How To Hang Vinyl Wallpaper

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, damp cloth

  • Scissors for trimming

  • Level

  • Ladder

  • Seam Roller

Remove any plate covers, light fixtures etc.

Lightly sand your walls.

Measure the wallpaper length required. Leave an extra 20mm at the top and bottom. This takes into consideration that some walls are not level and 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 as this ensures clean cuts and avoids rips.

Prepare the wall first by applying paste to the wall. Leave the paste long enough to become tacky. Only do the section you are working on (not the entire wall) as the paste can dry out before you get there.

Using your roller spread the paste over the back of the paper ensuring you cover the entire surface.

Gently fold the paper in on itself (do not crease) and allow time for the paste to activate and the paper to soften/expand. 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 the 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 even out any bubbles or creases in the wallpaper as you go. Don’t push too hard or you will squeeze out the paste and stretch the paper which will ruin that drop.

To keep the edges from curling, you need to set them with a roller. Running the roller along the seams also helps flatten the edges.