The Amateur’s Guide to Wallpaper Hanging

Did you know that there are actually wallpaper hanging schools? Professional paper hangers spend time and money
to learn everything about hanging wallpaper as well as details about the industry and the types of wallpaper on the market. This is a craftsman career just as is carpentry. While most anyone can slap paint on the wall and have it come out looking somewhat decent, wall paper hanging is one of those fine arts that if not done properly will draw the eye to every little imperfection and error; making it a job typically left to the professionals, especially when using intricate patterns and stripes. If you have a courageous bone and wish to attempt hanging your own wall paper, there are a few tips of the trade that you should keep in mind.


There are many slippery surfaces and sharp edges when hanging wallpaper due to the slick glues, and razor sharp box cutters that are used for adhering the wallpaper to the wall, and trimming loose edges into corners. This makes it very important to keep your work environment clutter free and illuminated.

Providing the proper lighting as you hang wallpaper does two things; it provides a safer work environment and also allows you to better see edges in order to line up patterns and individual wall paper sheets more proficiently. Good lighting is the best way to see bubbles or odd angles as the paper may slip from time to time before it dries completely, so that you may correct these issues while the paper is still wet.

Keeping discarded wallpaper trimmings off of the floor and away from work areas is important to avoiding slip and fall injuries; since the glue used to adhere the wallpaper to the wall is extremely slippery making these scraps equally as slippery when stepped on.

Double Measure for Accuracy

Accurate measuring is important when hanging wallpaper so that edges line up, patterns meet where they are supposed to meet, and alignment in corners is done correctly. The best way to have accurate measurements and avoid wasting expensive wallpaper is to double measure. Measure each section of the wall and the paper to be attached to that wall twice before cutting and applying your paper; it may take a little longer, but it will save you time and money in the end.

Remove Bubbles as you Work down the Wall

Bubbles under the paper lead to tears, and misalignments. Starting from a top corner and using a scraper as you work your way in a downward diagonal direction allows you to gradually work out any bubbles or creases and wrinkles as the paper is applied saving you from having to remove the sheet and reinstall it later. This also insures that the wallpaper has better contact with the wall so that it will stay in place longer without shifting, sliding or peeling.

There are many, many more professional tips to guide you through the wallpaper hanging process for that clean finished look you are trying to achieve, but these basic tips will help you stay safe and create the look you hope to achieve.