How to Wallpaper

Bring pattern to your walls with wallpaper. Here's how to wallpaper with ease.

Learn how to wallpaper successfully with these five tips. We are using peel and stick wallpaper but these application tips can be used with pasted wallpapers. Read the instructions and label before you begin. Calculate the square footage of the wall to determine how much wallpaper you'll need. Multiply the length of a wall in inches by the width in inches, divide by 144. Divide the total square footage by the square foot coverage listed on the roll of your wallpaper. Include square footage for doors and windows. This allows for matching patterns, waste and trimming. If your pattern has a large repeat, 12 inches or more, buy an extra roll to be sure you have enough for matching. Be sure the power is turned off. Remove outlet and switch covers. To allow for matching the pattern for repeat less than 6 inches, cut strips at least 6 inches longer than a desired length. Start in an inconspicuous upper corner. Leave a 3-inch over overhang at the top and bottom. Trim the excess with a wallpaper razor blade. Start applying the second and subsequent pieces starting at eye-level. Line up the pattern on the second strip with the first. Work the strip up and down from that point, lining up the pattern as you press it to the wall. If the pattern becomes mismatched, gently pull the paper back a few inches and realign it. And gently smooth it with your hands. Then use the brush in the same motion to continue removing bubbles. For stubborn air bubbles, gently peel back the wallpaper and reapply it to the wall. After positioning your paper strip, locate your outlet. Be sure the power is turned off, then carefully cut an X with a wallpaper razor over the box. Use scissors to trim the excess paper. Wallpapering is a project that takes patience. Just take your time and follow these simple tips, you'll get stunning results.