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Hanging wallpaper

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 5 Hours

On one wall or four, on the ceiling or walls, or even for decorating a headboard, wallpaper is a real décor unifier, completing the decoration of a room. Though wallpaper hanging is easy enough for everyone to do, it does require time and attention to detail.

This article deals with hanging pre-pasted wallpaper, the easier application. Unpasted wallpaper requires a special technique, since it involves applying adhesive. The following steps outline wallpaper hanging to cover the walls and ceiling of a room where mouldings are installed.


Tools and materials required


  • Rectangular water tray
  • Broom
  • Brush (to moisten the wallpaper)
  • Brush (to smooth wallpaper)
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife (X-acto type)
  • Stepladder
  • Plumb line and Chalk line
  • Scraper
  • Seam roller (to flatten the seams between two drops)
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Bucket, sponge and rag


  • Wallpaper
  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP)

Before Assembly


You need to choose wallpaper that will suit the room where it will be hung, paying close attention to the condition of the walls themselves. Vinyl wallpaper, for example, is perfect for the bathroom, whereas embossed paper could be used on irregular walls.

When you go to buy your wallpaper, make sure that each roll has the same lot number. Although colour may vary slightly from one series to another, this way you’ll be sure of having wallpaper from the same production run, and you’ll be able to order further rolls if necessary.


Wallpaper is usually sold in rolls 10m L X .53m W.

Calculate the total surface area to be covered in square feet and add a surplus of between 15% and 20%, allowing for cutting remnants and waste. It is usually better to buy more wallpaper rolls than your calculations indicate in order to be sure of having rolls from the same lot.

You can also use our wallpaper calculator.


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