Below are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding wallpapering. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please send us feedback via our contact form. Alternatively, phone or visit us instore where our staff will be on hand to answer any queries you may have.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF A STANDARD ROLL OF WALLPAPER?
Standard wallpaper is 10m / 33' in length unless otherwise stated.
HOW DO I HANG WALLPAPER?
We would always advise that a professional decorator be used when applying wallpaper but if you would like to 'do-it-yourself', hanging instructions are always given on the back of the label which is enclosed in the cellophane wrapping of the wallpaper.
HOW MANY ROLLS DO I NEED?
For a guide of the amount of rolls you require for a particular room or wall, please use our guide here. Please bear in mind this guide does not take into account the wastage you may have after each strip on a patterned wallpaper which can differ and be difficult to judge. Hall, stairs and landings can be very difficult to judge but these jobs are for professional decorator's who will be able to give you a guide.
WHAT PASTE SHOULD I USE?
Generally most commercial wallpaper pastes are suitable for use with our wallpapers. If you are in any doubt always follow the advise given on the manufacturers label. We would also recommend that the same paste is used for both the lining paper and the wallpaper where possible.
WHAT TOOLS WILL I NEED WHEN HANGING WALLPAPER?
Aside from the wallpaper itself and adhesive used to hang the wallcovering, you require a paste table (this is not required for a paste the wall wallpaper), paste brush, paperhanging brush, spirit level (or plumb line and bob), damp sponge, pencil, tape measure, scissors and a sharp snap/Stanley knife. Other tools can be used but these are the necessary items required.
SHOULD THE DESIGN ON THE WALLPAPER ALWAYS COME OFF THE ROLL THE CORRECT WAY UP?
The short answer is no. The whole thing is related to the number of processes the wallpaper passes through during manufacture (each process rewinds the roll in the opposite direction). Manufacturers will generally look to ensure that the paper comes off the roll top first but this cannot be guaranteed and must never be assumed to be the case. Always check before hanging.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PASTE THE WALL AND CONVENTIONAL WALLPAPER?
The major difference between "paste the wall" and conventional wallpaper is in their construction. Paste the wall has additional man made fibres mixed in with the pulp blend that act like a mesh. This means that "paste the wall" papers are much stronger than normal and do not expand when paste is applied. Therefore there is no soaking time required before hanging and the paste can be applied directly to the wall instead of the paper creating less mess.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PATTERN "REPEAT" AND PATTERN "MATCH"?
The pattern repeat is the distance measured before the same part of the design is reproduced on the wallpaper. However, the pattern match refers to the matching half of the design (assuming most wallpapers are trimmed through a motif to make hanging easier) falling in relation to the opposite side of the wallpaper.
WHAT IS A STRAIGHT MATCH?
This is where the matching half of the design falls on the same horizontal line as the next hung length. Please see here for an image that may show a better understanding.
WHAT IS A STEP/OFFSET MATCH?
A step match, also known as offset match, is where the match falls somewhere between the pattern repeat on the opposite side of the wallpaper. Confused? Please click here for an image showing a much clearer picture of what a step match is.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CROSS LINING?
This is where the lining paper is hung horizontally instead of vertically. It is recommended this way, firstly, to avoid the temptation to use a join as a plumb line starting point for hanging the wallpaper onto and, secondly, to avoid the possibility of a join being hung on top of another join. This is very hard to hide and may cause a problem.
WHEN SHOULD LINING PAPER BE USED?
Using lining paper helps to provide a good base to paper onto. It will result in a much better finish and so we would recommend always using it.
WHAT EFFECT DOES HEAT HAVE WHEN HANGING WALLPAPER?
All wallpapers should be allowed to dry naturally in a well ventilated room. Drying times will vary depending on wall surface, adhesive, atmospheric conditions, etc. Any attempt to accelerate the drying process with heat may cause the wallpaper to dry out too quickly. This can result in shrink back (edges opening up).
CAN I HANG NEW WALLPAPER OVER THE TOP OF EXISTING WALLPAPER?
We do not recommend it although it is possible if you are hanging over flat wallpaper, hanging over textured or vinyl paper will not be successful as the paper will not adhere properly. It is always better to strip the existing paper before proceeding.