Prepping a Room for Wallpaper

 

How to prepare a room for Wallpaper

Engineering the room

Before you start hanging, take a moment to measure and mark your room. You want your wallpaper seam to start and end in an inconspicuous area, while still avoiding any obstacles that might make hanging difficult. Measure the width of your wallpaper, and then using a tape measure and pencil, measure off the sections where the wallpaper will hang. A good starting point is the center of your largest obstacle. You want the wallpaper seam to avoid any areas that may be difficult to work around. You may need to shift the starting point a few inches left or right to avoid all the problem areas.

 

Pattern Match

Wallpaper pattern matches are generally classified as: No-repeat, straight across, and half drop

 

No Repeat
As the name implies, a no repeat pattern has no elements that need to be matched while hanging. However, when hanging a no repeat pattern, be sure to rotate each alternating panel 180 degrees. While it may be hard to notice when hanging, some rolls have subtle shading that will show the sheets are hung side by side. By rotating the sheets, you will help eliminate this shading.

 

Straight Across
Wallpapers that have a straight across match have one design element that will match straight across each section of the paper. With this pattern, you want to position the design so no major sections are cut off at the ceiling line.

 

Half Drop
Wallpaper with a half drop repeat have design elements that repeat halfway between each pattern repeat. You will need 3 sheets before a pattern will repeat across the wallpaper. 

 

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