How to hang wallpaper like a pro

How to Hang Wallpaper Like a Pro

Wallpaper can be an excellent addition to any room, adding color, texture, and personality.

Hanging wallpaper may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, you can easily achieve a professional-looking result.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to hang wallpaper like a pro, using various wallpaper types such as traditional, mural, and grasscloth wallpaper.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you start hanging wallpaper, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wallpaper (measured and cut to the desired length)
  • Wallpaper paste or adhesive
  • Wallpaper brush or roller
  • Smoothing brush or tool
  • Razor knife or scissors
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Step stool or ladder (if needed)
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheets to protect floors and furniture

Step 2: Prepare the Walls

Before applying the wallpaper, make sure the walls are clean, smooth, and dry. Repair any holes or cracks in the wall and let the patching compound dry completely. Sand any rough areas or bumps and wipe the walls down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. If the walls are painted, consider applying a coat of wallpaper primer to create a smooth surface for the wallpaper to adhere to.

Step 3: Measure and Cut the Wallpaper

Measure the height of the wall from floor to ceiling, then add a few inches to allow for trimming at the top and bottom. Cut the wallpaper into strips of the desired length, allowing a few extra inches on each end for trimming. Make sure to match the pattern on each strip of wallpaper before cutting.

Step 4: Apply the Wallpaper Paste

Follow the instructions on the wallpaper paste or adhesive for mixing and application. Use a wallpaper brush or roller to apply the paste evenly to the back of the wallpaper (or the wall, depending on the wallpaper you have purchased), making sure to cover the edges and corners. Let the paste soak into the wallpaper for the recommended amount of time before hanging.

Step 5: Hang the Wallpaper

Starting at the top of the wall, carefully line up the first strip of wallpaper with the ceiling and press it firmly into place. Use a smoothing brush or tool to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles, working from the center out towards the edges. Continue hanging each strip of wallpaper, matching the pattern and overlapping the edges slightly.

Step 6: Trim the Edges

Once the wallpaper is hung, use a razor knife or scissors to trim the excess wallpaper at the top and bottom of the wall, as well as around any doors, windows, or outlets. Use a level to make sure the cuts are straight and even.

Step 7: Finish the Job

Once the wallpaper is hung and trimmed, let it dry completely before moving furniture back into the room. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess paste or adhesive. Admire your new wallpaper and enjoy the fresh look it brings to your space!

Hanging Different Types of Wallpaper

Different types of wallpaper may require slightly different techniques for hanging. Here are some tips for hanging traditional, mural, and grasscloth wallpaper:

Traditional Wallpaper

Traditional wallpaper comes in a variety of patterns and textures and is typically hung using wallpaper paste or adhesive. Make sure to match the pattern on each strip of wallpaper before cutting and use a smoothing brush or tool to remove air bubbles or wrinkles.

Mural Wallpaper

Mural wallpaper can create a stunning focal point in a room, such as jungle, forest or floral designs. Mural wallpaper is typically hung like traditional wallpaper, but may require extra care when matching the pattern on each strip.

Grasscloth Wallpaper

Grasscloth wallpaper is a unique and beautiful wallpaper type made from woven grass fibers. It adds texture and depth to any room and is perfect for creating a natural and organic look.


Hanging wallpaper may seem daunting, but with the right tools and a little know-how, anyone can do it. Follow these simple steps, and soon your space will be transformed with beautiful wallpaper.


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