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!



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.

6. With a pencil and measuring tape, mark where each sheet will line up on your walls; start in the least noticeable corner.
7. Before hanging your first sheet: draw perfectly vertical lines from ceiling to floor, the width of your wallpaper, using a builder’s level.

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.

11-A. PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER: roll it up, pattern facing outward; next, dip it in a rectangular water box filled with warm water. Respect the manufacturer’s recommended dipping time.
11-B. WALLPAPER THAT’S NOT PRE-PASTED: place a sheet on your worktable, pattern down. Will a roller, apply the manufacturer’s suggested liquid adhesive (generally a pre-mixed paste) evenly across the entire surface of the sheet.
12. Fold the sheet over onto itself (paste side in), and let the wallpaper sit for the manufacturer’s recommended wait time. The advesive needs to activate.

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.

15. With a smoothing tool and an all-purpose cutter, trim excess paper at the top and bottom of your sheet.
16. With a sponge, wipe off excess paste quickly, as soon as you hang each sheet and before it sets; dry with a clean rag.

2nd sheet

17. Before dipping or pasting your 2nd sheet, hold it up against the wall and align the pattern with your first sheet. Mark the top and botom of the 2nd sheet with a pencil to avoid mistakes when you’re hanging it.
18. CLEAN SEAMS: where two sheets meet, pass your roller or smoother in an even up and down stroke, wiping excess paste on the wall or your smoothing tool with a clean rag.

19. Continue papering, repeating each step as explained above.

Tips | Contouring Doors & Windows

Do not pre-cut around window and door frames. First, line up your new sheet along the seam of your last one.
With your smoothing tool, smoothe your sheet against the wall, pressing it up against the window/door frame. Be sure your pattern is properly aligned before cutting.
With an all-purpose cutter, make a diagonal cut at each corner of the window/door frame.
Smooth the wallpaper snugly against the window/door frame.
Cut the paper section by section, contouring the frame as you go.
SWITCHES & OUTLETS – same method. Remove the outlet/switch cover, paste the wallpaper over the opening, cut an X over its center, remove unwanted wallpaper; trim as needed.

Source: Revue Collection Terre à Terre - Conseils de pros papiers-peints 2001.