How to hang a wallpaper

How to hang a wallpaper

Tools you will need to hang unpasted wallpaper:

  • Paste
  • Paste Brush or roller
  • Knife or snap off blade
  • Level Sponge & bucket of clean water
  • Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
  • Tape Measure 4″ – 6″ inch
  • Putty knife and or straight edge
  • A pencil
  • Step stool
  • Drop Cloth


  1. Make sure the walls are clean of all debris and that the surface is smooth. Smooth out any holes or rough areas on the walls as they may affect the final finish of your wallpaper.
  2. When deciding where to begin, if hanging wallpaper on all four (4) walls you ideally want to start in the most inconspicuous corner of the room. Some examples of an ideal place to start would be in the back corner of the room, behind a door or a large piece of furniture.
  3. The most crucial step in hanging wallpaper is making sure the first strip is straight and level. This will impact the rest of the room so it is important to take your time and do this first step correctly.
  4. Measure out from the corner the width of the paper minus 1/2 inch and mark with a pencil.
  5. Place a level at the mark and draw a straight, vertical line (plumb line).
  6. Every time you reach a corner or start a new wall, follow this procedure to make sure you are hanging the wallpaper straight.

PREPARING WALLS FOR WALLPAPER Before hanging wallpaper, it is important to prepare your walls to ensure the success of the project. We recommend hanging wallpaper on smooth, clean and dry walls that have been primed. In general, hanging wallpaper over old wallpaper is not a good idea.

Cut wallpaper

  1. Measure the height of your wall and add four (4) inches before you cut the first strip. You will need an extra two (2) inches at the top and bottom for trimming.
  2. ALWAYS use a sharp knife or blade for every cut. Try not to lift the knife when making long cuts. We suggest that you move the hard edge and then follow with the knife.
  3. Depending on the “match” of your wallpaper pattern, you may need to account for the repeat to make sure that your wallpaper matches up horizontally and vertically.


  • Use the same procedures to cut and apply more wallpaper strips, matching the pattern to the previous strip.
  • Touch the edges tightly together, but don’t overlap the strips.
  • Make a new plumb line on each new wall.
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