Hanging Wallpaper Made Easy
1. Start by reading the instruction leaflet provided with your wallcovering. It tells you about what products to use, like adhesives, pastes and universal primers, lot and run numbers, and drying times. Keep your packaging labels – they’re handy if ever you need to reorder.
2. Protect your floor with a tarp, canvas, dropcloth, etc.
3. Repair holes and cracks with a no-sand sealer and spatula.
4. Only apply products recommended in your wallpaper’s information leaflet.
5. Examine the room to determine which area is the least visible. This is where you should hang your first sheet. Imagine how the pattern and each sheet will fit around windows, doors, fireplace, closets, cupboards and in corners. Make sure you don’t land up with a tiny 1" strip along a wall, or beside a window/door frame!
HANGING YOUR FIRST SHEET
|Generally, the first sheet goes flush along a window or door. This way the pattern alignment is hardly visible between your first and last sheet.||You can also hang your first sheet above a fireplace or bay window if your sheets are very wide, or your pattern is very large. Hang the 2nd sheet on the right side, then the 3rd on the left side, and so on until the sheets meet at a door frame.|
|Between two windows is another good place to start. If a single sheet of wallpaper leaves less than 6" on either side, then proceed as suggested above instead.||If you choose to start between two close-set windows, place the left side of your 1st sheet (not its centre) so it is equidistant to the two windows.|
8. In each corner: draw a ceiling-to-floor vertical line; it will help you stay plum.
9.Unroll your paper before cutting it into sheets; make sure it is intact.
10. Cut your sheets, but allow for an extra two (2) inches at each end ‒ or 2" at the top and 2" at the bottom. Make sure your pattern stays true at the top of your sheets: for instance: a whole flower, not half a flower.
13. Place a sheet on the wall, and align it against your pre-traced lines. At the top and bottom, let your sheet overlap by +/- two (2) inches; in corners, also leave an overlap (or lap seam). It helps eliminate irregularities.
14. With a smoothing tool, make sure the wallpaper has properly adhered to the wall. Start in the middle of the sheet, and smoothe it out towards the top and bottom. This way, you’re sure the paste is evenly spread out, and any air bubbles or excess paste can be eliminated as you go.
19. Continue papering, repeating each step as explained above.
Tips | Contouring Doors & Windows
Source: Revue Collection Terre à Terre - Conseils de pros papiers-peints 2001.