How to Hang Peel and Stick Wallpaper by Yourself


Whether you have a blank canvas or want to add a little more personality to your home, peel and stick wallpaper is a fast and easy option. But is it possible to hang this DIY-friendly wallpaper without a professional?

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With its ability to add color and pattern with little commitment, peel-and-stick wallpaper has become a decorating darling. But while the paper is a godsend for renters and fickle-minded decorators, it can be a bit trickier to hang than traditional pasted wallpaper. To do it correctly, you need to take a few steps to ensure the results look as good as possible.

Start by preparing the wall surface. Make sure it’s clean, smooth, dry and free of holes or stains. You’ll also want to wait four weeks for freshly painted walls to cure completely before applying self-adhesive wallpaper. Get more info on this wallpaper singapore website.

Next, remove all the faceplates from electrical outlets and light switches. Then trim off the top and bottom edges of the room with a utility knife – one with snap-off blades is easiest to keep sharp as you work – or an edging tool or metal ruler. Then separate your wallpaper drops, which are numbered in hanging order from the left to the right.

Measure the Wall

When it comes to decorating, getting the measurements right is one of the most important things. And this is especially true for applying wallpaper. Measuring accurately is key to getting a smart, professional-looking finish.

To measure your wall, begin at the top corner of your room and work your way down, leaving doors and windows out for now. Make sure to get a measurement of the length and width of each wall and note that down so you can add them up at the end.

Next, divide the wall width by the wallpaper’s width to calculate how many “drops” you need. Once you have your drops, start at the top of your room and line up the edge of your wallpaper with the corner or level line on the wall. Once it is lined up pull the backing down and smooth from the center outward with a wallpaper brush. Repeat this step for the entire room.

Cut the Wallpaper

If your wallpaper is peeling, it is likely due to a dirty wall or incorrect application. Clean the area and then reapply. This may work on many if not all cases, but if it doesn’t, you will need to strip the old wallpaper and start fresh.

If you are using paste-the-paper wallpaper, first unroll the pattern-side down onto your paste table and use a ruler or spirit level to draw a straight line at the length you measured. Next, cut across. Turn the length over, and then cut a second length to ensure that the patterns match up and you have enough paper for your room.

You can also crease the wallpaper and cut along that crease with shears. Lastly, make sure you have all of the tools you will need lined up in a row in front of you. This will save you from having to go back and forth between them. For instance, have your breakaway razor knife and metal straight edge ready to use.

Apply the Wallpaper

If your walls have a rough texture you should prep them before papering. Most professionals use Zinsser Gardz on raw drywall to smooth the surface. Some manufacturers recommend a light primer to ensure the wallpaper sticks. Paint in an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss finish is best to avoid repelling the adhesive.

Once the walls are clean and ready to go you’ll want to measure your room for the amount of wallpaper you need. It’s a good idea to buy slightly more wallpaper than the actual size of your wall just in case of mistakes or tricky areas like windows or doors.

Then use a straight ruler and utility knife to cut your first strip of wallpaper to size. Then begin to apply the wallpaper, smoothing out any bubbles with a wallpaper brush as you work. When you reach a corner make sure to line up the pattern perfectly to create a seamless finish. You may also need to remove the faceplates from any outlets or switches and move any furniture out of the way.