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10 Ways to Install the Easiest Wall Wallpaper

The steps on how to install wallpaper below are easy to follow and effective! No need to call a handyman anymore!

Installing wallpaper on the walls of the house is not cheap.

In addition to the materials that we have to buy, we also have to pay a handyman to finish installing the wallpaper to completion.

However, your house's paint is already dull, and you're itching to cover it with patterned wallpaper to make your house look brand new.

Don't worry!

Use the steps below as a guide on how to independently install wallpaper at home!
Tools and materials

Here are a number of tools and materials that must be prepared when installing wallpaper:

  •    Selected wallpapers
  •     Wallpaper glue (can be purchased at a material store)
  •     Wallpaper app brush
  •     Plumb bob
  •     Cutter knife
  •     Scissors
  •     Meter
  •     Pencil
  •     Patchwork

After preparing the tools and materials, don't forget to make sure of the following:

  •     Make sure you have calculated the height and width of the wall to be closed. This will make it easier for you to cut and install the wallpaper later.
  •     Calculate how many rolls of wallpaper you need to cover the walls.
  •     You can find wallpaper glue in material stores, while if you can't find a plumb bob, you can download the application on your smartphone.
  •     Choose an application brush with a handle in the middle for easier application.

How to Install Wall Wallpaper

1. Clean Walls of Nails and Stains

Make sure the wall you are going to cover is clean of nails and stains before you start coating it with glue.

Wallpaper paper will be very difficult to stick to dirty and wet walls.

If some corners of the wall feel damp and difficult to clean, peel off the paint layer and patch it with wall putty.

Remove all nails attached to the wall, and fill the holes using wall putty so as not to cause air bubbles while installing the wallpaper.

2. Start Slowly

Before you start, consider which wall looks easier to cover and won't be the main center of the room.

Or not, start with a wall that would normally be covered in room furniture.

By starting with this wall, you can practice closing walls properly, let's say practice, before you cover walls with tricky corners or power plugs.

3. Measure the Height and Width of the Wall

Use a tape measure to measure the length and width of the wall you want to cover, and apply these measurements to the wallpaper later.

Lay out your wallpaper on the table and mark the length and width you've measured.

Add cm to the wall size calculation of about 15 to 20 cm as a precaution if the wallpaper is accidentally torn or doesn't fit properly.

Mark with a pencil, and try not to mark it too thickly (especially for brightly colored wallpapers).

4. Draw Straight Lines On The Wall

Using a plug bob, draw a straight line from the top of the wall to the bottom to make it easier for you to balance the wallpaper while installing.

Use this straight line as a guide and a starting line for the wallpaper.

Do not rely on door lines or ceilings as a measure of the main line's straightness.

5. Apply Wallpaper Glue

After the wallpaper paper is cut and you have drawn the starting line, apply wallpaper glue using a wallpaper application brush.

Avoid using wall paint brushes because the bristles of the brush are wider and fall out easily so that it will cause unwanted textures on the walls of the house.

You only need to apply the glue once.

If you use too much, the glue will make the wallpaper wet and the result will be wrinkled.

6. It's Time to Paste Wallpaper!

How to install the next wall wallpaper is the step you have been waiting for!

Yes, after you have applied the glue to the wall, it's time for you to apply the wallpaper!

Paste the wallpaper slowly, making sure that each end of the wall is covered and the end of your wallpaper does not cross the initial line you drew.

For a more adhesive result, apply a little glue to each end and corner of the wall background.

7. Flatten Wallpaper

Take a patchwork or shirt that you no longer use and smooth the wallpaper that has been stuck to the wall, like a wiping motion.

Don't start from the edge of the wallpaper, but start flattening it from the middle and pull it out to the right and left ends, as well as the top and bottom of the wallpaper, all thoroughly.

This process is very important to remove any deep air bubbles behind the wallpaper.

If you fail, don't be discouraged!

This guide on how to install wallpaper is intended for individuals, so you are still free to take it off to try again.

8. Cut Remaining Length Wallpaper

After the wallpaper is neatly pasted, cut the remaining length and width of the wallpaper using a cutter.

If the paper is too soft to cut with a cutter, you can use scissors.

This step requires a lot of precision and patience because you have to cut the edges of the wallpaper straight and precisely.

So, don't be in a hurry, OK!

9. Matching Pattern

Here comes the real challenge of setting up a wallpaper!

After the first reel is installed, you still have to install the second, third, fourth, and so on.

The steps are still the same as step number 6, it's just that here you have to be careful with wallpaper patterns, especially if your wallpaper has a continuous pattern.

Match the pattern of the end of the wallpaper with the end of the wallpaper that you will paste on the glued wall.

Make sure your wallpaper pattern connects to each other.

10. Adjusting the Shape of the Wallpaper on the Wall

Time to move on to tricky corners and walls that have plugs.

When your roll of wallpaper meets a sharp corner, cut off the remaining top of the wallpaper to the boundary between the wall and the ceiling of the house.

This will make it easier for you to corner the wallpaper paper so that every corner is neatly covered.

To deal with power plugs, it is recommended that you don't spread the wallpaper on it, and let it stick out.

Make a hole in the center of the power plug and gently cut the ends of the plug.

Leave about 1 cm before the end of the plug, and fold the excess paper inward so it will stick to the glued wall.

After that, smooth again using old clothes.

When you're done, take a break and wait for it to dry!

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