How To Wallpaper - A Set By Step Guide - Beaumonde UK

How To Wallpaper - A Step By Step Guide

Wallpapers can transform any room, giving it a fresh, stylish look. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you wallpaper a wall successfully, perfect for both beginners and those looking to refresh their skills. First you may need to visit our Wallpaper Measuring Guide to ensure you order the correct amount of wallpaper.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Wallpaper rolls
  • Wallpaper paste or adhesive
  • Pasting table
  • Wallpaper smoother or brush
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Spirit level or plumb line
  • Pencil
  • Step ladder

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Prepare Your Walls:

    • Clean the Surface: Ensure your walls are smooth, clean, and dry. Remove any old wallpaper and repair any cracks or holes.
    • Prime the Walls: Apply a primer if necessary, especially on new plaster or very porous surfaces. This helps the wallpaper adhesive stick better. 
  2. Measure and Cut the Wallpaper:

    • Calculate the Wallpaper Needed: Measure the height and width of your walls to calculate how many rolls you will need. Consider matching patterns, which might require extra wallpaper.
    • Cut the First Strip: Measure the height of the wall and add a few extra centimetres at the top and bottom for trimming. Cut the first strip and use it as a template for subsequent strips.
  3. Apply the Paste:

    • Prepare the Paste: Mix the wallpaper paste according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    • Paste the Paper: Lay the wallpaper face down on the pasting table and apply the paste evenly from the centre outwards. Fold the paper (book it) and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the paste.
  4. Hanging the Wallpaper:

    • Start from the Top: Begin at the top of the wall, aligning the edge of the wallpaper with your plumb line for vertical accuracy.
    • Smooth It Out: Use a wallpaper smoother or brush to remove air bubbles, working from the centre outwards. Trim the excess at the top and bottom with a utility knife.
  5. Matching Patterns:

    • Align Patterns: When hanging the next strip, ensure the pattern matches perfectly with the previous strip. Allow for a slight overlap at the seams to ensure a seamless look.
  6. Finishing Touches:

    • Remove Excess Paste: Wipe away any excess paste immediately with a damp sponge to avoid staining.
    • Trim Edges: Once all the strips are hung, trim the edges neatly where the wallpaper meets the ceiling, baseboards, and around windows and doors.

Tips for Success:

  • Take Your Time: Don’t rush the process. Allow sufficient time for each step to ensure the best results.
  • Use Quality Tools: Invest in good-quality tools and materials. A sharp utility knife, high-quality wallpaper, and adhesive can make a significant difference.
  • Work in Pairs: Wallpapering can be easier and more enjoyable with two people, especially when handling long strips.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Skipping Wall Preparation: Failing to properly clean and prime walls can result in poor adhesion and bubbles.
  • Incorrect Measurement: Always double-check measurements to avoid wasting wallpaper.
  • Rushing the Booking Time: Allowing the wallpaper to properly book (absorb the paste) ensures it will stick well to the wall.

For further assistance and to purchase quality wallpaper and tools, visit Beaumonde. We offer a wide range of wallpapers to suit every style and room, along with fast and reliable UK delivery.

By following these steps, you can achieve a professionally wallpapered wall that enhances the beauty of your home.

For more detailed guidance, always follow the manufacturers guidelines.  These manufacturers offer additional tips and product recommendations to ensure your wallpapering project is a success.