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Wallpapering for Beginners: Hints, Tips & Advice

For those who have never had to wallpaper their home before, hanging your first sheet can seem a very daunting task as nobody wants to waste money by hanging sheets incorrectly. If this is you then do not worry, I Want Wallpaper is here to get you through it!

To help those who may need a little guidance during their first time wallpapering, we have racked our brains to come up with some hints, tips and advice to ease you through it – read below to find out more! Or, if you are an experienced wallpaperer and have some advice to offer, feel free to get in touch and we can add your knowledge to this blog!

Firstly, before you have even ordered the wallpaper there are some things to consider. Different runs of wallpaper can come with slightly different colours and won’t always match so order all of the wallpaper you think you are going to need in one go. When it arrives, double-check the lot numbers and batch numbers on all of the rolls to ensure that your wallpaper will match up nicely once hung.

You’ll also want to make sure you are not left in a situation where you begin hanging your paper and then realise you don’t quite have all the tools that you need to finish the job. In order to be sure, double check you have the following before beginning:

  • Pasting table
  • Step ladders
  • Bucket (buy new to avoid any dirt that could affect paste)
  • Pasting brush
  • Seam roller
  • Wallpaper smoother or brush
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Pushpins
  • Steel tape measure
  • Scissors (and a jug of water to dip them in to remove paste)
  • Large scraper or spatula
  • Utility knife

Now that you have your supplies lets start thinking about getting that wallpaper on some walls. If you have never wallpapered before – which we are assuming you haven’t – then we would suggest trying it in a bedroom first (although we understand this isn’t practical for everyone). This way, if you do make some mistakes, less people will see it compared to a kitchen or living room.

Whichever room you choose, begin papering from the corner of the room, ideally on a wall with no windows or doors so that you can hang full lengths without any problem.

If your wallpaper has a large pattern, then you should consider beginning above the fireplace or on the most prominent wall of the room. Then, work away from the sheet in the centre of the wall to make sure the design is central and symmetrical.

Like we have said, if anyone else has any other tips for beginners please send us them our way and new wallpaperers… Best of luck!