Wallpaper Hanging Guide

Our paper is Mural Style - simply enter the height and width of your wall(s) which require covering on the product page and you will be given an instant price. Wallpaper is supplied in strips up to 62.5cm wide. 

All wallpaper is printed to order, please allow up to 7-10 days for your wallpaper to printed especially.

Wallpaper hanging  information is supplied in good faith but without guarantee. Site conditions are beyond our control. We highly recommend having your wallpaper hung professionally.

To prevent white edges showing at the seams, dark coloured wallpapers may need their edges colouring with a slightly lighter (than the wallpaper background colour) chalk/pastel. 

Preparation

You will need the following:
• Wallpaper Paste (we recommend Polycell, Solvite Extra Strong or Murabond)
• Paste brush or roller
• Sharp knife/scalpel
• Plumb bob/laser level
• Clean sponge & bucket of water
• Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
• Tape measure
• Straight edge/ruler
• Pencil
• Soft roller

Getting Started

Walls should be prepared correctly to ensure a perfect finish. Fill all holes and walls should be smooth and dry. Never hang over new plaster or un-primed walls.

Our wallpaper is printed Mural Style - you will have a mockup included unique to your order showing you how many strips your wall covering(s) is/are made up of and which to begin with. In most cases you will start with the most narrow strip on the far left of the area you are covering.

The most important step is making sure the first drop (strip of wallpaper) is straight and level. This will affect all other drops of wallpaper on that wall, so it is important to spend time getting the first drop correct. Never assume your walls are perfectly straight! If you are covering just one wall - measure out from the left hand corner of the wall the width of the paper and mark with a pencil. If you are covering the entire room/corners, measure the width of the paper minus 1-2cm and mark with a pencil. This excess 1-2cm needs to be applied on the adjoining wall to ensure the seam does not meet at the corner.

Place a laser level or plumb bob at this mark and draw a straight, vertical line top to bottom on the wall. (This is your plumb line).

Once you have your first drop ready, apply your paste to the wall using a roller or brush. Paste should be well stirred to remove any lumps before applying. Paste the walls generously and evenly. Only apply paste one drop wide plus 10-20cm. Do not apply paste to the whole wall, as it will dry and become unusable. Paste as you go, pasting just wider than the drop you are hanging. Any excess paste on the ceiling, skirting etc. should be gently removed with a clean wet sponge before it is allowed to dry.

Making sure the pattern is the correct way up, apply your first drop to the wall, letting the wallpaper overlap 2-3cm at the ceiling. Hold the wallpaper at the top and move into a straight position using your plumb line as a guide. Whilst the paste is wet you can slide the top of wallpaper into the perfect position so it lines up on the plumb line. Unroll your drop along the plumb line. You should also have 2-3cm excess at the bottom.

Using the wallpaper brush or smoothing tool, work top to bottom gently pressing the strip to the wall. Remove any air bubbles by smoothing out from the middle towards the sides of the wallpaper. Wash off excess paste on the ceiling, skirting and wallpaper with a damp sponge and clean water. Do not allow any paste to dry on the surface of the wallpaper. Finally use a felt roller for smoothing.

Using your straight edge and a sharp knife trim the excess wallpaper along the ceiling and skirting. For a perfect finish always use a sharp knife or blade and make the cut in one clean movement. 

Once the first drop is in place, paste the next section of the wall, 10-15cm over one drop wide. Hang your second drop of wallpaper as per the first, using the edge of the first drop as your guide. Joins should be tightly butted and never overlap. Avoid squeezing paste out of the joints. Wash off any excess paste after hanging each drop with a clean wet cloth. If necessary, you can then use a seam roller for the seams. Hands should be kept clean and dry.If the edges of the wallpaper do not stick to the wall properly, you need to apply more paste in those areas. Carefully apply paste under the edge with a small brush.

Corners

Working around the room one drop at a time, ensure each new wall is treated as per the first drop, and hung straight using a plumb line. Corners should be wallpapered using two separate drops. One drop should overlap the adjacent wall by 1 or 2cm, the other should be lined up into the corner. Do not attempt to push wallpaper into a corner. 

Drying

Allow the wallpaper time to dry slowly at room temperature; do not attempt to dry it quickly as shrinkage may occur. 

Finishing Touches

If you are wallpapering a bathroom or a high-traffic area, we recommend applying two coats of Polyvine Decorator’s Varnish in ‘Dead Flat’ over the top using a short flock roller. Ensure the wallpaper is dry before applying.

We hope you love your new Catherine Rowe Designs wall covering! Share your new walls and/or project with us on instagram and tag us @catherinerowedesigns