How To Hang Wallpaper

How to hang non woven (paste the wall) wallpaper.

1. Inspect Each Roll

Before cutting and hanging your wallpaper, ensure that all rolls have the same batch reference, are in good condition, have no shade variation and that no other faults are present. Please ensure that there are enough rolls to complete the job. Do not assume that the wallpaper will come off the roll the correct way up. Always refer to the pattern book or check with the retailer.

Examination before hanging is the buyer’s responsibility. No claim can be accepted for hanging incorrect wallpapers or after wallpapers have been cut and hung showing defects which were apparent at the time of hanging. In the event of any complaint, please quote the design reference and batch number on this label.

2. Preparation

  • Walls should be clean, dry and even.
  • Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint and scrape off powdery, flaky surfaces.
  • Roughen painted surfaces with sandpaper.
  • Absorbent surfaces should be prepared with an oil based primer ensuring it dries completely before continuing.
  • New plaster should be allowed to dry out completely.
  • Metallic effects can be damaged if high levels of alkaline are already present in the walls. Preparing the walls with an alkaline resistant primer should prevent any damage of this type.
  • For best results, we recommend walls are cross lined using good quality lining paper. Sizing the lining paper will aid adhesion. Lining should be allowed to dry completely before hanging the wallpaper.

3. Pasting and Hanging

  • All 1838 Wallcoverings are a ‘paste the wall product’. The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering.
  • A premium quality tub adhesive, or an equivalent good quality pH neutral, solvent-free, fungicide protected, light grade adhesive should be used.




  • Paste should be evenly applied to the wall to hang 1 length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the width of the roll.
  • Butt joins and use a decorator’s brush to smooth down the wallcovering, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles. NB. If this is a flocked wallcovering, use only a clean, soft roller, NOT a decorator’s brush.
  • Avoid squeezing paste out of joins and ensure paste does not get onto the brush or roller.
  • No paste should be allowed to come into contact with the surface of the paper and hands should be kept clean and dry whilst handling the wallcovering.
  • Paste will damage the surface, particularly flocked areas. The company cannot accept responsibility for marks or damage caused by paste. Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged off whilst moist, using a clean, damp sponge.
  • Trim top and bottom with a sharp knife or scissors. Ensure wallcovering is firmly adhered as, in the event of fire, loose wallcoverings can contribute to the hazard.
  • After hanging 2 or 3 lengths, inspect the result to ensure that no shading or other faults are present. No claim for hanging costs can be accepted once more than one roll has been hung.

This information has been supplied in good faith, but without guarantee, and on the understanding that the installer will have decorating knowledge to work with differing site and/or atmospheric conditions.

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