step by step

  • types of wallpaper
  • preparation
  • cutting and glueing
  • bubbles and corners

Advice from an expert


With all that nice wallpaper that is for sale nowadays, we understand that you too have caught your eye on a wallpaper. And whether that is brick wallpaper, a botanical print or just a calm colour, the basis is hanging. But if you’ve never done that, where do you start? We give you a few tips that will make wallpapering a breeze.

Wallpaper, how do you do that exactly?

First things first. It is important to have a smooth surface. Are there any bumps, seams or other open spaces in the wall that you want to hang? First remove it by filling the wall with, for example, a wall filler. Is the wall not smooth? Then it is wise to first have the wall (let) sauces in order to get the substrate as even as possible.

The most used types of wallpaper are paper wallpaper and non-woven wallpaper. In addition to the material of the wallpaper, there is another important difference between the two. With paper wallpaper, you apply the glue to the wallpaper itself, while with non-woven wallpaper you just rub the wall with wallpaper glue. Always check which wallpaper glue you buy, because not every glue works well for every type of wallpaper. If you cannot find a solution here, check it out with the hardware store.

Take cutting waste into account

Has the choice been made for a wallpaper with a beautiful print?

Then assume that you have a lot of cutting waste. Calculate in advance how many rolls of wallpaper you need, and always buy 1 or 2 extra rolls. If you do not use these, you can always return them.

When buying wallpaper, always check that the batch number of all rolls is the same. If this is not the case, then there is a chance that a (small) colour difference can arise between the wallpaper strips – and you naturally do not want that.

Cutting strokes

Before you start decorating, you cut the strips off the wallpaper. First measure how long the wall is that you want to hang. Cut the wallpaper about 5 centimetres longer so that you have some play. You only cut these strips away once the wallpaper is on the wall.

Use the first strip as a basis for the second strip and pay special attention to any patterns. Put all the lanes away in the correct order so that you can easily grab the right strip later.


Start with glueing the paper.

Are all strips cut to size? Great, then you can start glueing. With paper wallpaper, you apply the glue directly onto the paper. Do not forget to rub the corners well. Then press the upper corners firmly against the wall, and hang the wallpaper perpendicular to the wall from the middle. Use a spirit level or a perpendicular for this.

For non-woven wallpaper, you first apply the glue to the wall. Go for an area that is slightly larger than the first strip of wallpaper. Handy tip: use a wall paint roller to apply the wallpaper glue regularly to the wall. Then take the first strip of wallpaper, and start at the top corners. Work from there up and down from the centre. Glue the wallpaper carefully and with as few air bubbles as possible on the wall. With non-woven wallpaper, you can easily correct errors by carefully pulling the wallpaper off. Note: this is only possible if the glue is still wet.

Remove air bubbles

Are there any air bubbles in the wallpaper? You can easily remove this by poking a small hole in it with a pin and squeezing the air out. In the end, you don’t see anything about this. Any loose seams and curled corners can be sealed with a brush and a little wallpaper glue.

Are you completely satisfied? Finally, cut or cut off the excess pieces of wallpaper at the top and bottom. The wallpaper can be pressed with a soft brush or cloth for extra strength and an even effect.


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