5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hanging Wallpaper

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hanging Wallpaper

Staff Writer · Mar 23, 2010

Hanging wallpaper without making any mistakes is often impossible. You’re bound to make a few errors here and there, but there are major mistakes to avoid so that you don’t waste your time, or the money you spent on the wallpaper. Here are 5 mistakes that you should do your best to avoid when hanging wallpaper in your apartment:

1.  Starting without Knowing Where You’ll Finish

One mistake that is noticeable, and can become annoying, is the patterns not matching where the seams of the wallpaper come together. Avoid this by planning the job from start to finish, so that you know where you’ll have seams. Arrange it so that the seams will be out of sight, so that it if patterns or other designs don’t match up properly, you’ll be the only one that knows.

2. Underestimating

You’re going to need more wallpaper than you think. Not having enough for the job will lead to mistakes in trying to match the wallpaper seams. Take appropriate measurements to figure out how much to buy, and then add another 30 percent on top of that. Add even more when you’re hanging up textured wallpaper, such as glass beads or crystals, just in case the materials on the paper get damaged or chipped.

3. Working in High Temperatures

You have to account for the temperature in the room when hanging wallpaper. If the temperature is too high, the heat may dry the adhesive out, which can cause many problems. For example, when the adhesive dries out, the wallpaper will curl at the edges. Sometimes adding more adhesive is enough to solve the problem, but in a few cases, that won’t work. When hanging wallpaper during the summer months, do it early in the day or when the sun goes down if you live in area that gets especially hot. You may have to have adequate air conditioning as well, to keep the temperature in your apartment down while you’re working.

4. Not Sharpening the Blade

A sharp blade helps you cut wallpaper without tearing it in the process. This is important when dealing with any wallpaper, but especially the ones that cost you a pretty penny. Make sure the blade you’re using to cut the wallpaper is not dull. Otherwise, you will rip and tear it at some point in the process. A basic knife sharpener works fine, and is a handy tool to have in the kitchen anyway.

5. Failure to Prime Walls

You may have thought about hanging wallpaper to cover up bad-looking walls in the apartment, in an effort to uplift the room’s appearance. The worst mistake you can make is to slap wallpaper on top of it, without first priming the walls. Blotches on the walls underneath can show through the wallpaper, and your work will have been wasted. Prime the walls first, or use lining on the wallpaper.

The good news is that once you avoid these mistakes, you’ll find success when hanging wallpaper. Plan well ahead of time on how to work in each room, as each will present its own challenges.

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