Wallpapering Guide

First and foremost make sure you choose the right wallpaper.

To be sure get a sample of the wallpaper and bring it home to match it up against your furniture and other home accessories. This doesn't have to cost you a penny, companies like WallpaperDirect.co.uk offer a free samples service.

Now for the crucial tips...

  • If it's your first attempt at papering try using a lining paper first. Not only will it give you the perfect surface to hang your 'finished' wallpaper on it will also give you some invaluable practice.

  • It's all in the preparation.  Complete all the painting before starting on the papering; and cover all furniture with dustsheets, moving it out of the way to give yourself plenty of room to work.

  • Make sure you have all the right tools.  Having a good paste table, pasting brush, sponge, plumb bob, tape measure, sharp knife, pair of decorating scissors and a bucket of clean water will make the job easier and quicker.

  • Strip away old wallcoverings by soaking with wallpaper stripper or warm water and detergent. When fully saturated, scrape off with a stripping knife.

  • Make sure that bare walls are sound, clean and dry, filling all holes and cracks with filler, smoothing down the surface when it is set.

  • Consider where you will start hanging. For boldly patterned wallpapers choose a focal point such as a chimney breast or the dominant wall and plan to hang from the centre. If you have a plainer design start in a corner, usually behind the door.

  • With a bold design, always cut the first length so that when it is hung and finally trimmed top and bottom there will be a complete motif at the top of the wall.

  • When pasting start from the top and brush the paste down the length and out towards the edges so that it evenly covers the surface.

  • Few walls are truly square or perfectly vertical. Avoid your pattern going awry by marking a vertical pencil line against a plumb line or long spirit level. Don't hang on the line, but just leave it showing by about 5mm and hang parallel with it.

  • If blisters appear as the wallcovering lengths start to dry out, it usually means there are air pockets underneath. Ease the paper away and brush it down again, expelling the air as you do so.

  • Go to websites like wallpaperdirect.co.uk for free samples and design ideas before you get started so you know exactly what you want before you start.

Tips provided by Wallpaper Direct