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How to Hang Wallpaper Perfectly

How to Hang Wallpaper Perfectly How to Hang Wallpaper Perfectly

Wallpaper has made a huge come back, especially when used to create a feature wall. There are now a wealth of patterns, colours and textures to choose from, allowing you to transform an ordinary plain wall into something stunning and homely. Yet most of us believe we don't have the skills required to hang wallpaper and we therefore end up hiring a professional to do it for us.

Well what if we told you that hanging wallpaper isn't actually as complicated as you might think. With a few simple and handy tips, you could be hanging your own wallpaper, saving you money in the long run and giving you a beautiful home.

Preparation & Tools to help Hang Wallpaper

Whilst preparation may seem like a tedious and time consuming task, it is crucial in the long run to give you the best possible finish. To begin with you will require the following wallpaper supplies and tools;

These tools will make your wallpapering experience far easier. Don't be tempted to cut corners or manage without these key tools.

You will also need to decide on whether or not to use lining paper. Many wallpapers are now thick enough to give a perfect coverage without lining paper. However, if your walls are not in great condition or your wallpaper is relatively thin then lining paper could help with adhesion and will also create a more seamless and smooth finish.

When preparing, it is important to consider patterns. The more complicated a pattern you have, the harder it is to match up and may require extra rolls. You will need to plan carefully to ensure each piece is hung correctly so that the pattern appears seamless.

Pasting & Hanging

You will first need to choose your wallpaper paste. Some wallpaper manufacturers may recommend a specific brand but generally you can use any type of wallpaper paste. It is crucial that you follow the directions for mixing the paste in order to create the perfect adhesion. If the paste is not right then your wallpaper could fail to stick.

You will need to cut your lengths of wallpaper beforehand so that you can paste and then leave them to soak for the recommended period of time. It is a good idea to leave a good 2-3 inches extra on each segment to allow for shrinking or uneven walls.

To paste your paper, you should begin with the paper segment face down on the pasting table. From there, you can take your paste brush and brush it down from the top to the bottom and out to the edges. Take care not to get paste on the front of the paper as this could cause damage or staining. If this does occur then remove it straight away with a damp cloth. Once you have pasted a segment of paper, it then needs to be folded. Bring each bring the top and bottom edges into the middle so it can be folded over without paste touching the front.

Depending what type of wall you're hanging on will determine where you start. Most commonly you would start your hanging from a corner to ensure your paper fits correctly. Take your segment to the wall and begin to place the top against the wall, leaving around an inch or so at the top. Then you can gradually unfold the rest of the segment, brushing it downwards with your wallpaper brush to smooth out any air bubbles or folds.

Simply repeat this process all the way along the wall. Once completed, you should wait for a period of time to allow the paper to dry before removing any excess at the top or bottom. Try not to have your heating on in the room you have just papered. You may think that this will help to dry the paper faster but it can cause it to simply fall off the wall.

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