Lining paper can be hung horizontally as well as vertically, depending on which technique will cover the wall fastest. The horizontal technique is shown here; hang vertical lengths as for wallpaper. Use corners as guide lines, and if walls undulate, then allow the paper to overlap, then trim it back. Greater care must be taken with wallpaper; each sheet has to be hung perfectly vertical to achieve satisfactory results.

Step 1

Line the Ceiling: The First Sheet

Take your “book” of pasted lining paper and hold it in position in line with the wall; you will need help with this (Image 1).

Use the paperhanging brush to crease the paper into the junction between the ceiling and the wall (Image 2).

Smooth out the paper by brushing from the center out with the paperhanging brush; your helper should unravel the paper as you progress (Image 3).

Step 2

Remove Excess Paper

Brush out any bubbles trapped under the paper (Image 1), then draw a pencil line along the junction between the ceiling and the wall.

Pull the paper gently back from the ceiling. Trim the paper along your line using scissors, then brush it back into position (Image 2).

Use a damp sponge to remove any excess paste from the walls and the paper surface (Image 3). Repeat this step at the other end of the paper.

Step 3

Attach the Next Length

Take the next “book” of paper and repeat the process. Align the paper with the first sheet, then fold it into the junction as before (Image 1).

Butt the paper length against the side of the previous sheet, making sure the seam is tight. Smooth the entire section before trimming and wiping down (Image 2).

Step 4

Line the Walls: The First Sheet

Position one end of a length of pasted lining paper into the corner of the wall, tight against the ceiling and overlapping into the corner (Image 1).

Smooth the paper across the wall with a paperhanging brush, using the junction between the wall and ceiling as your guide (Image 2).

When the sheet is in place, return to the corner and crease the paper (Image 3). Slice the sheet with a trimming knife or scissors to remove any excess paper.

Step 5

Continue Lining Walls

Take the second sheet of pasted paper and position it below the first (Image 1). Continue down the wall surface using the same techniques.

When you get to the bottom of the wall, trim the paper against the baseboard or floor using a utility knife (Image 2). Wipe any paste from the baseboard. Before starting on the next wall, cast an eye across each hung length. Check for bubbles and smooth again if necessary.

Step 6

Hang Wallpaper

Draw a vertical pencil line on the wall surface at your chosen starting point. Check and recheck this line using a level (Image 1).

Pick up the "book" of folded paper and unfold the top section. Position it against the guide line (Image 2).

When you are happy that the paper is level, brush it down from the top and crease it into the junction (Image 3). At the same time, ensure that the vertical edge of the paper is precisely aligned with the pencil guide line.

Unfold the book and work your way down the wall to the floor or baseboard. Be careful not to crease or tear the paper. Keep checking that the sheet is vertical (Image 4).

Use the brush to smooth the paper over the wall and remove any bubbles. Work from the center of the paper to the edges (Image 5).

At floor level, use the brush to crease the paper into the junction between the wall and baseboard (Image 6).

Step 7

Trim and Join the Next Length

Brush back up the paper to ensure good adhesion (Image 1). Pay particular attention to the edges and to removing air bubbles.

Trim at the top and bottom of the length using whichever method you prefer. If you use scissors, mark the crease with a pencil line (Image 2).

Brush the trimmed edges tight against the ceiling and baseboard (Image 3).

Use a clean, damp sponge to wipe away any excess paste from wallpaper surface. Do the same for the ceiling and baseboard (Image 4).

Step 8

Align Seams

Make sure that the pattern is matched at eye level; this keeps any pattern drop (or misalignments) at a high or low level (Image 1).

Butt the edges together tightly, checking the seam as you work your way down (Image 2).

Clean the seam with a wet sponge to remove any excess paste; do not apply too much pressure as this creates a shiny seam when the paper is dry. Finish off by gently running a seam roller up and down the seam (Image 3).