Tricks to Hanging Wallpaper

If They Can Do it, You Can Too!

You’ve decided to change up a room or rooms in your house. You’ve got the wallpaper and are ready to go. If you thought that choosing the perfect pattern was the hard part, we’ve got some news for you. Hanging wallpaper can be tricky, especially if you’ve never tried doing so before.

In this post, we’ll go over some wallpaper tips to get you through the trickiest part of the process.

Tricks to Hanging Wallpaper

How to Wallpaper an Inside Corner

This is the part that even seasoned experts dread. The mistake most people make is to try and use just one piece of paper. This is bound to cause the paper to crease and wrinkle.

Using a wrap-and-overlap seam is a far better way of handling this area. Start by papering right up to the seam in the wall. It should end in the corner but not overlap it at all. You’ll need to trim off any excess, making sure that it is as close to the corner as possible.

Now cut your next panel, but make it an inch wider than it needs to be. That’s what’s going to make this work.  Now lay the wider panel over the top, covering the corner as well. Smooth it out so that it is as flat as you can make it, and you’re done!

How do I make my wallpaper straight?

This is something that most newbies are desperate to know. When you see the pros applying wallpaper on those makeover shows, it looks so simple. What they don’t usually show, however, is how much prep work went into getting the paper straight.

Your best bet here is to use a plumb level. You can’t assume that the angles of the wall are even. Use a plumb level, and draw a faint pencil line on the wall to guide you and keep the paper straight. Do this with every new strip of wallpaper. It takes longer but will mean more accurate results.

Where do you start when wallpapering?

The best place to start is opposite the door that is used to enter the room. This way, the first panel as you come in will be perfect, and you won’t end up with seams showing in the area that people see first.

Another approach is to measure everything out carefully first so that you can plan where the seams will be. You can then try to keep them in less visible spaces.

Final Words

There are no shortcuts when it comes to hanging wallpaper. You need to take some time to measure the room properly and mark out the measurements from a plumb line. A good tip is to buy a handful of butcher’s papers so that you can do a mockup and take accurate measurements from the start.

All the prep work will pay off when you end up with a beautifully papered wall, with no obvious misalignments or glaring errors. A little bit of planning here means that there is less chance of wasting paper or having to redo sections.

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