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Wallpaper Hanging Guide

General Notes


Please do take care when installing a wallpaper, or hiring a professional for installation, as we are unable to compensate install fees for tradesmen or third parties, or take responsibility for any installation errors.


All of our wallpapers are ‘Paste The Wall’ - you should paste the wall and NOT the paper.


  • Walls should be dry, clean, and even.

  • Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint.

  • Roughen painted surfaces with sandpaper.

  • If your walls are freshly plastered please ensure they are suitably sealed.

For best results, walls should be cross-lined using a good quality lining paper. Lining should be allowed to dry out completely before hanging the wall covering.



Non-woven wallpaper

This is a paste the wall product - you should paste the wall and not the back of the wallpaper.

  • We recommend the use of a good quality, solvent free, fungicide protected ready-mixed ‘tub’ adhesive – specifically for paste the wall non-woven papers. Do NOT use self-mix adhesives. All purpose and heavy duty pastes are not suitable.

  • Paste should be evenly applied to the wall to hang one length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the width of the paper.

  • Butt joints and use a decorator’s brush to smooth down the wall covering, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles.

  • Avoid squeezing paste out of the joints and ensure paste does not get onto the brush or roller.

  • No paste should be allowed to come into contact with the surface and hands should be kept clean and dry whilst hanging the wall covering. Paste will damage the surface of the wallpaper. We cannot accept responsibility for marks or damage caused by paste.

  • Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged whilst still moist, using a clean damp sponge.

Wide width wallpapers, grasscloth and textile wall coverings are supplied untrimmed with a 10mm overlap to each edge for double cut on installation. The selvedge edge should be removed with scissors prior to hanging to allow pattern matching. The overlap should be cut through (both drops) with a sharp blade and metal edge at a slight angle (mitre) – use a new blade for each drop as a dull blade will tear the wallpaper. Remove both trimming strips and brush flat (allowing for the angle of the cut) for a perfect join.

Grasscloth & Natural wallpaper

Grasscloth and natural wallpaper are paste the wall, non-woven backed products.You should paste the wall and not the back of the wallpaper. 

  • Dampen the back of the wall covering with clean water using a sponge or water sprayer. 

  • Fold the paper ends to the centre (booking) and allow to soak for about 4 minutes for the paper to become supple. DO NOT OVER SOAK. 

  • Do not work more than one length at a time. Use a plumb line when hanging the first length and smooth the paper to the wall using a paperhanger’s brush from the centre of the length to the edge to expel air bubbles. 

  • Do not allow paste onto the surface. After hanging 3 or 4 lengths, inspect the result to ensure no shading or other faults are present. 

  • If sufficient paste has been applied to the edges there should be no need to use a seam roller to smooth down edges – if this is necessary, only a felt roller should be used. Trim excess top and bottom with a metal edge and sharp blade. 

  • Use a new blade for each cut. Good ventilation and an even temperature will assist in the even drying of wallpaper.


Please note, the information above has been shared to you as a guide, but without guarantee. Site conditions are beyond our control. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the environment is suitable for the wallpaper.

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