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How To Guides

Ready to use your new wallpaper but need some tips? Look no further! We've compiled a list of great how-to guides that will assist you with your DIYing.

In our step-by-step guides, we will show you:

  1. How to hang and put up wallpaper
  2. The tools to use when you apply your wallpaper
  3. How to hang paste the wall wallpaper and paste the paper wallpaper
  4. How to hang wallpaper without the seams showing
  5. How to cut wallpaper
  6. How to hang patterned wallpaper

To start with you will need the correct wallpaper tools.

Wallpaper paste brush, spirit level or plumb line, sharp decorators’ scissors, a bucket of water, a clean sponge, pencil, a pasting table, tape measure, smoother brush, sanding paper/block, scraper, seam roller and a sharp Stanley knife.

Now this is the most important step and is essential – Check all your batch numbers match

Now you have all your tools to use to hang your wallpaper it's time to prep your walls. Here is a simple step-by-step

  1. Any painted walls should be sanded and roughened.
  2. Sponge the wall to remove any dirt and dust.
  3. Cut your wallpaper to size leaving a margin
  4. Use a spirit level to ensure the position of the first piece of wallpaper.
  5. Generously paste the paper or the wall depending on what type of wallpaper you are using.
  6. Avoid getting any paste on the patterned side as it can ruin the wallpaper
  7. Line the wallpaper up where you have marked the first position
  8. Trim the top and bottom wallpaper edges
  9. Match the pattern up with the second piece of wallpaper by sliding it together.
  10. Carefully wipe off any excess paste with a sponge and water.
  11.  Use a wallpaper smoother and seam roller to apply the finishing touches
How to prepare your wall:

Remove any old wallpaper with a scraper

  1. Fill any cracks or holes.
  2. Wash any painted surfaces to remove any dirt, dust or grease.
  3. Painted walls should be roughened with sandpaper
  4. Absorbent surfaces such as newly plastered walls should be primed, sealed and fully dried out before applying any new wallpaper.
  5. We recommend fully cross-lining your walls.
How to wallpaper corners:

A great tip before you start to hang your wallpaper around a corner is to be prepared to overlap the seam up to 12mm if the corner is uneven.

  1. The step-by-step video guide will show you
  2. To check that the internal/external corner is square and true.
  3. Check that surfaces are upright and vertical
  4. Press the paper into and around the corner

    How to wallpaper around radiators:

    If possible before you start this stage, drain and remove the radiator. This will help wallpapering around the radiators so much easier. If you are not able to remove the radiator then follow this step by step.

    1. Cut the wallpaper around the radiator
    2. Allow at least 5cm to go behind the radiator
    3. Don’t forget to paper underneath the radiator

    How to wallpaper around sockets:

    PLEASE NOTE – Before you even consider working around anything electrical ISOLATE THE POWER AT THE MAINS.

    1. Loosen the plate screws
    2. You your thumb and forefinger to crease wallpaper around the plate
    3. Cut corner to corner
    4. Cut 6mm inside the crease lines
    5. Push excess wallpaper behind the socket plate and then straighten and flatten
    6. Retighten the socket plate screws

    How to wallpaper around windows:

    1. Paper around the upright corner into the window frame
    2. Splice match above the window frame
    3. Paper around the horizontal corner into the window frame

    How to remove air bubbles from wallpaper:

    Air bubbles and wallpaper can be an annoying combination. But here at Wallpapershop.co.uk we know how to remove air bubbles from wallpaper.

    1. Most bubbles are simply caused by air being trapped underneath the wallpaper.
    2. Use a wallpaper smoother, decorator’s brush to push the air bubble from the centre to the edge.
    3. Take care not to crease the paper
    Important notice:

    It is extremely important to carry out the following checks before cutting the goods or using them in any way. It is also extremely important to read the hanging instructions on the manufacturer's label before you commence with the job.

    You must check your wallpaper upon arrival to ensure there are no defects. If you have any issues or queries then please contact us directly.

    Are you working in good lighting, cleanliness and temperature conditions? YES/NO

    Are you sure that the goods are as ordered and are free of faults? YES/NO

    (Your wallpaper must be the same pattern number, batch, colour & design to match up)

    Do you have the correct hanging instructions and are you using the correct adhesive? YES/NO

    (We recommend Ready-Mixed Paste for non-pasted paper - be sure not to overwork your paper which can cause stretching)

    Does the pattern repeat on the label match with what you were expecting? YES/NO

    Are the walls prepared correctly to ensure they are smooth and free from marks? YES/NO

    (Preparation may need to include lining your walls.)

    After hanging 3 LENGTHS of paper, is the result completely satisfactory? YES/NO

    If you have answered NO to any of the above checks or if you have any doubts, please do not proceed with the job. Please contact support@wallpapershop.co.uk immediately before continuing.

    When hanging a new roll of wallpaper, inspect after hanging 3 lengths. The decision to continue applying is then the decision of yourself or the decorator. We can not be held liable for consequential loss in respect of defects apparent prior to hanging.

    Please note some papers are reverse rolled due to production methods, the way the paper comes off the roll is not necessarily the way it should be hung, please ensure you check before hanging.