The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

Line an area with background and you’ve got 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 choice. And as a bonus, it masks minor imperfections in plaster and drywall, too.

But as frequently as homeowners try to hang themselves, they seldom get it right, cursing their peeling seams and mismatched patterns–it is enough to drive you up a wallsocket. Enter John Gregoras, a pro paper hanger out of Somers, New York, with nearly two years’ experience. And, boy, did we learn a great deal – everything from how he intends the layout to how he traces up the previous seam. With this type of insider know-how, papering only got a great deal simpler.

Greatest Wallpaper Techniques Overview

Design is the key when you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Paying attention to the order where the newspaper goes up ensures that your pattern will stay well-matched and seem straight. John Gregoras recommends functioning in 1 direction around the space to keep the pattern consistent.

But no matter how good your technique, the routine between the first and final strip will rarely match up. For that reason, Gregoras always begins his job behind a door, papering out from the corner till he reaches the space over the door– the least conspicuous spot in the room.

Very often, the last strip of paper onto a wall isn’t a complete sheet. So another wallpapering tip Gregoras uses would be to constantly paper the corners together with broken sheets.

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Apply Wallpaper Paste

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

Unroll the wallpaper. As you do, check out flaws and haul the paper from the edge of your worktable to take away the curl.

Cut the paper into sheets 4 inches longer than the height of your walls. Cut in precisely the same place on the repeat so patterns on adjacent sheets will lineup.

Lay a cut sheet on the table, face down. With a paint roller, apply a thin film of clear premixed wallpaper glue on the back of the paper.

Tip: Do not allow paste to have on the table or it will mar another sheet (wash it off with a barely damp sponge if it does). Slide the paper all the way into the border of the table to apply paste to the ends and edges.

Book the Paper

Twist the glued back of the paper onto it, bottom and top ends assembly in the center. Make sure that the side edges line up perfectly. Smooth the paper on itself as much as possible without creasing the springs.

Set the paper aside to allow the paste to soak in and the paper to relax. Be sure to follow the precise booking time recommended on the background’s label, which differs based on its content (more for vinyl-coated wallcoverings, less for uncoated papers).

Align First Strip

Start at a corner near a door. In case the doorway is nowhere near the corner, then draw a reference line parallel to the doorway near the corner.

Unfold the top of the booked paper and hang it on the wall. Overlap roughly 2 inches at the ceiling and also 1/8 inch in the corner. Lightly press it in position.

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

Tuck and Reduce the Paper

Then, working from the top down, sweep the smoother within the whole sheet. (Don’t press so hard for you to push out glue.)

Trim the excess paper in the ceilingPush a 6-inch taping knife to the joint between the ceiling and wall. With a razor, cut above the knife to trim off the surplus. Work gradually. Alternate between moving and cutting the knife. Don’t slide the razor and knife together. Keep on papering to a point above the door.

Continue Papering

On the adjoining wall, draw a plumb line (if there is no door or window).

Hang a strip in the corner. Overlap the existing bit on the adjoining wall by 1/8 inch. Quantify to the plumb line and correct the paper to keep the distance equivalent. Smooth the newspaper. Trim at the ceiling and then trim the corner.

Hang another strip of newspaper. Unfold the top of the novel and set it on the wall. Match the routine as tightly as possible, leaving just a hair’s width between the sheets.

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

Close the Seams

Gently press on the surface of the paper to the wall. Then gently roll the seam using a seam roller to sew the borders.

Unfold the bottom of the sheet and then finish matching and closing the seam. Then tightly roll down the whole seam, working a full 3 inches from the edge.

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

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

Cut in About Moldings

At doors and windows, let the paper float the molding by an inch.

Together with the razor, make a relief cut in the paper. Carefully run the razor out of the molding corner out to the edge of the paper. Utilize the molding as a guide.

Trim the excess paper flap with a taping knife and razor. Smooth down the whole sheet.

Suggestion: Mistakes are inevitable once you’re learning how to hang wallpaper. Hide little cutting mistakes on darker papers by bleach the wall or the white edge of the paper using a mark that matches the paper. Some pros even colour 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 electric fixtures to make them vanish. Cut a piece of wallpaper larger than the plate. Cut from the component of the pattern that matches the paper on the wall round the switch.

Apply paste to the plate, then lay it face down on the paper. Hold them both on the wall and then correct the paper to match the pattern on the wall.

Hold the paper and then flip the plate face down. Cut the corners off 1/8 inch away from the plate. Wrap the paper over the plate and then tape it on.

Cut out the switch or receptacle holes using a razor. Make Xs in the screw holes. Screw back the plates to the wall.