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How to hang your custom wallpaper

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How to hang custom wallpaper

Step by step guide

Step 1

To ensure that you get the best possible finish, sand away any surface bumps and remove any flaking material from walls, leaving them ready for papering.

Step 2

Unwrap and roll out your wallpaper. Check that you are happy with the product and that you have all of the rolls needed for the job.

Step 3

Each roll can be separated by cutting along the dotted lines. The roll numbers will allow you to line them up in order ready to use.

Step 4

Choose where you want to start wallpapering from (moving from left to right) and measure the width of one roll. Using a spirit level or plumb line, you can mark a straight line down the wall to act as guide when applying the wallpaper. You can repeat this across the wall for additional guidance.

Step 5

Generously apply the adhesive to the wall using a roller, covering one length wide at a time (approx 60cm). To avoid blistering under the wallpaper, cover the full area with adhesive, leaving no patches. Swap to a brush for those areas where the roller can't reach.

Step 6

To make the roll easier to carry to the wall, fold the roll together in the middle with the pattern on the inside. This will stop the adhesive getting on to the front design. Line up the top of the length with your earlier guideline and the ceiling before letting go of the folded roll. Don't worry if you make a mistake, remove the full length from the wall and start again. Do not try to reposition wallpaper when it is already hung on the wall. It may be necessary to add more adhesive to the wall if it has started to dry.

Step 7

Use your papering tool and damp sponge to smooth out the wallpaper starting at the ceiling and working down the wall from the middle out to the edges. This will remove any surplus adhesive and air bubbles. For best results make sure you keep the papering tool clean at all times, removing any adhesive or ink residue.

Step 8

Ensure that the wallpaper is pushed tight into the edges of the wall before trimming any excess wallpaper. Steel rules or spatulas are good tools to use for neat and straight edges. Replace your knife blade often, as a dull blade can easily tear the wallpaper.

Step 9

Repeat these steps to complete your wall.

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