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A Guide to Hanging Wallpaper with Success

Adding texture to a room is a great way make a room more visually appealing. Unfortunately, many people think that hanging wallpaper automatically equals uneven patterns and peeling seams. With the right process of aligning, pasting, hanging, and trimming, hanging wallpaper can actually become a fairly straightforward and simple process.

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Prepare for the Job

Before you even begin your project, you need to carefully plan out your wallpaper job. Choose your dominant wall so you can make sure the seam layout is least noticeable there. Keep in mind that the pattern will seldom fully match up when you’re done. As a result, it’s a good idea to plan your last strip to end up either behind or above the door since this is the most inconspicuous spot in the room. If you’re right-handed, it’s easier to work counterclockwise around a room, and if you’re left-handed, it’s better to work clockwise.

Get Wallpaper Ready for Hanging

Once you have your wallpaper layout in place, unroll your sheets and cut them 4 inches longer than your wall height. Make sure you’re cutting the same place on each sheet so your pattern lines up. Next, lay the wallpaper face down on a table and use a paint roller to apply a thin layer of wallpaper paste. Be sure you don’t get any wallpaper paste on the table because it can damage the next sheet you lay down.

Book Your Wallpaper

Booking your wallpaper prevents the adhesive from drying out and helps activate the paste. To book your wallpaper, fold up the top and bottom ends of the pasted side so they meet about halfway up the paper. Make sure that the sides line up perfectly, then put the wallpaper aside and let the paste soak in. Each manufacturer has different booking times, so make sure you follow these recommendations.

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Hang the Wallpaper

Once you’re ready to hang your wallpaper, start in a corner near the door. Unpeel the top half of the booked wallpaper and hang it on the wall with about two inches of overhang at the ceiling. Smooth the wallpaper on the wall with vertical strokes first, then horizontal strokes. Next, unpeel the bottom half of the wallpaper and hang it the same way you applied the top half.

Create Perfect Seams

Smoothly aligning the seams is one of the hardest parts of wallpapering. To make your seams line up perfectly, hang your section next to the preceding one so that the edges barely touch. Then, use your fingertips to carefully push the seams closed. Once it’s in place, use a seam roller to secure the seams.

Trim Your Wallpaper

Once your wallpaper is up, you’ll need to trim away the excess paper. Trim the extra paper at the ceiling and baseboard by using a breakaway razor knife and a metal trim guide. Routinely change the blade on the knife because once the blade starts to dull, you risk tearing the wallpaper.

Hanging wallpaper can significantly change the look of any room. Follow these steps to wallpaper your rooms like a professional.

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