How to Skillfully Hang and Trim Wallpaper

How to Skillfully Hang and Trim WallpaperDiscover the very first steps of learning how to skillfully hang and trim wallpaper.

By following the expert advice and implementing the simple skills and techniques shown in the video below, you will quickly master the knack of basic wallpapering. You will learn what basic tools are required and how to use them competently.

The straightforward methods demonstrated in the video are easy for you to understand and put into practice.

This skill set you gain from studying and using these methods will help you avoid wasting time, money and materials. This is accomplished by getting your DIY wallpapering job done quickly and efficiently.

Your investment in any tools needed for the job will be offset by the money saved from avoiding the cost of someone to do the job for you. You will also have a set of tools and techniques that you can apply to future decorating jobs.



Supplies Needed

Folding PastingTable

48" Spirit Level

Straight Edge

Knife or Scissors

Measuring Tape

Soft-lead Pencil

Plumb Line

Pasting Brush

Wallpaper Paste

Border Adhesive


Step by Step Instructions

Start by marking the wall from a plumb line and drawing a vertical line to align the first paper strip and keep it straight.

Measure off the length of strip required by measuring the drop- allow extra for matching pattern paper and cut from the roll. Use the wallpaper table as a support.

Apply the correct mix of paste to the paper by brushing from the center of the strip to the edges. Let the paste soak the paper as recommended before applying it to the wall.

Starting at the top, slide the paper into position and match the pattern as required - do this for the whole length of the wallpaper strip from ceiling to baseboard.

Use a brush or scraper in a smooth sweeping action to to expel air pockets by flattening the paper. Take care to avoid over stretching the paper.

Trim the excess paper from the top and bottom by pulling a sharp knife or scissors along a straight edge for a neat cut.

Remove excess paste with a wet sponge and keep the work area free from paste by folding up and trashing any unwanted off-cuts.

To paper round a corner, measure the distance from the edge of the fixed wallpaper strip to the corner. Take three measurements - at the top, middle and bottom of the wall.

Take the longest measurement as the size to cut the width of the strip and allow an extra 1/4" or so to overlap the corner.

Cut the strip and paste to the wall. Retain the off-cut to use on the other side of the corner.

Measure the width of the off-cut and use that size to fix and draw a guide line on the adjacent wall using a level as a straight edge.

Prepare the corner join by applying border adhesive for the whole height of the wall.

Paste the off-cut and slide the strip onto the wall and match the pattern where the paper strips meet at the corner.

Trim the paper at the top and bottom using the same method as before.

Finally, clean of any excess wallpaper paste and border adhesive from both corner strips.



For anyone with a practical nature these simple wallpapering skills will be easily acquired and developed by regular practice.

Once you are comfortable with the basics of hanging and trimming straight runs of wallpaper, you will have the confidence to tackle more complex jobs. Papering around windows and doors will become a less daunting prospect to take on.

Over time, you could be getting results that a professional would be proud to acknowledge. You can achieve that without having to fork out money for the expert's fees.

Eventually, decorating every room in your house to your standards of finish and taste in wallpaper will be easily done.

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