How to use paste-the-wall wallpaper


Paste-the-wall wallpaper is a special paper which only requires you to paste the wall and hang the paper. This type of paper is an ideal option if you want to decorate quickly and easily and cut out the time consuming processes that regular wallpapering requires.  No pasting table is required and you don’t need to wait for paste to soak into the paper before it is hung.

Difficulty rating: Low

These tasks should be fairly straightforward, whether you have experience doing DIY or none at all.

Step 1. Decide the order of hanging

Start all-over patterns at a window. Then work away from the window in both directions towards the darkest corner of the room.  Large patterned coverings should be centred on the chimney breast. If the room has two adjacent windows, the covering should be centred between them.

Step 2. Draw a vertical line down the wall

Using a plumb line, draw a vertical line with a pencil down the wall you are going to start papering. This will ensure that your pattern will remain straight and avoid the pattern looking diagonal, especially on long walls.

Step 3. Paste the wall

Using a roller or a brush, add an even layer of all-purpose wallpaper paste to a section of your wall.

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Step 4. Hang your paper on the wall


After you’ve cut the wallpaper roughly to length, hang it on the wall over the pre-pasted section.

Step 5. Smooth and trim to finish


Smooth the wallpaper into place using a brush and trim the top and bottom using a decorating knife.

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Top tips:

Occasionally, edges on darker paper can start to show. Rubbing a water soluble crayon along the edge of the paper can help to disguise this.

A strong all-purpose wallpaper adhesive is ideal for hanging paste-the-wall wallpaper. Always paste a small section of the wall at a time. If you prefer to paste the paper, you can do, it will still be quicker as you don’t need to soak the paper.

Pattern matching

If you are matching a pattern, this type of paper is ideal. It slides easily on the wall to allow for matching yet it remains dry to the touch on the outer so it’s a lot less messy.

Using lining paper

Paste-the-wall wallpaper can be hung over lining paper if you prefer. Lining paper creates a smooth surface for hanging wallpaper, for a perfect seamless finish hang the lining paper horizontally.  You may discover a few air bubbles to begin with but they will disappear as they dry out.

Hanging a border

You can hang a border over paste-the-wall wallpaper.  We recommend using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive and to paste the border before you place it on top.

Easy to remove

You can easily peel of paste-the-wall wallpaper when you want to redecorate. From the base of the wall, lift a corner of the wallpaper and peel upwards. No soaking time or steaming is required.

Tools for the job