How to Wallpaper Like a Pro

Measure, cut, paste, repeat. Wallpapering is easy with our step-by-step guide. Pick a paper and get started.
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What You Need

measuring wallpaper

  • Pre-pasted wallpaper
  • Stepladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Worktable
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • Water pan
  • Long level
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Straightedge (putty knife will do)
  • Utility knife
  • Sponge
  • Seam roller

How to Do It

Step 1: Measure the wall from the ceiling to the top of the baseboard. Add 4 to 6 inches to that measurement so you can trim paper at the top and bottom for a snug fit. The extra length will also allow you to match the pattern as you work around the room. (If you have a large pattern repeat, experiment with matching the pattern before you start cutting. You may need to cut the paper even longer.) Roll out pre-pasted wallpaper on a worktable, and use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the length of paper you need; cut out using scissors. You can cut more than one piece before starting to hang paper.

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