Hanging Wallpaper – How to paste the wall wallpaper

Many people search on how to hang wallpaper properly without any mistakes, even though some wallpapers come with instructions, the process it’s not as easy as many may think it is. We know it’s important to be honest with yourself, and let the professionals do their job, but in some cases it’s possible that you can handle a small project by yourself.


Please, take these considerations, before you start.

First, check the measurement of the wall and if this is a small wall, you probably won’t have complications when installing the paper. Second, if the wall has corners, reliefs or elements like fireplace, light switch, etc., it’s better to contact an expert to help you and let them do the job. This can be easy to install under these conditions, check the type of paper that you will buy and get the materials that you will need.

You will need:

  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper Primer
  • Blaser Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Water and large bucket
  • Measuring tape
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Sponge
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape
  • Sanpaper
  • Household cleaner
  • Blades
  • Plumb Line
  • Straightedge

Now, we are ready to start! OMG!


1. Measurements of the walls

Measure the height and width of the wall, if the wall is a square it will be easy to calculate the total, but if the wall has another form you will probably need extra paper or help of an expert. How much paper will you need? It’s the best question to ask yourself before buying and keep in mind that it’s better to have an extra roll in hand.


2. Clean and prepare the walls

Remove old wallpaper, for best result don’t leave any residues of paper or adhesive. The removing process in some types of wallpaper may need the help of an expert to avoid damaging the wall. Remove paint, If the wall has a vibrant color, otherwise, the final aspect will look patched. Some walls have texture, with these conditions you must need to do a previous work like scrape off or fill in the texture before covering. You want to make sure the wall is nice and smooth because if you apply wallpaper on the bumpy surface it will show!

After doing these steps, clean the wall with a household cleaner (except bleach) especially any sign of mildew.

Apply primer on the wall to have a uniform base, this helps the paper adhere more effective on the wall. Remember that all procedures mentioned have a drying time, more if you have to repair any cracks or holes and apply the primer after it’s dry. You should wait until primer its completely dry, it’s recommended to wait at least 12 hours before starting the installation.

There are some wallpapers that required a specific primer. This information will be found in the instructions that come with the wallpaper and this is recommended by the manufactured. Once you pick the wallpaper then you can move on buying the recommended primer. This is very important because the correct primer protects the wall and the wallpaper durability.

This process will cost money (tools, materials) but if you take the time to read and look into all the info needed about the wallpaper, primer, surface and make sure it’s done right then it will save you a lot of money. It may sound easy but it’s always best to put your home in the hands of professionals.

A few types of wallpapers

Vinyl: These are easy ones to remove and hang. They’re perfect for heavy traffic areas because of its durability. These wallpapers need to be prepped with adhesive.

Embossed: This type of wallpaper has a texture; the material is light and flexible.

Textile: These are more professional and exclusive which are more difficult to hang and need an expert.

3. Draw Guidelines

Use the pencil and mark lightly the first point where you start, then with a plum line draw a vertical line using the straightedge. This mark will help as a guide when you hang the paper


4. Cut Paper

Depends on the height of your wall, add 3 or 4 inches up and down of the initial measure. Cut straight the edge of the paper to the label and bottom.


5. Prepare the paper

Pre pasted: Read the instructions, some papers will only need a sponge with water and others will need a bucket of water to submerge the paper 30 or 60 seconds. This activates the adhesive that the paper has.

Not pre-pasted: Apply the paste over the back surface with a paint roller.

When you start activating the adhesive, let the paper rest around 5 minutes, the paper will expand to the original size.


6. Line up the paper and hang it

Begin at the top of the wall, leave 2 or 3 inches up, then line up the paper and press against the wall with a smoother and hands, keep going down with the rest of paper. Be careful, not do it too quickly to avoid curling or bubbles on the paper, with the smoother push from the middle out to expel the bubbles. Cut the excess left above and below the surface with a blade.


7. Repeat the process

Do the same with the next sheet, watch the distance not overlapping the sheets and don’t break the pattern. Clean the excess of product with a wet sponge.

If you follow all these steps and get a beautiful result, Congratulations! Now you can enjoy a beautiful wallpaper installed by yourself.

Sometimes, problems come up due to incorrect installation of the paper, this causes headaches and costs in the overrun, value the conditions and take the right decision before starting. Keep in mind that a professional will always provide you their best service and successful experience. They have experience, materials, training, and guarantee for durability, quality, and longevity of the product.