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Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

Nowadays it’s easier and quicker than you think to install wallpaper. It’s also simpler to change and remove the wallpaper when that time comes.

New technology means wallpapering is much easier than it was!

A stunning and unique designer statement interior decorating wallpaper wall mural inspired by Alice In Wonderland but revamped with a sophisticated vibe. In soft pastel grey blue colours of Heron grey, blue, turquoise, copper, grey tones

If you are ready to install than you have read our Fact and Product Guide and have prepared your wall for Installation.

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

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What You Will Need:
  • A friend
  • step ladder
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • A spirit/laser level or plumb bob
  • wallpaper adhesive (see here for guide)
  • roller and tray
  • paint brush (for hard to reach places)
  • wallpaper
  • squeegee (or similar to smooth out air bubbles)
  • scissors
  • stanley knife
  • steel ruler
  • Dust sheet or floor protection
  • baby wipes (excellent for removing excess paste off the wallpaper, floors, walls and ceilings)
All the supplies needed to complete a vinyl heavy duty wallpaper wall covering installation. Heavy duty adhesive, laser level, steel ruler, stanley knife, tape measure, squeegie, baby wipes, paint roller and brush.

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

INSTRUCTIONS: How to install our paste-the-wall wallpaper.

We use vinyl wallpaper with the revolution paste-the-wall technique, making Installation, cleaning and removal easy – click here for more facts about this type of wallpaper.

Wallpaper panel size:

Our custom made wallpaper is printed on panels 130cm wide by the height of your intended wall. The final panel will be smaller depending on your wall size.

paste the wall wallpaper, custom printing, large wide panels 130cm wide.
For the above example the buyers wall is 290cm tall and 360cm wide. 10cm is added to bottom of panels and also to the side of the final panel. This is necessary because walls and ceilings are rarely straight and will vary in size.

STEP 1: Prepping the wall

Wipe and clean the desired wall. Surfaces should be clean, dry, sound and free of dust, grease, and other residue.

You are ready to begin installing your wallpaper once the wall has been prepped and cured from a primer (see here for guide).

STEP 2: Marking a boundary line for the first panel

Boundary line:

Always start installing your wallpaper from left to right. Firstly we are going to make a boundary line for the first wallpaper panel. We print on wall panels that are 130cm wide therefore the line needs to be 130m wide from the edge of the left wall side. A spirit/laser level or plumb line will ensure that even if your ceilings or floors are not level (highly likely), the wallpaper will still be installed straight. This line will give you a perfectly straight vertical marker to hang your first strip of wallpaper against.

If you don’t have a laser level then use your spirit level to mark the boundary line with pencil. Alternatively you can use a plumb bob to mark the line – see here.

A detailed wallpaper installation guide for paste-the-wall heavy duty vinyl wall coverings! Our instructions are clear and easy to follow. Photo shows a laser level line which marks the first boundary for straight wallpaper installation.
This is a line made from a laser level indicating 130cm wide from the left wall edge.

STEP 3: Glue your first area

Applying the glue:

Roll the glue on the wall using the roller but only in the 130cm wide area that we marked up from STEP 2 . Also allow roughly 3cm of glue past your laser level or marked line. Use a paintbrush to paint the glue in areas the roller cant do. Recommended high quality adhesive glue is quite thick so you need to be generous with the glue but don’t go overboard. Make sure the edges of the area have a reasonable amount of glue or the seams of the wallpaper panel may not stick down.

*If you want further advice on how much glue to use see below for more.

Fittings or fixtures:

If you have any fittings or fixtures (such as a light switch) on the wall then stop rolling the glue when you get to the top of that fitting. STEP 5 will explain how to make an ‘X’ cut in the wallpaper to allow the fitting or fixture to pop through, after STEP 5 you can finish rolling the glue for the remainder of the wall section.

STEP 4: Hang your first wallpaper panel

Order the wallpaper:

In a clean area free of dust, arrange the wallpaper panels in order from left to right that you wish them to appear on the wall.

Positioning of wallpaper:

Carefully climb your step ladder with the first wallpaper panel in hand and position the top left corner of the panel to the top left corner of the wall. A good way to do it is to have a friend hold the bottom of the panel slightly off the wall while you position the top of the panel to the wall. Or you could climb the ladder with the wallpaper roll, position the top 50cm and rest the wallpaper roll on your ladder (see picture).

Be sure to adjust the wallpaper so that it is running straight inline with your spirit or laser level line. Do not follow your ceiling line or left wall edge as it is highly likely these are not straight. Our wallpaper panels are designed to be hung perfectly straight regardless of whether the ceilings or wall edges are straight.

Variations in ceiling heights:

Almost all ceilings (even in brand new houses) will differ a cm or so in height on either wall end.

A detailed wallpaper installation guide for paste-the-wall heavy duty vinyl wall coverings! Our instructions are clear and easy to follow. Photo shows what to do if your ceilings and walls are not straight.
Image shows installation of wallpaper where ceiling heights differ at both ends.

In the above image the right end of the ceiling is about 1.5cm higher than the left. Regardless of this the wallpaper has still been hung straight. The difference is subtle and no one should notice except the installer.

A detailed wallpaper installation guide for paste-the-wall heavy duty vinyl wall coverings! Our instructions are clear and easy to follow. Photo shows what to do if your ceilings and walls are not straight.
Image shows green line (ceiling height) and red line (straight wallpaper installation).

This is a copy of the previous image except a green line has been marked showing the variation in ceiling height to the installed wallpaper (straight line of wallpaper indicated in red).

Installing first wallpaper panel:

This first panel will be used to line the additional panels up, therefore take time to position it as perfect as you can. Hold the wallpaper up slightly off the wall and try to position it straight before you press it against the wall. Press down onto the glue adhesive only the first 20cm of wallpaper and slide the wallpaper to adjust into place (recommended wall primer will greatly assist in gentle sliding of wallpaper). No need to rush, then smooth it across using a squeegee. Continue to do this is in roughly 30cm increments making sure the wallpaper is installed straight. Do not push too hard as the glue will seep from the edges and we do not want too much glue escaping. You just want to use light force so there are no air bubbles and the entire section is stuck down.

What if glue seeps out from behind wallpaper:

If glue adhesive seeps out onto ceiling, floor, wall or wallpaper panels then simply wipe off with baby wipes. These wipes will come in handy many times during installation.

What to do when there are fittings or fixtures:

If you have any fittings or fixtures (such as a light switch) on the wall then stop pasting the wallpaper down when you get to the top of the fitting or fixture.

STEP 5: Cutting an ‘X’ for fittings and fixtures

For any fittings or fixtures on the wall (such as a light switch) we will create an ‘X’ cut that allows the fitting or fixture to pop through the wallpaper.

Before cutting:

If you have a power point or a light switch on the wall make sure the power is turned off before you begin. Take the outer top shell off the fitting.

Marking the ‘X’ cut:

Smooth down the wallpaper in STEP 4 until you reach the top of the fitting or fixture. Let the wallpaper fall over the fitting or fixture without being pasted down. From the front of the wallpaper feel for the corners of the fitting or fixture and mark each corner with pencil, then draw two diagonal lines from left top corner to the right bottom corner and the reverse to make an ‘X’.

Cutting the ‘X’ cut:

For your safety lift the wallpaper away from the fitting to cut the marked ‘X’ with a stanley knife or scissors (take care not to cut the X bigger than the fitting).

Push the wallpaper down gently onto the wall. The fitting should pop up through the X cut you made or adjust the X cut if needed to allow the fitting through.

Finish applying glue to the rest of wall section:

Lift the wallpaper back up, holding it away from the wall and finish rolling the adhesive to the rest of the wall area (still only within our first boundary line). Allow the fitting to pop back through the ‘X’ cut in the wallpaper and smooth down the rest of the wallpaper.

Trim the excess wallpaper from ‘X’ cut:

Trim the flaps of the paper leaving about 10mm over lap. Replace the fitting shell making sure the flaps are tucked behind it.

Further help for large fixtures (such as hanging bedside tables):

For large fixtures you may need to make vertical slits to allow the fixture to pop through. Do this in the most inconspicuous place (such as at the bottom). They can easily be pushed back together when you paste the wallpaper down.

Overhang from excess wallpaper:

Our wallpaper panels have 10cm added to the last panel edge and also the ends of all wallpaper panels. We do this because as noted above walls and ceilings are rarely straight therefore your wall measurements will vary slightly. We will cut this overhang off in STEP 7.

STEP 6: Additional wallpaper panels

Once the first panel is in place on the wall, follow steps 2 to 5 again for the remaining panels.

How does the wallpaper line up?

There is no overlapping needed with our wallpaper. Position the wallpaper in place making sure the pattern lines up. The wallpaper panels simply butt up against each other for seamless installation.

The final panel:

Sometimes when the last panel is small in size it can be hard to install whilst the 10cm excess overhang is still on the wallpaper panel. A good solution is that when you position the top 20cm of the panel in place also cut the overhang for that area straight after. Continue to do these two things together for the rest of the wallpaper panel.

STEP 7: Trim the excess wallpaper

Now that all the panels are correctly installed we can trim the excess. There will be approximately 10cm overhang on the last right side panel and the bottom of all the panels. In rare cases you may have to adjust overhang from the top of the panels. Use a steel ruler and stanley knife to carefully remove excess trim. Do this carefully and slowly.

Heavy duty vinyl wallpaper:

The wallpaper is heavy duty vinyl and force will be required to push the steel ruler flat against the wall on top of the wallpaper. If you have a long steel ruler than a friend can assist here as they hold the steel ruler flat with force whilst you cut the excess.

A detailed wallpaper installation guide for paste-the-wall heavy duty vinyl wall coverings! Our instructions are clear and easy to follow. Trimming the wallpaper excess overhang/
Installer using a metal ruler and stanley knife to cut the over hang of wallpaper.

Detailed Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall Vinyl

STEP 8: Take a step back and enjoy your wall transformation!

A detailed wallpaper installation guide for paste-the-wall heavy duty vinyl wall coverings! Our instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Finished installation image.

We hope you have found our detailed guide on how to install our luxury vinyl paste-the-wall wallpaper easy to follow and understand.

If you have any further questions get in contact with us.

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

Detailed Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

Additional Help

* It’s always tricky trying to work out whether you are using too much or not enough wall paper glue.

A good way to make sure is to check the manufactures specifications and do a little maths. For example Roman pro-880 Ultra Clear Strippable Wallpaper Adhesive comes in a 3.78L tub. The manufactures claim that 3.78L will cover a wall approx 30m2. Therefore if your wall is only 13m2 you roughly should be using half of the tub on the entire wall. A handy tip is to draw a line on the tub approximately half way. Then on the top half section divide that by the number of panels you have to install (usually only 2 1/2 or 3 panels) and draw those markers on the tub also. Now you have a guide how much glue you will need per panel.

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