.

Step 5.

Double-check that the paper is visibly straight and you’re happy with how it’s positioned. Then brush the paper down firmly with your smoothing brush, working from the centre to the edges of your paper.

Step 6.

Cut any excess paper at the top, bottom and outer edge with your wallpaper knife/scissors.

Your first drop of wallpaper is now in place, and you’re ready to repeat until your wall is complete.

Remember, your last drop will overlap the adjoining wall just as your first drop did. If you’re only papering one wall, this drop will need to be trimmed to size. If you’re papering the adjoining wall, read our top tips on how to wallpaper around corners.

How long does wallpaper take to dry?

The length of time wallpaper takes to dry can vary depending on the type of wallpaper and the room’s temperature. The average drying time is typically between 24 and 48 hours.

Top tip

A cool room is best for wallpapering If the temperature is too high, this can speed up the drying process too much, causing the paper to shrink and gaps to appear.

Take it step-by-step and hanging your own wallpaper isn’t as difficult as you might think. We promise!

Ready to give it a go but still need to pick the perfect paper?

Browse our full range of wallpapers for fabulous florals, contemporary geometrics or a subtle and sophisticated shimmer.

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