How to Wallpaper a Room

Wallpaper is a fine alternative to paint and some of the patterns can really bring out the best in any room. Many DIY fans tend to steer clear from this option, but this needn’t be the case. This article will show the beginner how to wallpaper just like a professional in just a few simple steps. So if you have some rooms that need a little TLC, please digest the rest of this article and hopefully you’ll be up and at them in no time at all.

Prepare the walls

how to wallpaper a roomAs with most home improvement projects, preparation is the key to attaining a great result. Wallpapering is no different in that regards and a little work can go an awfully long way. Before you get started, ensure that you have already removed any existing wallpaper and turn off all of the electrics to the target room. You’ll then need to remove any wall plates and fixtures or fittings. Use some decent putty to fill in the inevitable cracks and holes and allow this to dry. Use a sander to flatten the bumps and some fine sandpaper to really finish the job off nicely. Use a household cleaner to ensure the walls are free of any dust and grit and once dried, use a primer to help the wallpaper stick on effectively.

How much paper do you need?

Measure the target wall and add all of the lengths together and multiply the result by the overall height. This will tell you the overall area and you can use this when you pop down to the home improvement depot. Check out the total area for each roll of wallpaper and try to buy a few extra rolls just in case of accidents later on. Choose a pattern that you and your household are happy to live with for the next few years and it is best to go with an easy to match design.

Let’s do it!

This is the part that separates the boys from the men and you should probably have a buddy to help you at this stage. We’ll cover this part by using bullet points:

  • Draw a vertical line from the ceiling to the floor and use a levelling device to ensure that this is dead straight.
  • Cut some paper and make sure it is 4 inches longer than the target wall.
  • Add paste to the back of the paper and align it with the line you’ve just drawn onto the wall.
  • Start at the ceiling and apply the paper to the wall surface.
  • Use a brush to flatten the paper effectively, and remove any wrinkles.
  • Once you are happy that the paper is nice and flat, trim the top and the bottom with a Stanley knife.
  • Be careful not to tear the paper at this point and you can use a putty knife to press the bottom and top of the paper tight to the wall.
  • Repeat this with the next sheet and ensure that you align it in a way that matches the patterns perfectly.
  • Once you have papered an entire wall, go over each sheet with a seam roller, but remember not to push all of the glue out.

Tidy up

Use a wet sponge to wipe away the excess paste after about 20 minutes, and take a step back to check the overall look of your handiwork.

And enjoy

Wallpapering can be more effective and less time consuming when compared to painting. If you prepare the surface adequately and choose some easily matched paper, you should be able to do a single room in an afternoon, and you won’t need an extra coat either!