Secret to hanging wallpaper
Would you love to cover the walls of a room with some beautiful wallpaper, but you’re worried about hanging it?
It is true that this type of wall covering requires a special technique — and lots of care. Here are a few tips for hanging wallpaper like a pro.
The first step is to ask someone to give you a hand, because it’s virtually impossible to do this alone. After protecting the floor with plastic sheeting, prepare the surfaces properly. Wash and dry the walls. Sand uneven or rough areas; fill holes, if necessary.
Apply a coat of wallpaper primer.
Once the primer is dry, use a level and draw plumb lines on the walls equivalent to the width of the wallpaper. You’ll find these very useful later on. Next, cut your first strip of paper, giving yourself five to ten centimetres extra as a margin for error.
There are several different types of wallpaper, so read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before you begin hanging.
If you’re using pre-glued wallpaper, be careful; its stickiness tends to decrease when dipped in water for too long. According to experts, a good choice is wallpaper that has a textured back because it provides better adhesion.
When you’re ready to hang the first strip of wallpaper, apply it to the wall, following your plumb lines and leaving a few centimetres extra at both top and bottom.
Using a smoothing brush, get rid of any air bubbles in a downward motion by brushing from the centre to the outer edges.
Before continuing with the next strip, trim the excess wallpaper from the top and bottom of the wall with a utility knife and remove excess paste with a damp sponge.
Before wetting the second strip of paper, position it next to the first strip, taking care to align the pattern with precision and mark where you need to cut it. Repeat the previous steps until the walls are completely covered.
There; that wasn’t so difficult, was it?