Wallpaper is not only easy to hang up, it also looks good. There is a wide range of colors and patterns, as well as wild combinations that can make your home unique. Still, hanging wallpaper is quite difficult, and this sometimes prevents people from trying.
In this article, we discuss five tips for hanging wallpaper. Let's dive in
Tip 1: Make sure you have a flat surface
Creating a flat surface before wallpapering is crucial for a good result. Not everyone is blessed with even walls, but if you are, you're in luck! If not, however, it is not the end of the world. Thicker wallpapers can cause small, uneven lumps, bumps and burrs to even out. The smoother the surface before the start, the better the result. If you are not very familiar with wallpaper, it may be easier to use a slightly thicker wallpaper as this will give you more room for error.
Try the following tips to create a flat surface:
– Take your time
Many people make the mistake of not taking the time to properly prepare the surface. At least half of your time must be spent preparing the wall before wallpapering for the best result.
– Dry the walls
By drying the walls beforehand, you ensure that you get the best possible result. If necessary, turn on the heater for half a day to make sure everything is dry and open the window regularly so that the room can be vented. Make sure to bring the room back to a temperature between 17 and 21 degrees before hanging the wallpaper for the best effect. If the wallpaper is hung in the heat, it can shrink slightly as it cools, which can result in large lines and ribs.
– Check everything thoroughly
Check the surface of the wall for mold or damp areas. Regardless of how well the wall has dried if there is mold or moisture in (or behind) the wall, there will be problems with wallpapering. If there is mold or moisture, this must be fixed first before wallpapering, as this can lead to the wallpaper becoming bumpy or moldy or having to be replaced quickly.
– – Remove paint or old wallpaper
Remove any old paint or wallpaper as much as possible before you start. This ensures that the wallpaper adheres better to the wall and does not come off.
– sandpaper, baby!
Remove all lumps, dents and burrs as much as possible. This can be done with sandpaper or a grinder. This will also remove any old paints from the wall for a better result.
Tip 2: Choose the right background image
Choosing a good wallpaper is of course the first step to a good looking wall. Poor quality wallpapers can mean that they need to be replaced more quickly and your wall will look less appealing. Fortunately, there are many ways to buy high quality wallpaper.
Often you can simply search for background images and the tools you need in the well-known hardware stores. While the offers in the Ikea flyer are always solid, you should search the port freight offers for the tools you need. If you visit your local store, the flyers are a good place to start. If you want to buy your wallpaper online, Google is the best choice!
However, we always recommend that you view the background image in real life before buying. This can be done either by ordering a sample or by visiting the store.
How do you know if you have high quality wallpaper? Here are a few things to consider:
Thicker wallpapers are less sensitive to uneven walls and are preferred to thinner wallpapers, which are often cheaper.
Check out the wallpaper before you buy it. Ordering online is easy, but the colors on the screen don't always match the colors in real life.
– Think about where it's going
Wallpapering in the kitchen or bathroom is possible, but not ideal. Choosing a washable wallpaper will prevent your kitchen or bathroom from getting messed up.
Tip 3: not too busy!
Wallpaper with small, busy-looking patterns can look great, but it can also make a room feel small and disorganized. By restricting the use of smaller patterns, you can maintain a calm atmosphere in a room while emphasizing the wall (or the option of a wall) to which you applied the smaller pattern.
The direction and color of the pattern can also have a big impact on how light or dark a room looks / feels. It is therefore important to take this into account too!
Tip 4: amount of waste
When you hang up wallpaper, there is a lot of waste. How much waste there is depends on the wallpaper pattern used and the size / shape of the room you work with.
There are many wallpaper calculators online that you can use to calculate how much wallpaper you need. These can be very helpful if you want to know how much wallpaper you really need, but they vary a lot between different types. For example, wallpaper with a pattern that does not need to be aligned, wallpaper that is aligned, and wallpaper that needs to be offset. They all need different amounts of waste.
The easiest way to apply wallpaper without an alignment pattern is clean, but all types of wallpaper are feasible if you take the time to prepare everything properly. Make sure you take enough garbage into account and take into account the pattern on the wallpaper!
Tip 5: Remove air bubbles
Air bubbles are as annoying as loose corners and edges (we'll get to that next!). It creates an ugly look, and if there are many of them, it can also affect the longevity of the wallpaper. Air bubbles can often be ironed out. However, if they cannot be removed or are too large, you can use a pen to drill a very small hole in the bladder to remove them.
Before drilling holes anywhere, you should get used to the technology in a less visible place. This can be behind the radiator or on the darker side of the room. If there isn't enough adhesive underneath to stick the wallpaper back down, you can apply a little more with a small brush to make sure it doesn't stick.
Tip 6: Work off corners and edges
Corners and edges can often be removed with a steady hand and some glue. Take your time, because a small loose edge turns into a loose sheet before you notice it!
There are many YouTube videos online showing how edges and seams can be removed. It is important to be careful and make sure that there seems to be enough space between them to explain the shrinkage. This always happens when hanging up wallpaper and can therefore lead to very large seams if you do not take this into account. This also applies to radiators, frames and sockets!
Here's a great video to help you with any other questions!
Wallpaper can look fantastic and there are many variations to choose from. Although wallpapers can look good if they are hung carefully, they can also look terrible if they are not hung carefully or if they are neatly worked away. Hopefully these tips have helped you create a nicer wall!