If you want to wallpaper, then there are a few tips that you should know so that it looks as good as you hope it does. First off, you need to figure out what kind of wallpaper you are using, whether it is prepasted or you need to apply the paste to it, and how long it needs to sit in water for.
1. Prep your wall. Be sure to plaster any holes in the wall before hanging wallpaper. This will allow your wallpaper to stick, and a better surface for your paper to hang to. Also, you need to make sure no small protrusions stick through and rip your paper. Lastly, make sure your wall is dry before you begin.
2. Measuring the Wall and Paper. Measure out the length of the wall and leave 2-3 inches on the top and the bottom of the wallpaper to allow yourself some breathing room to trim the wallpaper down.
Once you’ve measured the wall and your paper and cut it out to the right size, do a quick test of the paper on the wall WITHOUT any paste or water to make sure it measures out accurately. Be sure to account for the 2-3 inch overhang on the top and bottom of your wall.
3. Applying Adhesive. This is where you need to read about whatever wallpaper you have, to determine if you are using an adhesive that you mixed or if the wallpaper has come prepasted for you. Before you apply any adhesive to the wallpaper it is a good idea to fold the paper back over the opposite way it was originally folded. This provides you with a flatter wallpaper.
If you are using prepasted wallpaper be sure to use water that is lukewarm, just a few degrees higher than room temperature. Leave the paper in the water for about 15 seconds. If you are using self-adhesive wallpaper, you won’t need to worry about either paste or water, you will just need to worry about how you apply it.
4. Hanging the Wallpaper. When you apply the paper you want to have it start from the top, including the 2-3 inch overhang, and push outwards from the middle to the sides all the way down to the bottom. Be sure to use a slider to push out as many air bubbles as possible. As long as it is flat with the service, leftover bubbles will naturally push out over time. Use a damp sponge at the bottom, top, and side edges of a wall to make sure everything sticks properly.
Once you have rows of your paper up, you’ll want to use a roller, and roll over the seams, so that they adhere almost as one sheet of paper.