How to Hang Wallpaper and Borders

A few guidelines and tips on do it yourself wallpapering

You Will Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Drop Cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Vinyl Wall Sizing
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Straight Edge
  • Trimming Knife
  • Large Table or Smooth Surface
  • Paint Roller
  • Water Tray
  • Step Ladder
  • Brush or Plastic Smoother
  • Sponge
  • Seam Roller

Before You Start

  • Turn off electrical power and remove all switch plates and outlet covers.
  • Remove old wallpaper.
  • The walls should be smooth and clean.Gloss paint must be sanded to a dull surface.
  • It’s a good idea to sand down the walls even if wallpapered to insure removal of any imperfections.
  • Wash walls with a mild detergent to remove any dirt or dust created from sanding and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • For newly painted or spackled walls should be covered with a primer-sealer and let dry for 24 hours.
  • Completely cover walls with vinyl wall sizing to insure that the wallpaper will easily slide when positioning each sheet.
  • Sizing also helps prevent air pockets.
  • Before hanging, check the pattern and run or dye lot numbers on each bolt to make sure they are all the same.
  • Completely read the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check each bolt for printing and shading defects.
  • Save labels and packaging information in case you need to buy more wallpaper

Step-By-Step Guide