How to Hang Wallpaper
The surface of the wall must be smooth, clean, dry and sound. Flaking paint and lose wallpaper should be removed, and any uneven surfaces must be filled. Give the wall a prime coating if its color is very different from the new wallpaper. Very absorbent surfaces, such as plaster walls, should be sized.
Mixing the Paste
- Use a bucket and whisk to mix with.
- Sprinkle content of package into 4 liters of cold water, mixing briskly for 30 seconds.
- After approximately 3 minutes stir again.
- After 15 minutes give it a good final stir and it is ready to use.
- Unused adhesive can be stored for about 14 days.
Always use an adhesive especially recommended for non-woven wallpaper.
- Rollers and tray
- Paintbrush (For the areas that the roller misses, e.g. along the ceiling and skirting boards)
- Spirit level or plumb line (To make sure the wallpaper is straight)
- Steel ruler (To make a straight, clean cut along the top and bottom)
- Wallpaper sponge (Soft cloth or sponge, preferably a cellulose sponge)
- Craft knife
- Wallpapering tool or brush
Step by Step Guide
Follow along with our illustrated instructions to learn how to install our wallpapers. This guide is for how to hang wallpaper that is purchased per roll. If you’re looking for how to hang custom-sized wall murals, please check the how to hang wall murals guide instead.
Make sure you have all the rolls and that none of them are defective or damaged. We recommend hanging the wallpaper from the left to the right, start with the left corner of your wall. The lengths should be hung edge to edge without any overlapping. It is essential that the first length is vertically straight. (Tip: Make a pencil mark one wallpaper width from the left near the ceiling. Hold a plumb line on the mark and draw a vertical line down the wall. Then line up your first length of wallpaper with the pencil line.)
Roll the paste straight onto the wall. Be sure to evenly cover the entire surface. If you miss a spot, this will cause the wallpaper to bubble. Paste an area the width of one and a half lengths at a time. Lay the wallpaper roll at the floor and pull it towards the ceiling. Attach it lightly at the top and make sure that it’s hanging straight. Avoid forcing the strips together, it’s better to remove the strip and reattach it if the edges do not meet. Make sure the wall has been pasted where the lengths meet so that the edges are not visible.
Try not to get paste on the front of the wallpaper. Any excess paste should be removed immediately using a wet wallpaper sponge. Smooth each length with a clean wallpapering tool or wallpaper brush. Work from the ceiling to the floor and from the middle out to the edges. Once the wallpaper has been hung, cut off any excess along the ceiling and floor. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing the paper. Keep the room ventilated and at normal room temperature for 24 hours to allow the paste to dry.