Wallpaper Hanging

Handmade Wallpaper – Hanging Instructions

Please read carefully before hanging your hand-printed wallpaper.

Hanging high quality hand-printed paper is a job for a skilled craftsman experienced in paper hanging.

This wallpaper is ‘paste on paper’, ready trimmed, heavyweight 150gsm.

1. Inspect Each Roll

  • Please check that sufficient rolls have been ordered and received as our work is individually printed and prepared by order.
  • Before commencing work, check that all colours match across the rolls, are in good condition with no shade variance, and or for any visible defects present.
  • Always check the direction of the pattern prior to cutting and hanging, if in doubt contact your supplier.

2. Preparation

hand made wallpaper on long table
Hand made wallpaper on long table
  • Surfaces should be clean, dry, and even.
  • Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint prior to installation.
  • Clean and pre-treat any mould with the appropriate mould treatment, and allowed to dry completely.
  • New plaster should be allowed to dry out completely, and any absorbent surface sized with the appropriate surface size and allowed to dry completely.
  • Gloss painted surfaces should be lightly roughened with sandpaper.
  • For best results, walls should be cross-lined with good quality lining paper. Allowed to dry completely prior to installation.

3. Pasting

  • We recommend using a good quality light grade, solvent free, fungicide protected, pre-mixed tub paste.
    Do not use solvent-based paste. Self-mixed, all-purpose, and heavy-duty adhesive pastes are not suitable due to risk of discoloration.
  • Apply an even coat of paste to the wallpaper ensuring edges are well covered.
    Do not allow paste to come in contact with the surface.
  • Avoid soaking, although sufficient time (5-8 mins) should be allowed for the paper to become supple and expand, to prevent bubbling and lifting of joints.
  •  Care should be taken not to crease the paper while folding.

4. Hanging

  • Butt joints tightly but never overlap.
    Tolerance must be allowed in matching as with any hand printed wallpaper. All hand printed papers should be hung selectively. It is advisable to avoid hanging two heavy edges together.
  • Smooth the paper to the wall using a clean soft decorator’s brush from the centre of the length to the edges to remove bubbles. Avoid squeezing paste out of joints.
  • Paste may damage the surface of the wallpaper and cause print colours to transfer. Should soiling happens, the surface should be gently sponged while the paste is still moist. SURFACE SHOULD NEVER BE RUBBED.
  • Trim top and bottom using sharp scissors or a straight edge and craft knife.
  • Ensure wallpaper is firmly stuck down, as in the event of fire loose wallpaper could contribute to the hazard.
  • Carefully inspect the result after hanging the first 2-3 lengths.

This information has been provided for guidance only and in good faith, but without guarantee, as the skill of application and site conditions are beyond our control.

Although every effort is made to maintain a consistency in quality, due to the nature of the hand printing process an exact colour match to any sample or pattern book cannot be guaranteed. Please bear in mind that variations in texture, shade, and finish, which appear in these papers are the unique characteristic and qualities of hand printed paper.

Claims and/ or responsibility cannot be accepted:

  • Once the paper has been cut or subjected to additional processes.
  • For marks and damage caused by paste.
  • Once the work has been completed.

These papers are specially made to order and therefore the goods are not supplied on a sale or return basis.

We maintain in close contact with specialist hand-printed wallpaper decorators that works with us from time to time that we would be able to recommend should you need one. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.