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How to hang 'paste the wall' wallpaper

Joanna Corney


As our wallpaper is a 'paste the wall' paper, we have given you a few tips below on how to hang it...
Tools you will need
  • Plum line
  • Wallpaper scissors
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Wallpaper paste and pasting brush
  • Paper hanging brush
  • Seam roller
  • Cloth
Preparing your walls
  • Make sure all walls are free from dirt, old wallpaper and loose paint and fill in any cracks or holes with filler
  • Make sure that the walls are a pale uniform colour. As my wallpaper is light coloured you do not want any contrast to show through and ruin the effect of the paper
  • Walls that have been painted with gloss should be roughened with sand paper first
  • Damp walls should be treated first and absorbent surfaces, such as new plaster should be primed using diluted wallpaper paste or primer. Always allow for this to fully dry before hanging
Inspect your rolls
  • We make every effort to ensure that our wallpapers are perfect, but variations do sometimes happen. Therefore please check all rolls before hanging to ensure that they are undamaged and and have all come from the same batch number. Also check the design and colour matches both edge to edge and roll to roll

    wallpaper hanging - checking roll

Getting the right wallpaper paste

  • As our papers are ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper, you need to paste the wall rather than the back of the wallpaper

  • We recommend using a good quality ready mixed ‘paste the wall’ adhesive, which you can usually get in your local DIY shop. All-purpose and heavy duty pastes are not suitable for our wallpaper

Cutting and matching your wallpaper lengths

  • Make sure the pattern is the correct way up. Roll out and cut your first length of paper according to the height of your wall, make sure you allow extra for trimming top and bottom

  • The best way to make sure your have enough paper in each length is to pattern match the widths before you cut and hang them.  To do this place your first cut length next to the start of your next length and adjust until the pattern matches. Once you have matched the pattern at the top, with enough for trimming, roll out the length to the desired height and cut, again allowing for trimming

    wallpaper hanging - cutting paper  wallpaper hanging - matching up 2

  • Continue doing this until you have the desired amount of lengths. You can always number your lengths on the back at the top so you don’t get confused with which length is next

  • Use a plum line to mark a vertical line to hang your first length. If starting from a corner use this join to line your first length up as long as the corner is straight

It's pasting time...

  • Generously paste an even coat of the ready mixed adhesive onto the wall using your pasting brush, make sure you paste a bit wider than one width of the wallpaper

    wallpaper hanging - pasting the wall

  • Hang your first length, making sure to leave excess as the top for trimming. Using a hanging brush or roller smooth out any bubbles working from the centre out

  •  Carefully trim off any excess from the top and bottom using a stanley knife and ruler

    wallpaper hanging - first roll  wallpaper hanging - cutting off excess at top

  • Paste the next area of wall, making sure not to get the paste onto the paper, however if this does happen quickly wipe off with a damp cloth

  • Hang your next length, making sure that you match the pattern exactly and butt up the joints of the lengths avoiding overlapping

    wallpaper hanging - 2nd stripe going on  wallpaper hanging - butting up

  • Continue this method until all your lengths are hung. Make sure to wipe off any excess paste with a damp cloth and lightly seal the matching edges with a seam roller

You are all done...now stand back and admire your handiwork!! 

You will need to allow the paper to dry our naturally for 24 hours before putting any furniture up against it

If you are using our wallpaper in a bathroom or an area where it might be easily marked, we suggest using ‘Polyvine decorators dead flat matt varnish’ over the top of the paper. This means that is becomes wipe-able and also protects the paper. We have used this ourselves and painted it on with a paint brush, if you get the dead flat varnish it does not affect the paper and you can't tell that it has been varnished

Check out this time-lapse of us hanging our Sunbeam Wallpaper!