Hanging Wallpaper on Walls and Ceilings

Wallpapering may seem to be a bit challenging. Don’t worry; we’ll show you some simple tips. You’ll find out, that hanging wallpaper is not as difficult as it seems to be.


How To Do It?

  • Removing the old wallpaper
  • Overcoating the strains
  • Smoothing the holes and cracks
  • Treating the background with a specialised paint
  • Soaking the strips
  • Hanging the wallpaper
  • Brushing with a paper-hanging brush
  • Cutting the wallpaper overhangs
  • Smoothing the joints

Preparation of the walls

Remove an old wallpaper from the wall.
It is easier with a wallpaper-releasing preparation.


Water and rust strains have to be overcoated with a basic insulating primer,
so it’s not visible through the new wallpaper.


Smooth the holes and cracks with a filling trowel. It has to be smoothed several times
in a case of a greater damage.


Before wallpapering you can use a paint for an easy change of wallpapers so you can remove it with no damage in the future. If you’re using a colourful textile paper, you should firstly treat the background with a pigmented base for the wallpapers.


Wallpapering of the ceiling

It would be a great advantage if there were one more person to help you with wallpapering
of the „fifth wall“. Plan the placement of wallpaper strips evenly
with the incidence of light i. e. from the biggest window to the opposite side.


After the appropriate time of soaking, begin with the first strip. Your helper should hold the strip until it is perfectly stuck. You can use a mop holding. Apply this method to all the strips.


Hanging wallpaper on the walls

Cut the strips of the wallpapers with addition app. 10 cm – according to the pattern. If you have a wallpaper without a regular pattern, you can cut the strips of the same length. In case of an overhanging pattern, cut every other strip to a half-size of an original wallpaper pattern. Spread glue just on those wallpapers which you can stick onto the wall in 15 min. Every strip with glue needs to be folded together by the glue-painted side. Now you can fold it as you need.


To have all the wallpapers parallelly use plumb-bob. Start from the corner that is the closest to a window (paper-hanging should always start from the side where the light shines from). Stick the first strip on the wall with an overhang to the ceiling. By this method, a possible ruggedness of the wall will be smoothed.


Now press the wallpaper outwards from the centre. It would be best
to use a paper-hanging brush.


Then mark the overhang of each strip, slightly bend over the rest of the paper and cut the overhang. Keep on shortening until the glue is dry.


Now attach next bands of the wallpaper. Press the joints between the wallpapers together by a smooth roller and clean the remaining glue with a clean cloth. It cannot get dry too quickly, so the joints won’t loosen. Don’t heat the room too much and avoid air draught.


Wallpapering of the corners

When using paper wallcoverings, the best way for going through the corners is to leave an overhang of 2 cm and cut it in several spots. Put a new strip on this area. When using rough or textile wallpaper, put it into a corner with a little overhang.


When wallpapering near the door, stick it just from one side. Do not try to hang patterned wallpapers from both sides. The pattern will never join perfectly.


Difference between patterned and unpatterned wallpaper


Have you thought of everything?

Stuff you should not forget:


  • Wallpaper releasing preparation
  • paint for a change of wallpapers
  • basic insulating primer
  • filling trowel
  • wallpapers
  • wallpapering glue


  • wallpapering table
  • folding measuring tape
  • plumb bob
  • pencil
  • wallpapering knife and scissors
  • plastic and metal trowel
  • glue brush
  • plastic pail
  • wallpapering brush
  • roller for joints
  • ladder
  • mop