Wallpaper Hanging: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey there, DIY enthusiasts and home improvers! Liam here, from Magic Decorating, ready to guide you through the rewarding process of wallpaper hanging.

 Transforming your space with wallpaper isn’t just about adding colour or pattern; it’s about expressing your style and creating a vibe that’s uniquely yours.

 So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into this step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper like a pro.

Preparation: Setting the Stage

A great wallpaper job starts with great preparation. Here’s how to prep your walls for their stunning new look

Start Clean: Dust and wash your walls to ensure they’re free of debris. A clean surface means better adhesion for your wallpaper.

Smooth Sailing: Fill in any holes or cracks and sand them down for a perfectly smooth surface. Remember, any imperfections might show through your wallpaper.

Measure Up: Accurately measure your walls to determine how much wallpaper you’ll need. It’s always better to have a little extra than to run short.

How to hang wallpaper step by step guide
How to hang wallpaper step by step guide

Choosing Your Wallpaper

With countless options out there, picking the right wallpaper can be daunting. Keep these pointers in mind.

Material: Choose vinyl for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Traditional paper wallpapers add elegance to living and dining rooms.

Pattern and Colour: Large patterns can make small rooms feel full, while light colours tend to open up a space. Consider the room’s size and lighting when making your choice.

Hanging Your Wallpaper

Now, the part you’ve been waiting for—let’s get that wallpaper up

Mix the Adhesive: If your wallpaper isn’t pre-pasted, you’ll need to prepare your adhesive.

 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Draw a Guide: Use a level to draw a straight vertical line where your first strip will go. This is crucial for ensuring your wallpaper hangs straight.

Cut Your Strips: Measure and cut the wallpaper, leaving a few inches at the top and bottom for trimming. It’s better to err on the side of caution with extra length.

Apply the Adhesive: For non-pre-pasted wallpaper, apply adhesive evenly across the back. For pre-pasted types, activate the glue with water. Let the paper sit folded for a few minutes to let the adhesive activate.

How to hang wallpaper step by step guide

Hang the First Strip: Align your wallpaper with the ceiling and your guide line, then smooth it downwards. Use a wallpaper brush or sponge to remove air bubbles and ensure good adhesion.

Seamless Joints: Place the next strip edge-to-edge with the first, paying close attention to pattern matches. Continue this process around the room.

Trimming: Once all strips are applied, trim the excess at the top and bottom with a sharp knife or blade for a clean finish.

Smooth and Secure: Go over the wallpaper once more, smoothing out any bubbles and securing the edges.

How to hang wallpaper step by step guide

Finishing Touches

Take a moment to appreciate your hard work—you’ve successfully transformed your room! Wallpaper hanging is an art that brings immediate character and depth to any space.


Wallpaper hanging can dramatically change a room’s appearance, making it a rewarding project for any DIYer.

With the right preparation, tools, and patience, you can achieve a look that reflects your personal style and enhances your home’s ambiance.

 And remember, if you’re looking for a professional touch or need assistance, Magic Decorating is just a call away. Here’s to your successful wallpaper project!

All the best,