If possible move all furniture out of the room before you begin
Cover flooring and any unremoved-able furniture with dust sheets to protect them
Strip any old wallpaper and make that walls are dry and smooth
Fill any holes and cracks with filler, sand back once dry to leave a bumps free surface
Newly plastered walls need to be ‘sized’ to ensure bonding of wallpaper (you can do this by using the product ‘size’ or by watering down wallpaper paste and brushing all over the walls). Ensure thoroughly dry before you begin
Paint any skirtings, dado rails or door frames that require painting before you begin Wallpapering
2. Lining Paper
For a premium finish manufacturers recommend that you line your walls before you wallpaper. A heavy grade lining paper (1000gsm) can assist in covering any imperfections in your walls.
Lining paper should be hung horizontally so that the vertical seams can’t be seen through the wallpaper.
Don’t overlap the paper but leave a small gap approx 2mm between the joins when hanging horizontally.
Leave to dry thoroughly before hanging wallpaper
To rectify air bubbles in the lining paper, once dry make a small cut in lining paper and brush some wallpaper paste over the top, smooth back down and allow to dry.
3. Cutting the paper
Measure height of the wall regularly as you go as height can alter, especially in older homes.
Allow 50mm at the top and bottom of the wallpaper length (100mm in total) for trimming at ceiling and skirting.
Measure your length of wallpaper and mark on the back with a pencil and straight edge.
Use a sharp blade, cutting mat and metal ruler to cut across the width of the wallpaper in a straight line. Alternatively rule a line and use sharp scissors.
Use the cut length of wallpaper to measure against the remaining roll all consecutive lengths, considering and allowing for the pattern match.
Once cut, mark each piece with a pencil on the back top and bottom to avoid hanging any pieces of wallpaper upside down.
4. Pasting the Paper
Depending on the type of paper you have bought you will be pasting the back of the wallpaper (paste the paper), soaking the wallpaper in water (pre-pasted), or pasting directly onto the wall (new paste-the-paper papers).
Assuming you are pasting the paper, liberally paste the back of the wallpaper from the centre to the edge lying each length out on a suitable long bench or table or covered floor
Leave the pasted length for the recommended times as stated on the label. Some papers ‘soak’ for a period of time to allow the paper to stretch before it is applied to the wall.
5. Hanging the Wallpaper
Plan for your pattern. If your wallpaper has a bold pattern plan for where you will hang your first sheet to aesthetically take advantage of the pattern. It is not always best to work from one edge of the wall to the other. You may get a better result hanging your first sheet in the centre of the wall and working outward to each edge.
If you have a plain patterned wallpaper or small scale pattern with no particular focal point its best to work starting at the window side of the wall.
Before hanging your first piece, draw a vertical line on the wall using a plumb line.
Hang your first piece against the plumb line, smooth down using a brush, cloth, squeegee or rubber/foam roller. Your smoothing instrument will depend or personal preference and whether the wallpaper is textured, flocked or smooth.
Smooth out any air bubbles and trim the top and bottom of the wallpaper gently using a blade or scissors.
Hang your next piece butting up against the first and carefully matching the pattern joins. Don’t overlap or leave any gaps, run your roller along the join