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When to use lining paper

Anything other than a smooth, flat surface when wallpapering is risky. And it can result in noticeable lumps and bumps under your new wallpaper.

The condition of walls can be particularly challenging in older homes and buildings.

If you’re unable to fill, sand and smooth your wall properly, a good quality lining paper can help you hide those imperfections.

How to hang lining paper before wallpapering

Step 1. Measure your wall and cut your lining paper to size, making each drop 10cm longer than needed.

All rolls of I Love Wallpaper lining papers are 10m x 0.56m and grade 1000. The width is purposely wider than our standard wallpapers to avoid the seams of both drops falling in the same place, which can cause ridges.

Step 2. Lay your strip of lining paper on your pasting table and apply wallpaper adhesive onto the back with a pasting brush. Make sure you don’t leave any patches uncoated and allow the adhesive to soak into the lining paper, giving it time to expand before you hang it.

Step 3. Starting at the top of your wall, use your paper hanging brush to smooth the lining paper into place. Remember to leave a little excess paper (4-5cm) at the top.

Step 4. Score the excess paper off where it meets your ceiling and skirting board using your wallpaper knife.

Repeat this process from step two through to four until you have covered all the walls you intend to decorate with lining paper.

Once your walls are lined and ready for their makeover, browse our full range of wallpapers to find a design that will transform your space.