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Choosing A Pattern

The first step in putting up wallpaper in a home is to choose a pattern. You should also measure the space around the windows, doors, and cabinets to be covered. You should also choose a pattern that matches the fabrics in the room. You can also use a Decorator’s Cheat Sheet to help you determine the best pattern for your room.

Calculate Sizes

Once you have picked a pattern, the next step is to calculate how much wallpaper you will need. A good rule of thumb is to measure each wall in your home from top to bottom. Then multiply this number by 1.15 to account for waste. This will give you an accurate estimate of how many rolls of wallpaper you will need.

Start At Corners

Next, you should decide where to begin. If you have a square room, start close to the corner. This is a good place to start because it will be unlikely that your walls are perfectly straight. Often, the corners of a room are not even plumb. You may also need to join the starting and finishing strips of wallpaper to make the most of your space.

Smooth Finishes

For a smooth finish, you will want to use a heavyweight fabric-backed commercial paper. You can also use “liner paper” to smooth rough walls. If you aren’t using lining paper, make sure to paint the ceiling and woodwork before you hang your wallpaper.