Wallpaper is one of those things that can sometimes be a pain to put up. There are many different types, patterns and textures that make hanging wallpaper an even more difficult task. It would seem like it’s impossible to find the right design for your space, but thankfully, you can use some tricks to hang wallpaper easier!
1. Prep the Walls
One of the most important things you can do before hanging wallpaper is to make sure the walls are prepared correctly. This means they need to be smooth, free of bumps, cracks, and painted light. If your walls are not in good condition, it will be very difficult to hang wallpaper correctly, and you may end up with wrinkles or air bubbles.
Prepping the walls ensures that you will have no bumps, cracks or uneven surfaces that would make it harder to hang wallpaper. It also ensures that the final result will look much better.
If your walls are painted in a dark color, they may absorb too much of the adhesive used for hanging wallpaper and lead to wrinkling or air bubbles. The darker the paint color is, the more likely it is that this problem will occur. Your walls should be smooth and free of any cracks or holes before you start hanging wallpaper. This gives you a good foundation to work on and makes everything easier overall! To ensure that your walls are ready for hanging wallpaper, gently sand them with fine-grain sandpaper and wipe off any dust with a moist cloth.
2. Use a Liquid Adhesive
The second tip for making hanging wallpaper easier is to use a liquid adhesive instead of paste. Paste has been known to cause wrinkles and air bubbles, but liquid adhesives are much better at preventing them from occurring. Even the best wallpaper will look bad if you end up with too many wrinkles or air bubbles, so it’s important to use the right type of adhesive.
If you have already purchased some wallpaper that requires paste, it is possible to use a liquid adhesive as a replacement. Ideally, you should only attempt this if your wallpaper requires about a gallon of glue since using a liquid adhesive may change the way the final results look. If this doesn’t bother you, please give it a try! Keep in mind that you will need to use a lot more glue than normal, though.
3. Use a Roller and Starch
Finally, one of the best ways to make hanging wallpaper less stressful is with a good quality roller and some starch. You can purchase these two things in Ever Wallpaper or a home improvement store, and they are both very cheap! Using a roller makes it much easier to spread the adhesive evenly on your walls and ensures that no air bubbles occur when applying the wallpaper. Liquid adhesives give off the heat after being applied, which often creates air bubbles; using a roller helps prevent this from happening by pushing out excess air before it has time to begin bubbling up. A good roller also makes applying the adhesive go quickly, so you don’t have to deal with it for very long.
Some wallpapers require starch, but if your wallpaper does not need starch, you can use it on any other type instead of purchasing a particular product. Using starch reduces the number of wrinkles and air bubbles that will appear, so they are easier to avoid in general! You can usually find some powder-type starch at most grocery stores or larger retailers like Walmart. Some home improvement stores even sell small bottles, which is great if you don’t plan to use them often and want something less wasteful than a big bottle.