How to Hang Wallpaper in 8 Steps

The utmost crucial aspect is having a well-structured plan beforehand. Installing wallpaper is all about the right groundwork, know-how, and flawless execution. Actually, pretty much everything in life. The ensuing instructions pertain to non-woven (also referred to as “paste the wall”) wallpaper, which happens to be the choicest selection for beginners.

How to Hang Wallpaper

Non-woven wallpaper presents itself as the most effortless to install. It won’t give you any headaches by expanding or contracting unexpectedly, and let’s not forget how astonishingly seamless it looks once hung up. So, let’s start some preparations, so I can teach you how to wallpaper your walls.

List of tools and materials you need

  • Cutting board
  • Hanging brush
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Mixing container
  • Paint roller with covers
  • Paint tray with liners
  • Paintbrush
  • Protective covering
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper (different grits)
  • Scraper
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam roller
  • Step stool
  • Straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Vinyl filler
  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper adhesive
  • Wallpaper shears
  • Wallpaper undercoat
  • Warm water basin

1. Safety is paramount throughout wallpaper installation

Put safety as your top priority. Make sure to keep adhesives, chemicals, and scissors out of children’s reach. If you’re hanging wallpaper near a staircase, it’s highly recommended to enlist the help of someone, as you will be working at a considerable height with bulky lengths of wallpaper.

2. Clean walls

The walls gotta be squeaky clean, bone-dry, rock-solid, as smooth as a baby’s bottom, and as straight as an arrow.  If you’re dealing with plaster, slap on some universal primer a day in advance so that the wallpaper sticks real nice. This will make sure that wallpaper sticks to those walls like glue.

But hold up, if your walls are adorned with some fancy gloss or silk paint, we have to show them  who’s boss and give a good sanding down, no mercy! Then, lay down that universal primer to help the wallpaper glue.

Wait! If you’re dealing with walls covered in matt paint instead, we have to go down a different path. Whip out a cleaning product named magical baking soda, scrub those walls clean, and let them chill for a solid 24 hours before you start slapping the wallpaper you may buy here—   

3. Adhesive paste

Now’s the moment to get your adhesive paste ready, in case it hasn’t been pre-mixed. Take a gander at what the manufacturer’s got to say about the matter and follow their guidelines to a T.

4. Shall we start?

Grab yourself either a pasting brush or a roller. Start slathering on that wallpaper paste onto the wall, but here’s the twist—we want it thin and even. And get this, we’re gonna start from that vertical line you’ve expertly traced, moving downwards with style. Starting at the top and gradually making our way across the width of a roll, we’re going to bring this wall to life like nobody’s business.

But hold up, to reach that ceiling, we’re going to need a trusty stepladder. Oh yeah, we’re taking this operation to new heights, literally. So go ahead and grab that stepladder and ascend to the heavens. Let’s transform that ceiling into a masterpiece. Now, go forth, my fellow human. Rejoice in the art of wallpaper application.

5. Maneuver that wallpaper

So here’s the deal—handle that wallpaper with utmost care and finesse. Strategically position it against that wall. You better be sure that every inch of it aligns flawlessly with that vertical mark. Look, precision is the name of the game here!

Once you’re satisfied with its straightness, equip yourself with a trusty wallpaper smoother. Now, glide it from the center to the outer edges, banishing any pesky air bubbles or unsightly wrinkles that dare to mar your masterpiece. That’s how we do hanging wallpaper.

And, here’s where things get interesting. You’ve already read about the term “paste the wall” wallpaper above-mentioned. It’s like a wild card that allows for a bit of flexibility. If the strip isn’t positioned to your liking, fear not! You can calmly and carefully remove it and reposition it to your heart’s content. That’s right, it’s all about second chances and getting it just right.

6. Knife and roller

Grab hold of that snap-off knife. It shall be your trusty tool in this wallpaper-trimming extravaganza. With a ruler as your partner in precision, embark on a quest to slice away any surplus paper that dares to exceed its allotted boundaries at the top and bottom. The key is to showcase your finesse and finesse alone, leaving behind a flawlessly trimmed canvas of wallpaper.

Armed with a seam roller, venture forth and bring those unruly seams under control. Let your guiding hand gracefully glide across the surface, applying just the right amount of pressure to flatten out any bumps or folds that dare to disrupt the sleekness of your design. Embrace the rhythm of repetition as you move along the wall, ensuring that each successive seam aligns seamlessly with the last.

Position your chosen wallpaper strip carefully, ensuring it gracefully embraces those switches and sockets. With the snap off knife as your trusty companion, gracefully glide its blade along the edges, delicately cutting around the contours of those electrical gems.

Take a moment to appreciate your handiwork and bask in the satisfaction of your precision. Step back and admire the clean lines and seamless integration of your design.

Now, with renewed determination, let’s repeat this process for the rest of the wall. Each time, take a moment to revel in the perfection of your creations as the seams seamlessly harmonize.

Top Secret: Wallpaper Tip

Picture this: you’ve decided to go for a striking feature wall, drawing everyone’s attention to a specific area. Time to flex your wallpapering prowess! As you embark on this artistic journey, position the last strip you’re about to hang alongside the already adorned portion of the wall. Now, take a deep breath and let your expert hands work their magic. Smooth out the strip, ensuring a flawless alignment with the existing wallpaper. Take your trusted snap-off knife, and with a steady hand, neatly cut away any excess paper that dares to extend beyond the wall’s limits. Precision is the key of this game, as I wrote to you above!

But wait, we’re not done with our wallpapering expedition just yet! Now let’s venture into the realm of angles. If you encounter an angle or corner, fear not, for you possess the skills to conquer it with grace. With your wallpaper smoother, gently recreate the corner line, effortlessly guiding the wallpaper to embrace the wall’s contours. Apply an appropriate amount of glue or adhesive, firmly securing the wallpaper into place. Once you’ve conquered that first angle, it’s smooth sailing from there. Continue to cover the rest of the wall with wallpaper, revealing a mesmerizing masterpiece of design.

7. Doors, windows, and some other pain

Now, allow your intuition to guide you. Using your dexterous finger, gently mark the angle where the excess paper needs to be trimmed. And now again,- precision is key here,- so take your time and ensure an accurate mark.

Next, armed with a pair of trustworthy scissors, embark on the task of liberating that excess paper from the wallpaper strip. With steady hands and a touch of finesse, cut along the marked angle, ensuring a clean and precise line. Remember to leave a few extra centimeters on the window or door case, as a buffer for adjustments and to ensure a polished finish.

Once the excess paper has been deftly removed, it’s time to bring out the wallpaper smoother. Glide it gently across the strip, from the center to the edges, ensuring a smooth and flawless application. Marvel at how seamlessly the wallpaper integrates with the architectural elements of the doors and windows.

8. Radiators and pipes

When encountering radiators during your wallpapering adventure, don’t fret! With a little extra preparation and careful measurement, you can still create a seamless and polished look. Here’s how we’ll tackle it:

  • First, if possible, the ideal scenario would be to remove the radiators temporarily. However, if removing them is not feasible, nothing to worry about! We can work around them. Start by measuring the distance from the ceiling or window edge to the radiator fixings. For precision, add an additional 2 to 3 cm to account for the required cuts around window casings or the ceiling.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting! If your wallpaper has patterns, adjusting the strips to align with the adjacent ones is vital. Measure and add the necessary length to ensure a harmonious pattern flow.

  • Once you have these measurements in hand, confidently proceed with the cutting and positioning of the wallpaper. With a confident hand and a keen eye, ensure the wallpaper is positioned accurately and gracefully draped around the radiators.

Now, let’s dive into the world of smoothness and finesse. Utilize your trusted wallpaper smoother to gently glide across the strip, ensuring it adheres seamlessly to the wall, even around the radiators. 

This type of wallpaper allows for greater flexibility and ease when working around pipes. Now, let’s measure and cut the appropriate piece of wallpaper that will fit snugly behind the pipes.

Follow these twisted steps, unleash your inner DIY wallpapering hero, and let those walls shine brighter than the sun. Remember, my friend, you’ve got this! With each cut and adjustment, let your confidence shine through, leaving behind a work of art that even the most discerning eye will admire. Onward we go, let’s conquer this wallpapering challenge together!