Wallpaper Hanging Techniques

Learn some special wallpaper hanging techniques by reading this do-it-yourself guide.

Hanging wallpaper in your home can help to beautify the rooms and make them look like new again. Basically, putting wallpaper up is a relatively easy job. But there are some tricks and techniques that you need to know to make the job more successful.

First off, if you don't have the proper knowledge, you may have problems matching up patterns correctly. There are two types of wallpaper patterns: straight across and random. In order to match up two pieces of paper together correctly, you'll need to use these techniques:

The Random pattern is the easiest to work with when it comes to wallpaper. One example of this pattern is a solid colored wallpaper. It's easy to use because there is nothing to line up. All you need to do is to measure, cut, paste, and hang each piece of wallpaper on the wall.

However, most wallpaper has a pattern on it. If it has a straight across pattern, then you'll need to line up the pattern that runs straight across the paper. You'll need to cut the wallpaper at the same spot in order to line up the pattern correctly.

There are also two types of wallpaper material: paper and vinyl. Paper wallpaper is hard to work with because it tears easily when it becomes wet. If you use paper material, then you'll need to take care to support the pieces of wet wallpaper as you use them. That means, instead of leaving them hanging down, you'll need to support them with your arms.

Vinyl wallpaper, on the other hand, is durable, and it resists tearing, stains, and dirt. This type of wallpaper can be washed once it's hung up on the wall. One of the biggest disadvantages is that it doesn't stick to itself. That means, you'll need to use a good quality seam sealer and a seam roller to paste the edges down securely.

When you reach the corner of a room, you might be tempted to run the wallpaper right around it. Bad idea. To paper a corner correctly so the wallpaper lays flat, you'll need to use a special technique. You'll need to paper the corner by using two pieces of wallpaper. The first piece will run into the corner. The second piece of wallpaper will need to be matched up to the first piece. It will then cover the remainder of the corner and beyond.

Wallpapering over light switches, wall outlets, isn't as hard as it may sound. Except, of course, you'll need to use a little extra caution when you're working around these electrical areas.

Use this technique for success everytime! First, remove the light switch and wall outlet covers and set them aside. Dry fit the piece of wallpaper you're using over the opening. Use a lead pencil to mark an outline of the opening. Then, remove the paper and use a pair of sharp scissors or a wallpaper knife to cut the outlined piece out. Before you hang that piece of wallpaper, use an old rag to carefully dab the excess water from around the sides of the outline.

Finally, hang the wallpaper and allow it to dry thoroughly before you replace the light switch and wall outlet covers.

If you don't have the knowledge, then hanging wallpaper around the windows and doors in a room can be difficult too. Actually, the best technique is rather easy too.

First, pull the wallpaper over horizontally to the wooden window or door trim. Then, cut the excess paper off, but allow a quarter of an inch of excess. Carefully push the excess wallpaper underneath the wooden trim. Finally, flatten the paper down so it sticks to the wall securely.

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