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Tips for Installing Wallpaper

Tips for Installing Wallpaper

Decorating & Remodel, DIY & Crafts

If you are like me and have not put up wallpaper since you were a child here are a few refresher tips for installing wallpaper.  If you have never installed wallpaper before I would recommend hiring a professional or buying cheap wallpaper first and practicing.

I wanted the perfect accent wall for my daughters room …. I seriously searched and searched until I found this beautiful wallpaper by Clairebella Studio.  I love the vibrate colors and the beautiful flowers.

I can remember as  a little girls helping my mom hang wallpaper in our home and I always loved to help put it up….it was just taking it down that I dreaded.  I didn’t remember all the tips and tricks but the one thing I did remember was if I didn’t take my time and do it right….I was going to have a big mess.  I decided to call in an expert….my mother in law.  She has floor to ceiling wallpaper all over her home and every last seam is perfect!

First things first we had to figure out our measurements and seams.  On each stripe of wallpaper there is usually about 18″ to 24″ of waste just depending on the pattern.  DO NOT JUST START CUTTING STRIPS.wallpaperThen we measured out our first piece and made sure to cut it an inch or 2 bigger just to be safe.


Next make sure it is good and wet.  My kitchen sink worked perfectly to soak my wallpaper, you can also use a bathtub or they have bins you can buy at the store for wallpaper.  After everything was good and wet we took it out and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes.  It is important to let the wallpaper sit the allotted time because it expands after it is wet and then shrinks back, so hanging it before it relaxes back can cause problems with your seams and how it fits.  While it sat we didn’t want the edges dry out.  If the edges had dried out while sitting we could have end up with seams coming up. The way to avoid the seams drying out is to book fold your wallpaper.

After we pulled the wallpaper out of the water we laid the design face down with the glue up.  We then took one  edge and folded it to the center and then took the other edge and fold it to the center glue sides together.  This will keep the glue from drying out while it sits.


After it has sat for 3 to 5 minutes it was time to put up the first piece!  If you look close you can see it is too big on the top and on the bottom…that is a good thing.  Better too long then too short.


Before we cut off the extra we smoothed out the bubbles with a warm wet rag.  We started in the center and pushed the air bubbles out to the seams.


Before we got our next pieces of wallpaper wet we made sure the seams would match up correctly.


Here is a close up of our seams…can you see where they join?  Pretty awesome right?  Clairebella Studio’s wallpaper was great to work with which made matching seams much easier.


The MOST important thing is to take your time.  Don’t rush putting up wallpaper and double check everything!

You can view many more beautiful designs in Clairebella studios here



*This is a sponsored post but all the opinions are my own!


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  1. Laura
    December 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Oh my gosh I am in love with that wallpaper!

  2. Marta McCue
    December 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I love this wallpaper! Absolutely gorgeous and great job on the tutorial!

  3. Tana
    December 22, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Well done. I think I might be willing to try this! Thx for the tutorial.

  4. Beth
    December 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    What beautiful wallpaper! I’ve been wanting to try for awhile now and you are giving me major motivation 🙂

  5. Amanda
    December 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    That wallpaper is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job!

  6. Allison
    December 23, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Love it! Great tips!

  7. Alma @almafied
    December 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Love the wall paper! Thanks for the tips😉

  8. Leasa A.
    March 28, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    These are some great tips for putting up wallpaper. For regular wallpaper, I usually cut 6 or more inches to make sure I get the seams correct. But soaking it and letting it “rest” properly really does help with the adhesion. Thank you for sharing!

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