Installing wallpaper can be a fun and rewarding home improvement project. Here’s a general guide on how to install wallpaper:

Materials you’ll need:

  1. Wallpaper
  2. Wallpaper paste or adhesive (if not pre-pasted)
  3. Wallpaper smoother or brush
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Utility knife
  6. Level
  7. Pencil
  8. Step ladder
  9. Sponge
  10. Water
  11. Rags or towels

Step-by-step installation process:

  1. Prepare the wall: Ensure that the wall is clean, smooth, and free of any debris. Fill in any holes or cracks and sand them down to create an even surface. Use a primer if necessary.
  2. Measure and cut the wallpaper: Measure the height of the wall and add a few inches to the top and bottom to allow for adjustments. Use a level and pencil to draw a straight, plumb line as a guide. Cut the wallpaper accordingly, leaving a few extra inches at the top and bottom for trimming.
  3. Apply the paste or adhesive: If the wallpaper is not pre-pasted, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prepare the wallpaper paste or adhesive. Use a roller or brush to apply the adhesive evenly on the back of the wallpaper. Make sure to work in small sections to prevent the adhesive from drying out.
  4. Hang the wallpaper: Carefully align the top of the wallpaper with the plumb line you drew earlier. Smooth out the wallpaper with a wallpaper smoother or brush, starting from the center and working your way outward to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Trim the edges: Use a sharp utility knife to trim the excess wallpaper at the top and bottom. Be sure to use a straight edge, such as a ruler or a putty knife, to guide the knife for clean, straight cuts.
  6. Match the pattern: If your wallpaper has a pattern, ensure that each strip aligns with the pattern of the previous strip. This step is crucial for a seamless look.
  7. Clean up: Use a damp sponge to wipe off any excess adhesive that may have seeped out from the edges. Make sure to change the water frequently to prevent smearing.
  8. Let it dry: Allow the wallpaper to dry completely as per the manufacturer’s instructions before moving any furniture back into place or adding any decorations.

By following these steps, you should be able to successfully install wallpaper and give your room a fresh new look.