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Hang Wallpaper – Internal and External Corners.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Introduction

 

So far, so good! We’ve prepared properly; we have the first lengths of new paper up; and it’s looking great- so far- but now we come to the corners, the awkward bits. Actually, they aren’t that hard. We need to just take our time here; corners stick out, or inwards, and are a focal point for our eyes! Mistakes here tend to stick out like a sore thumb; so just follow the steps below, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
 
Corners are rarely square and true, and simply hanging the wallpaper without taking this fact into consideration can lead to big problems as the strips are hung. What starts off as a “slight” out of trueness? Will increase and become more pronounced as we progress. The effect can be awful; as the pattern runs off at an ever increasing angle.

 

Internal Corners.

The best way to tackle internal corners is to paper towards the internal corner, but stop at the last full length (and roll width)of wallpaper you’ve hung before the corner, then measure the short gap (something less than the roll width) at the top and bottom. Add about 10-15mm extra to return the paper in and around the corner.
 
Using a pencil and a straight edge, draw a line on the paper, from top to bottom. The measurement between the top and bottom may vary; but don’t worry; it’ll work out just fine. When you have cut your strip; paste it and allow soaking as before.
 
Brush the paper smooth and flat with the cut edge firmly pressed into the angle of the corner, so the slight overlap returns onto the adjoining wall.

Before hanging the next strip.

Now, before hanging the next strip (on the wall adjoining the corner) deduct the same measurement you overlapped by; 10-15mm, or whatever you overlapped by, and mark a new plumb line on the wall at this point. Hang this next strip by butting the edge of the paper against the new line, and return the extra bit round the corner onto wall you’ve just finished.

Cutting In.

Again, using the scissors, mark a line down the angle of the corner to mark your cut-line. When done, peel back and trim. You may need to add a bit more adhesive to allow slide-ability and to stick the edges together neatly in the corner, when done, wipe down with a damp sponge or cloth.

External Corners.

When planning your starting point, consider also external corners. As you offer up a roll of paper at the start of the project; working out how many strips you will need, and where things begin and end, make it so the last full strip before a corner overlaps the external corner by approximately 25mm. Paste and allow soaking and then hang the piece in position, overlapping the corner by the 25mm extra you have allowed. If it starts sticking up at the short edge; then as before – cut short nicks along the edge; this will make it easier to stick down.

Mark a New Plumb Line.

Next, mark a new plumb line on the wall of the next piece for hanging, but add on about 5mm-6mm. Hang the next strip from the new plumb line with the other edge overlapping by the 5mmor 6mm you have added.

Almost Round the Bend.

Hang the strip in position and smooth down as before. Trim both the top and bottom edges, and roll flat with a seam roller, but again, only if the paper is not relief or embossed.
 

Then carry on, till the next obstruction.

Tools you will need:
Faithfull 200mm Wallpaper Hanging Brush
Faithfull 200mm Wallpaper Hanging Brush
- Pack of 2 Rolson 200mm Multi Purpose Scissors
Pack of 2 Rolson 200mm Multi Purpose Scissors
- Pro-Tek Snap Off Knife
Pro-Tek Snap Off Knife
- Stanley 4-29-528  125mm Masonry Brush
Stanley 4-29-528 125mm Masonry Brush
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