The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line a room with background and you have instant decoration. From blah to bold within a matter of hours, paper could push boundaries outside what paint can do. It enlivens walls with stripes or patterns or your pick. And as a bonus, it pushes minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

But as often as homeowners try to hang themselves, they rarely get it right, cursing their paring tiles and mismatched patterns–it’s enough to drive you up a wall. Input John Gregoras, a pro paper hanger out of Somers, New York, with almost two years’ experience. And, boy, did we learn a lot – everything from how he intends the design to how he traces up the last seam. With this kind of insider know-how, papering only got a whole lot easier.

Greatest Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is your key when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the sequence in which the newspaper goes up guarantees that your pattern will remain well-matched and look straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the room to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your strategy, the routine between the first and last strip will seldom match up. Because of this, Gregoras always starts his job behind a doorway, papering out from the corner until he reaches the distance over the doorway — at the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the last strip of paper on a wall is not a full sheet. So another wallpapering tip Gregoras uses would be to always paper the corners together with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

Paint the entire room with a wall mounted primer/sizer.

Unroll the background. As you do, check for flaws and haul the paper against the border of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut at precisely the exact same region on the replicate so patterns on adjacent sheets will line up.

Lay a cut sheet on the desk, face down.

Suggestion: Don’t allow paste to have on the table or it will mar the next sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge when it does). Slide the paper all the way to the border of this table to apply paste to the ends and borders.

Novel the Paper

Twist the pasted back of this paper on itself, top and bottom ends meeting in the center. Guarantee that the side edges line up perfectly. Smooth the paper onto itself as much as you can without creasing the folds.

Place the paper apart to permit the paste to soak in and the paper to relax. Be sure to follow the precise booking time advocated on the wallpaper’s label, which differs depending on its content (much more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start at a corner near a door. If the door is far from the corner, draw a reference line parallel to the door near the corner.

Unfold the top of the reserved paper and hang it on the wall. Overlap roughly 2 inches in the ceiling and 1/8 inch at the corner. Gently press it in place.

Unfold the bottom of the book and let it hang. Check the dimension between the paper and the door casing or benchmark line. Adjust the paper to help keep it parallel to the door but still overlapping at ⅛ inch at the corner.

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

When the sheet is aligned, use the edge of a paper smoother to tuck the paper to the corner at the ceiling. (Do not press so hard that you push glue.)

Trim the excess paper at the ceiling: Push a 6-inch taping knife to the joint between the wall and ceiling. Using a razor, cut over the knife to cut the excess. Work slowly. Alternate between moving and cutting the knife. Don’t slide the knife and razor together. Continue papering to a point above the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjacent wall, then draw a plumb line (if there’s no door or window).

Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the present bit on the adjacent wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and correct the paper to keep the space equivalent. Smooth the paper. Lean in the ceiling and cut on the corner.

Hang another strip of paper. Unfold the top of the novel and place it on the wall. Match the pattern as closely as you can, leaving just a hair’s breadth between sheets.

Suggestion: Push out air bubbles by sweeping the paper simpler from the middle out to the edges. Wipe off paste on the surface using a sponge.

Close to the Seams

Gently press on the top of the paper into the wall. Then lightly roll the seam with a seam roller to flatten down the borders. Now use the tips of your fingers to push the seam closed.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and complete fitting and closing the seam. Then tightly roll down the whole seam, working a full 3 inches from the border.

Smooth the whole sheet. Continue papering the space, overlapping and trimming corners as shown in Step 5.

Tip: If the reserved end of the strip starts to dry out before you hang it, then wipe the wall with a damp sponge. This may remoisten the glue when you hang on the paper.

Cut in Around Moldings

At windows and doors, allow the paper overlap the molding by at least an inch.

Using the razor, make a relief cut in the paper. Gently run the razor out of the molding corner outside to the edge of this paper. Use the molding for a guide.

Press the cut edge tight in the joint between the molding and the wall.

Smooth down the whole sheet.

Tip: Mistakes are inevitable when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide small cutting mistakes on darker papers by coloring the wall or the white border of the paper with a marker that matches the newspaper. Some pros even color all the paper’s edges so seams aren’t as evident should the paper shrink as it dries.

Cover Switch

Paper the cover plates of electrical fixtures to make them disappear. Cut a piece of wallpaper bigger than the plate. Cut out of the component of the pattern which matches the paper on the wall around the switch.

Hold them both on the wall and then adjust the paper to match the pattern on the wall.

Hold the paper and then turn the plate . Cut off the corners 1/8 inch off from the plate. Wrap the paper above the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the change or receptacle holes with a razor. Make Xs at the screw holes. Screw back the plates on the wall.