Easy DIY wallpaper installation steps

posted by Reef Hickley

Easy DIY wallpaper installation steps


The best thing about wallpaper is the ability to completely change any room in your home or office. With a variety of designs to choose from, wallpaper is a good way to express your personality while updating the look and feel of an environment.


You can beautify any space by using easy-to-follow DIY wallpaper installation steps, but there are a few things to remember after selecting your favourite wallpaper print.


Builders has put together tips to transform your space, and give it a fresh new look.  


Step-by-step DIY wallpaper installation guide  


What you need to have


1. Fired earth wallpaper

2. Wallpaper adhesive

3. A large paint brush (make sure it is clean)

4. A spirit level

5. A scraper

6. A squeegee

7. A very sharp knife

8. A pair of industrial scissors 

9. Sandpaper

10. A pencil

11. Crack filler

12. Tape measure


Tip 1 – A smoother surfaces gives you a better wallpaper finish


Knowing how to prepare your wall for wallpaper installation is important to ensure that you get your money’s worth out of your purchase and also the best possible outcome. The more precautions you take beforehand, the more bulletproof you will be against all things that can go wrong. Smooth the wall: fill holes, cracks and uneven surfaces, sand any bumps or textures, and make sure you get rid of any screws or imperfections. Once that is complete, wipe down your wall with a damp cloth 24 hours prior to installing your wallpaper. With your wall prepped, your next step is working out where to start with installing your wallpaper.


Tip 2 – No cutting corners, literally


As walls and corners aren’t often straight, don’t rely on them as a guide when hanging the wallpaper. Some may prefer to start in the corner, but if your wall is not straight you may be starting off the process skew. The centerline of a wall should be your starting point. Measure this out using your tape measure, a pencil and your spirit level - this line will dictate the way your wallpaper should lie across the wall.


Tip 3 – X Marks the spot


Once you are done with measuring and marking, you may start to cut your wallpaper using a tape measure ensuring you have measured the space you plan on covering. When all the measuring has been completed you can then start to cut the wallpaper.


Note: Make sure to leave and extra 50mm at the top and 50mm at the bottom of the wallpaper. This will be removed at a later stage.


Tip 4 – And now for the adhesive


Mix the wallpaper adhesive in a container; a single packet makes about 3-5 liters in total. Give the mixture about 15 minutes to set before you start applying it. Use a paint brush to paint the adhesive onto the wall, remember to paint enough on either side of the width of the wallpaper to ensure your wallpaper edges stick down firmly and don't lift.


Tip 5 – The application begins


Finally, apply the wallpaper. Start by rolling your already measured wallpaper cutout against the line marked on the wall. Have a cloth close by to keep your squeegee nice and clean, you will use the squeegee to smooth out the wallpaper by pressing against and running this over your wallpaper length in even strokes. Start from the center and move outward. Feel free to move either left or right, but it's important to ensure the wallpaper is nice and smooth, and perfectly aligned with the line set on the wall earlier.  Work out any air pockets with your squeegee. Once your wallpaper is fixed, use a damp cloth to wipe off all the water-soluble glue along the edges. This will also make for a fine finish.


Note: If the wallpaper is not applying smoothly, pull it away from the wall and go back to your centre point. Remember that this job does take some time and a lot of skill, but it is worth the results in the end.


Get inspired with Builders Wallpaper Explorer


Builders has introduced a new interactive visualizer that you can use to envision your home with Fired Earth’s wallpaper range. You can explore a range of designs that will complement your furniture and infuse your home with inviting colour palettes and prints.  


You can also watch how to apply wallpaper here