How to install wallpaper: tips and tricks

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How to install wallpaper: tips and tricks

How to install wallpaper: tips and tricks

Do you want to wallpaper a room but are afraid of failing? Don't worry, following these simple tips you will make a perfect installation and have a lot of fun. It's simple and very effective.

Installing your wallpaper

image of a man installing wallpaper

First of all: remember to check your material prior to back peeling the adhesive to ensure it is exactly what you expected. Keep the wallpaper rolled until the moment of application. Roll it back if you're not going to apply it at the moment.

1. Before wallpapering, prepare the wall by rubbing a microfiber rag with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry and check for any imperfections that wouldn't leave a nice and smooth result. If you are applying your wallpaper on walls that are not straight or smooth, use a level to help and start applying a little bit over the top of the wall, so you can correct any problem on the way.

Only cut the excess wallpaper when you are done applying all panels.

2. Place the wallpaper face-down on the floor. Start by applying the wallpaper at the top corner of your wall vertically. Never apply it horizontally.

image of a woman installing wallpaper

Pull the liner down about 6" and cut it, then start applying it. Pull another 6’’ slowly, always using a squeegee to gently but firmly press wallpaper against the wall moving from the center outwards. If bubbles and wrinkles persist, you can gently peel it back and apply that part over again.

3. After installing the first panel, repeat the previous steps with the remaining panels. Be sure to match their design. You should expect up to 1/2’’ of overlapping to perfectly match each panel. Consider that the design repeats at each 24".

Be careful to avoid applying too much pressure and stretching the panel so as not to deform the panels. Keep applying gently and patiently, peeling it back whenever necessary and aligning it to match it perfectly.

4. It's time to trim the excess. Always use a sharp blade, it will be much easier and necessary to ensure precision.

featured image of a person finishing a wallpaper installation

Choosing your surface

Picture of an environment with wallpaper

That’s right! If you haven’t guessed by now, using a peel & stick wallpaper on your walls is just one of your many options. Definitely, walls are the most common amongst your choices, however, you can pick almost any smooth surface of your choice, including:

  • doors;
  • cabinets;
  • stairs raisers.

Golden Tip: To ensure that your adhesive doesn’t get stripped or removed in the process, please check if your wall has been previously primed before painting. If you have recently painted your wall, please let it dry at least 30 days before the installation.

Can I wallpaper plywood and textured walls?

Many clients have successfully placed our wallpapers on plywood and also textured walls, however, please be aware that our products are recommended for smooth walls and surfaces. It is important to understand the possible outcomes when applying to texture walls. Textured walls have less surface for the adhesive to grab onto, therefore the adhesive may not be fully attached to the wall and as time goes by it may fall down.

On painted walls, we recommend eggshell, semi-gloss or satin finishes for best results. We strongly recommend you order a sample first.

For any further information, you can check our FAQ page, watch our how-to video, send us an email or call. That is right! You can call and talk to a real person as we have an amazing customer service team located right here in the sunshine state. No bots, no chats, not an automated system only real people willing to help. Fast and easy!

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