Changing your wallpaper can instantly refresh any room in your house, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you on everything from the prep, measuring and calculating how much you need and how to apply it in in your home.
Before you hang your new wallpaper, it’s important to prepare the walls. Remove any existing wallpaper, woodchip or any other material to ensure you get clean, smooth walls ready to decorate. Stripping any old wallpaper will give you a blank canvas, and it’s much easier to wallpaper over fresh, stripped walls as you’re unlikely to get any creases or air bubbles. Plus, stripping your walls first means you’ll get a good finish and your new wallpaper will last longer.
There’s two main ways you can remove your old wallpaper. Either by using a chemical stripping solution which you can buy and apply to your walls, or by using hot steam from an electrical stripper or hot water and sponge.
Don’t worry if your wall surfaces are uneven, cracked or bumpy before you wallpaper. Lining paper will help ensure a smooth finish, which is applied underneath your chosen wallpaper. This will act as a smoothing surface which will iron out any uneven lumps and bumps. Choosing a textured wallpaper is also a great option to layer over the lining paper.