Peel-and-stick wallpaper is an easy way to add color or pattern to any room. But hanging this type of wallcovering requires a bit more preparation than traditional pasted paper.
Before you begin hanging the wallpaper, wipe down the walls and baseboards to remove any dust or debris. You may also want to remove the faceplates from any electrical outlets and light switches.
Level the Wall
Most walls are not symmetrical so getting the first strip on straight is key. Using a plumb line (weight at the end of a string) makes this simple to do. Follow this line and all other strips should fall in the correct position. I recommend this website for more wallpaper singapore.
If you are hanging washable paper that requires booking, soak the wallpaper and let it rest for about three minutes to relax and expand. Then smooth out with a brush.
If you are working with paste-the-wall paper, prep the wall as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Often this involves pasting over previous product, this is referred to as double-cutting. When doing this, leave the first drop of paper extending over the wall for 15mm, trim and then hang the second length overlapping by 1.3cm – see the image above. This will create a seamless join between the two drops. This technique is particularly useful when working with intricate designs.
Remove the Backing
Unless you’re using removable wallpaper, the type that simply peels away, your walls will likely have an existing strip of wallpaper. If this is the case, dampen a large piece of plastic and drape it over the wall. Then, cover the plastic with towels to absorb the moisture and prevent water from soaking into the wall surface.
Professionally-hung wallpaper is often trickier to remove than homeowner-hanging paper, since the pros often apply heavy adhesives and use an activator to improve adhesion. Nevertheless, if you’re able to score the old wallpaper with a utility knife, you can usually pull it off in one large strip.
Before you start hanging the wallpaper, however, feel around for any electrical switches and sockets on your wall. If you can feel them underneath the paper, make a small x in the middle of each to mark their location. Then, cut off the excess paper at the top and bottom of your wall with a utility knife.
Once you’ve leveled the wall, removed the backing and cut your first strip, you can start hanging the wallpaper. You may find that you’re better off having someone to help, but this project can be done alone too.
Christer Bechtell, owner and operator of Macuna Wallpapering, recommends taking your time and using a spirit level to keep the paper straight. He also suggests that you follow the product’s application instructions closely. Many require that the paper be soaked, booked and hung. Others can be pasted directly on the wall and may not require any booking.
To ensure a smooth pattern match, be sure to line up the top edge of each strip with the previous strip. If your wallpaper has a repeating pattern, this will ensure a neat seam. If you’re not happy with the position of a seam, pull off the wallpaper and reposition it. Repeat this step until all of the strips are positioned properly and trimmed.
Trim the Wallpaper
While traditional pasted wallpaper is much more forgiving and allows you to shift the paper a bit to get it in just the right position, working with peel-and-stick wallpaper requires you to be very careful. So start with a clean wall by removing the faceplates from any electrical outlets and switches and giving it a quick wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
Next, mark a plumb (perfectly vertical) line on the wall using your level and pencil. This will be the guideline you use to apply your first strip of wallpaper. Once you’ve done this, measure the width of your wallpaper minus one inch to ensure that your first strip has enough overhang in the corner (so it doesn’t pull away from the baseboard). Then, cut two pieces that length with a utility knife, lining up the patterns as you go. Lastly, remove the paper backing from your first strip and apply it to the wall, smoothing out any bubbles as you work.