Tips on Hanging Wallpaper

hanging-wallpaper-1Hanging wallpaper is one of those jobs we all feel we should be able to do ourselves, but it’s notoriously easy to get wrong. Hung expertly, wallpaper can turn a room into a work of art. Hung poorly, it can turn it into a mess.

If you feel confident about getting it right without calling the professionals in, there are various tips to remember. The first and last tip, though, is to take it slowly and methodically, giving yourself time to check everything.

Getting Ready

Make sure you buy enough wallpaper for your needs. If you have to go back to the shop, you risk that paper being out of stock. Measure up your room, remembering that standard wallpaper width is 0.53m — then buy at least one roll more than you think you need.

Check you have all the equipment you require. It’s when you have to improvise that things are most likely to go wrong. You’ll normally need at least:

• Stepladder (don’t stand on chairs)
• Pasting table (unless you’re using paste-the-wall wallpaper)
• Tape measure
• Plumb line
• Wallpaper adhesive
• Pasting brush
• Wallpaper scissors
• Trimming knife
• Paper-hanging brush
• A second person — hanging wallpaper isn’t a job to undertake alone.


• Start from the corner of a wall with no doors or windows.
• Don’t trust the walls to be straight — draw a guideline using the plumb line.
• Unscrew all wall attachments and stick matchsticks in the holes. When you come to paper over these, let the matchstick pierce gently through the paper, then smooth it down.
• Measure the height of the room and prepare a strip about 10cm more than this.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instruction carefully when mixing and applying the paste, and leave the pasted paper for the time specified before hanging.
• Turn off the power to any electrical switch or socket you’re papering around.

Tips on Hanging

• Leave 10cm spare at the top of each strip and trim with the trimming knife or scissors.
• Match the pattern by sight at eye level.
• Start from the top and gradually smooth the paper down, using the paste brush to avoid air-bubbles.
• To paper around a corner, cut a strip to allow 25cm on the second wall and use a paper-hanging brush to smooth it into the corner. Measure up the next full strip from here.

DIY or Professional?

If you’re a good DIYer and are willing to take the time to work slowly and methodically, you should be able to avoid the hazards of crooked strips, mismatched patterns and air-bubbles. If you want a full professional job done, though, you’re welcome to give us a call or simply book online.