Applying wallpaper is a great way to give your home a new look in no time. The most important element is creativity. The wallpaper is available in many different colors and patterns and in different qualities.
Points of attention
You will get better results on a flat and even surface, so that the wallpaper glue sticks firmly. If the wall has just been built and plastered, let it dry well first and then treat it with a coat of base paint. This will prevent the water in the glue from being absorbed by the plaster. Repairs any cracks or damage with the filler and smoothes out the irregularities to make them uniform.
Identify the number of rolls needed
For example: Each roll on average is 10 meters (1000 cm) long and 53 cm wide.
If the room is not taller than 3 meters (300 cm), you can apply 3 vertical pieces with a roll. This could be less if the paper has a specific pattern, because it is necessary to make it fit between one pass and another. Measure the widths of all the walls and sum them together. If there are tall windows and doors, subtract the respective widths from the wallpaper to find the width you still need. The width of a roll is 53 cm, so divide the total width by 53 to obtain the required number of vertical passes. Then divide the result by 3, as 3 passes are obtained from each roll. Now you know the minimum number of rolls you need. For example, if your walls have a combined width of 4 x 600 cm or 2400 cm and a height of 265 cm, you will need 16 rolls (2400: 53: 3 = 15.1 or, rounded, 16 rolls).
advice!Make sure that all the rolls you buy have the same color code, since there may be slight color variations between rolls that look the same.
Choose the right type of glue
Different types of wallpaper glue are available, depending on the thickness and material of the paper. The most common type of glue is the universal glue for powdered wallpaper. Mix and mix well to ensure that the glue is uniform and free of lumps. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before use. For vinyl, fabric and fiberglass paper, you must use a special pre-mixed glue with an adhesive spatula.
advice!You can also choose a premixed wallpaper glue. It is even possible to buy wallpaper with adhesive backing: simply place it in a water tray and then apply it to the wall after a few minutes.
Leave an extra margin at the top and bottom
When you cut the wallpaper to the right length, leave a 5 cm margin at the top and bottom. You will need a bigger margin if the wallpaper has a reason to fit between one pass and another. Also check if the card must be attached in a particular direction, so you can avoid finding yourself with the flowers facing down!
Application of the glue
Place the sheet of wallpaper on a clean table to apply the glue, with the printed side facing down. Apply the glue with the appropriate brush, fold half of the glued part towards the center and rest the paper on the floor. Let the glue bind to the paper and, as you wait, you can place the next sheet of paper on the table.
advice!Check that the time it takes to apply the glue is always the same as far as possible, so as to spread the paper
Positioning of the first sheet
The walls and fixtures are not always perfectly vertical. Use a plumb line (a weight that hangs from a piece of string) to check that this is the case. The best way to start hanging wallpaper is along a door or window frame with a 3 cm overlap over the window frame.
Attach the wallpaper
Fold the top of the glued sheet of wallpaper, open it and attach it with a 5 cm overlap on the ceiling. Carefully smooth the wallpaper against the wall with a clean wallpaper brush. Press the wallpaper into place, working outwards, from the center to the edges. Use the back edge of the blade of a pair of scissors to press the paper along the line between the wall and the ceiling, creating a fold in the paper.
Cut out excess wallpaper
Paying attention, pull off the top of the wallpaper from the wall and cut the excess along the fold line with the scissors. Alternatively you can place a strip of wood in the corner and cut the wallpaper along the strip with a cutter. This is easier if you let the glue dry for a while.
Finishing around doors and window frames
Cut excess wallpaper along the doors and window frames at a 45 ° angle. Use the rear edge of the scissors blade to press the paper against the edge of the door or window frame, creating a fold in the paper. Then you can cut out the wallpaper along this line.
Attach the following sheets
It is best to stick the sheets of wallpaper with the adjacent edges, without overlapping. Then press the edges in place with a clean cloth or wallpaper roller. Carefully remove the glue residue with a damp sponge.
Attach the paper to the corners
In the corner of the room it is easier to stick the wallpaper if it reaches just 1 cm around the corner. Cut the wallpaper lengthwise and press it firmly into the corner. Then attach the other half of the sheet of wallpaper, or a new sheet, directly above the 1 cm overlap in the corner.
Attach the paper around sockets and switches
First turn off the mains electricity and then remove the cover plate of the socket or switch. Then you can attach the wallpaper directly over the top of the socket or switch. Then use the scissors to cut the required opening, working from the center to the corners. Cut off the resulting flap with a straight line to uncover the socket or switch. Then replace the cover plate.
Attach the paper around the radiators
It is always difficult to stick the wallpaper behind the radiators. The best way is to cut the paper lengthwise where the water pipes come out of the wall. Then cut out the sheet of wallpaper on the total height of the radiator. Then you can press the rest of the wallpaper sheet against the wall with a broomstick around which you wrapped a piece of canvas or with a clean paint roller. Alternatively you can detach the radiator from the wall and support it with a wooden block or some books. Be careful not to twist the pipes and joints too much to avoid leaks.