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Wallpaper Hanging Instructions

Step 1 – Buy Wallpaper Paste

In addition to purchasing your vinyl wallpaper, you also need to buy some special paste. The type you will need is a heavy duty Wallpaper paste. You can find this at most hardware stores. If you’re installing it over another layer of vinyl wallpaper, however, then you’ll need paste that’s designed for vinyl-to-vinyl surfaces.

Step 2 – Prepare Your Surface

Don’t just start blindly applying your wallpaper as soon as you get it home; a little advanced preparation will work miracles in terms of making the job easier. Use a small amount of the paste and make it half strength (add water and mix until it is the consistency of milk). Paint this mixture onto the wall and let it dry thoroughly. This makes the application easier and also makes the wallpaper stick better and for longer.

Step 3 – Measure your surface

Look at your wall, there is no guarantee that it is perfectly square or straight. Get a piece of string that is slightly shorter than the height of your wall, then tie a weight to one end of it. Measure one metre from the top corner inwards then hold the string at that point and the string will fall perfectly straight. Draw a line along the string.

Step 4 – Prepare the First Piece of Wallpaper

Measure the height of your wall (twice, just to be sure). Unroll your wallpaper and measure this length. Add 5cm so that you can trim the excess so that the piece perfectly matches the length of the wall.

Step 5 – Let the Paste Activate

Now mix up the remainder of the wallpaper paste as per the instructions on the packet. Then paint the paste onto the one metre section of wall that you previously marked. Pay particular attention to applying paste where the edges of the wallpaper will be. Don’t immediately rush your wallpaper on, the paste stays sticky for some time so make sure you do each step carefully.

Step 6 – Install the First Strip

Lift it up and make sure the edge is perfectly aligned with the pencil mark on the wall. Working from the centre of the wall apply firm and even pressure from that point then work outwards, then upwards, then lastly downwards always making sure your paper lines up with the stringline on the wall. Gently smooth out the bubbles with a nice flat edge (eg. Ruler, paint scraper, etc). Press top and bottom edges firmly into place and trim with a utility knife.

Step 7 – Match the Pattern

The next strip will be placed into the corner. So be very careful to match the pattern and cut the second strip as per Step 4, making sure of the pattern match. Be aware that sometimes you will have more waste than expected because of matching the patterns together. Then follow Step 6 and smooth the paper into the edge of the wall then trim all the way down the wall as well as the top and bottom. Now work in the other direction, pasting the wall a section at a time, matching the pattern so that it continues along harmoniously and then trimming the paper as per Step 6.

Step 8 – Admire your work

You are now done! Congratulations on applying your very own wallpaper. We hope we have made the application as easy as possible for you. We also hope you love it for a long time to come.