How To Hang Grasscloth

Tools Required:

  • Utility Knife

  • Plastic straight edge smoother

  • Soft bristle brush

  • Paint roller & tray

    Use a high-quality 10mm pile paint roller sleeve, the cheap ones may leave fluff on the back of your wallpaper & clog up your glue.

  • Paint brush & pot for adhesive when you are up a ladder

  • Adhesive

    It is important to use paste with a low water content as you are working with a fabric. A professional will use a commercial grade Low VOV paste that will adhere & last better

  • Pasting table

  • Measuring tape

  • Clean microfibre cloth

  • Scissors for trimming

  • Level

  • Ladder

If you’re chosen Grasscloth has a dark dye take off any external wrapping to let it dry out for 12 hours. This lets the ink dry so you don’t get any on your hands & therefore the paper.

Remove any plate covers, light fixtures etc.

Lightly sand your walls.

Note: you are using a natural fibre, do not get paste on the front of the wallpaper as you cant wipe it off as you could if using a traditional wallpaper material. Wiping the front could also cause the dye to come off.

Grasscloth is hung in a panels system. Start in the centre of the wall and work out to edges.

Measure the wallpaper length required. Leave an extra 20mm at the top and bottom. This takes into consideration that some walls are not level & gives you extra length to use if the ceiling runs out. Using your Knife carefully cut a strip against the straight edge to get a clean, straight line. We recommend using a new blade for every cut which will ensure clean cuts & avoid rips.

Apply paste to the wall. Leave this paste long enough to become tacky. Only do the section you are working on not the entire wall at the same time as the paste can dry out before you get there.

Then apply paste to the wallpaper back. It is essential not to miss any spots. Also do not apply too thickly. You are pasting the wall & the paper this is because a Grasscloth can be heavier than many wallpaper’s and so this practice ensures good adhesion.

Gently fold the paper (do not crease) in on itself & allow time for the paste to activate & the paper to soften and expand to cover the wallpaper fully. Fold the paper so that you can unfold it whilst hanging, you’ll then be working with the top third of the panel. This keeps the bottom out of your way until you need it without creasing it up.

Using the soft bristle brush or plastic wallpaper smoother, smooth the wallpaper as you hang. Lightly evening out any bubbles or creases in the wallpaper as you go. Don’t push too hard or you’ll squeeze out the paste & stretch the paper which will ruin that drop.

Overworking the paper with a brush or smoother will cause paper to fray.

Each drop will then be reverse hung. This means every alternate drop will be installed upside down.

If wrapping wallpaper around a return wall, use the dry cloth to smooth as you wrap.

With a Grasscloth joins do show. You are meant to see the variances in texture throughout. It is advised to keep the joins to a minimum and consistent throughout.

Sometimes there can be some threads remaining trim these carefully with scissors.

Do not use a damp cloth to wipe the wallpaper. If at all necessary use a dry, clean, microfibre cloth to gently wipe smooth to finish.