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How to Hang Wallpaper

Wallpaper is expensive enough without having to hire someone to hang it. Here's how to easily -- and inexpensively -- do it yourself.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Scrape the Wall, and Hang the Paper

Scrape off any elevated spots on the wall (Image 1). Use a cloth to wipe off any debris.

Dip the paper into the water tray.

Hang the paper in place (Image 2), using a plumb line to ensure that it's straight.

Step 2: Eliminate Air Bubbles, and Press the Seams

Use a soft brush to eliminate any air bubbles under the paper and to make sure the paper is tight in corners.

Use a small seam roller to press out the seams between sheets of wallpaper.

seam roller presses seams between wallpaper sheets

Courtesy of Cary Wiedman

Step 3: Cut off Excess

Cut away any excess wallpaper with a razor knife, using the paint scraper as a fence to guide your cutting.

paint scraper guides razor knife to cut excess

Courtesy of Cary Wiedman

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