How To Put Up Wallpaper

Putting wallpaper up for the first time can be a daunting thought but with these simple steps, you will be able to put wallpaper up in no time.

Firstly it’s important to note that on average, a roll of wallpaper will be 10m in length. This equates to 4 pulls of wallpaper per roll, when used on a wall with an average height of 2.2m. If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings then you will need to take this into account and purchase more rolls. Always check the product information before purchasing. It’s very common for a roll of wallpaper to be 10m in length and 520mm wide but in some cases, these can differ and you don’t want to be caught out.

Step 1 – Measure Up

Work out how much paper you will need. With a tape measure, measure the height of the room and then width of each wall. For example if a wall was 2m high and 6m wide, you would need 3 roles of wallpaper. The math:

-- 10m roll length divided by 2m room height  =  5 pulls (say 4 with excess)
-- 520mm roll width times by 4 pulls = 2080mm (2.08m)
-- We know the width of the room is 6m, therefore 6m divided by 2.08m  =  2.88 or 3 rolls

Always buy one or two additional rolls of wallpaper as there will be odd sections and lengths. As long as you don’t open a spare roll, most shops will offer a full refund.

Step 2 – Get your toolbox out!

You will need a variety of tools, equipment & products when putting up wallpaper. The essentials are:

  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper Paste
  • Pasting Table
  • Sharp Scissors
  • A Sharp Knife
  • Wallpaper Brush

A helping tip, always read the packaging of the wallpaper paste. Its important that you mix a smooth ‘gloop free’ paste as it will apply to the wall/wallpaper better and reduce the occurrence of lumps forming under the wallpaper once its on the wall.

Step 3 – Pasting

Set up your table, mix your gloop free paste and measure your first strip of wallpaper. Hold the edge of the wallpaper at the top of the wall and let the wallpaper fall to the floor. Hold the paper in place with one hand and with the other roughly measure and mark where the wallpaper meets the floor (get a helping hand if needed). When measuring wallpaper strips, always leave extra on the top and bottom for trimming and movement. Head back to your pasting table and cut a straight line along the mark you just made.

Now usually pasting tables are not as long as the piece of wallpaper your trying to paste so start pasting the piece of wallpaper at one end, be generous. Once your half way down the paper, fold it in half and slide the remaining wallpaper on the table and paste. Wallpaper paste is a slow adhesive so you have plenty of time to paste, apply to the wall and adjust. No need to rush.

Step 4 – Stick to the wall.

Once the wallpaper is well pasted, take it to the wall and start to stick it down, starting from the top and working your way down. Once it is fully on the wall, you should be able to move the paper into the position you want. Once you’re happy with the position, start to trim the top and bottom with a sharp knife or scissors to the correct length. You’re nearly done! Now just smooth out any edges with a clean brush and wipe away any excess paste on the paper.

Continue to do this for the remaining strips of wallpaper. When joining two strips together, apply a little extra paste at the joint to help join them and then wipe away any excess later.