Hanging Wallpaper

Instantly transform your interior by hanging new wallpaper.

If striking new patterns and stunning colours have made you a wallpaper convert, we'll show you the techniques to effectively measure, cut and hang your wallpaper.


  •  There are 11 steps to completing this project:
    Step 1  Pick a starting point
    Step 2  Cut the wallpaper
    Step 3  Activate the adhesive on pre-pasted paper
    Step 4  Apply wallpaper paste on un-pasted paper
    Step 5  Apply wallpaper paste on the wall for the "Paste the Wall" collection
    Step 6  Hang the wallpaper
    Step 7  Trim the excess paper
    Step 8  Smooth the corners
    Step 9  Hang around the corner
    Step 10  Repeat hanging the strips around the room
    Step 11  Replace

  • Wallpaper
    Paste (If Wallpaper is Un-Pasted)
    Spackling Compound

  • Water Tray
    Sponges and Rags
    Measuring Tape
    Level or Chalk Line
    Drop Cloth
    Orbital Sander (If Needed)
    Putty Knife
    Utility Knife or Straight Edge Razor
    Smoothing Brush
    Seam Roller

1  Pick A Starting Point

The first strip of wallpaper will line up with the last strip of wallpaper you hang and the pattern should match up at that place. You will want to start and finish wallpapering in a corner, near the curtains or behind a door so that the mismatch is less obvious. The focal point of the room should have the fewest seams. Measure out from your starting point and use a level to lightly draw a vertical straight edge on the wall. This line marks where the first strip of wallpaper should be placed. Keep in mind that walls should be free of debris prior to hanging the wallpaper, and any holes or cracks should be patched with spackling and sanded until smooth.

2  Cut The Wallpaper

Lay the first roll of paper, print side down, on the flat work surface. Confirm the top and bottom of the pattern. Measure and cut the first wallpaper strip to the proper length, adding two extra inches at the top and bottom - this will be trimmed off later. Measure and cut the rest of the strips in order, paying attention to pattern match.

3  Activate The Adhesive On Pre-Pasted Paper

If you have un-pasted or "Paste the Wall" paper, skip to steps 4 and 5.

4  Apply Wallpaper Paste On Un-Pasted Paper

For un-pasted wallpaper, apply pre-mixed paste using a large pasting brush or paint roller, working from the middle to the ends. Be sure that all areas are covered with paste with no un-pasted spots and then book the paper (the "booking" process is explained in Step 3.) Refer to the instruction sheet from your wallpaper for the proper amount of booking time.

5  Apply Wallpaper Paste On The Wall For The "Paste The Wall" Collection

Use a roller to evenly paste where the first length of wallpaper will hang. Make sure you use plenty of paste and that the pasted area is slightly wider than the width of the roll.

6  Hang The Wallpaper

Starting at the ceiling, carefully unfold the top half of the first sheet of wallpaper and gently place the side edge of the strip along the measured line. Don't forget to leave two extra inches of paper at the top and bottom for trimming later. When the strip is in the right position, gently smooth the paper against the wall with your hands, beginning at one edge and working your way across. Use a smoothing brush, brush in an up-and-down motion working towards the seam – this will smooth out any air bubbles. Unfold the bottom half of the sheet and apply the same smoothing technique from the top half. Use a seam roller to gently smooth down the edges of the wallpaper.

7  Trim The Excess Paper

Use a wide-blade putty knife to hold down the top of the wallpaper strip at the ceiling. Use the utility knife or straightedge razor to trim the excess wallpaper. Repeat at the bottom of the strip. Carefully clean any paste from the ceiling and baseboard. Wipe the strip of wallpaper with a clean, damp sponge to remove any paste and remaining air bubbles.

8  Smooth The Corners

At the corners, measure from the last full-width strip of wallpaper to the corner. Add 1 inch to that measurement and cut the next strip of wallpaper to that width. Activate or apply paste to the strip. Apply the wallpaper on the wall, making sure to smooth it totally into the corner for interior corners or around the corner for exterior corners. At the corner, make a small slit from the top of the strip to the wall to allow the strip to lie flat at the ceiling. Repeat on the bottom to allow the strip to lay flat at the floor. Trim off the top and bottom and clean the strip.

9  Hang Around The Corner

Place the next strip of wallpaper on the wall so that it overlaps the extra 1 inch of paper from the previous piece.

10  Repeat Hanging The Strips Around The Room

Continue hanging the next strips of wallpaper, taking care to match the pattern, trimming at the ceiling and floor, removing any creases or air bubbles, securing the seams, and cleaning the paste off the paper.

11  Replace

Replace light switch and plug plates.

Brian Santos – The Wall Wizard, a best selling author for Meredith/Better Homes and Gardens.