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, alternative ones may leave soft fibres on the back of your wallpaper and clog up your glue.

  • Paint brush & pot for adhesive (when using 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, which creates a better bond between the wallpaper and the wall and ensures a lasting result.

  • Pasting table

  • Measuring tape

  • Clean, damp cloth

  • Scissors for trimming

  • Level

  • Ladder

  • Seam Roller


1. Remove any plate covers, light fixtures, etc.

2. Lightly sand your walls.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7. 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, to allow you to unfold it whilst hanging. You will then be working with the top third of the panel. This will keep the bottom out of the way, without creasing it up, until you need it.

8. 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. Do not push too hard or you will squeeze out the paste and stretch the paper, which will ruin that drop.

N.B 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.