Traditional wallpaper installation does not have to be painful. It's a simple and affordable way to decorate your walls. Wallpapers are becoming fashionable again, and they are an excellent way to make your home stand out. The best part is that if you follow the instructions correctly, it will not damage your walls.


Although some individuals prefer to paint or tile, wallpapers are a quick and affordable way to decorate your space. They are available in various lovely designs, textures, and hues. The fact that you can install wallpaper traditional unpasted wallpaper yourself is an exciting advantage. However, you will unquestionably need patience. You can also hire a professional installer if required.

Important To Know Info On Traditional Wallpaper


  • Make sure your wall is dust-free, smooth, and clean.


  • Repair any wall holes with sharp edges that could rip or pierce the wallpaper.


  • The following paint and primer finishes are acceptable

Eggshell (recommended)

Satin (recommended) 

Semi-gloss (recommended) 

Shiny Matte (Removal may experience some paint damage)


  • Walls that have been recently painted or primed should dry for at least 30 days before installation.


  • Moreover, unpasted wallpaper may not adhere to walls painted with washable, scrubbable, or No-VOC paint.


Tools: Traditional Unpasted Wallpaper


In short, these are the only tools required to make your wallpaper installation process easier and faster.


Measurement Tape

Cleaning Sponge

Isopropyl alcohol And Water Solution

Primer (optional)



Pencil And Steel Ruler

Utility Knife




How To Install Traditional Unpasted Wallpaper


Therefore, here is a step-by-step guide on how to install the wallpaper of your choice and how to fix any mistakes you could make.


Determine How Much Wallpaper You Will Require


This is the essential step for traditional unpasted wallpaper installation.


  • Before transforming your space, take measurements of the room's height and depth to determine how many rolls you require. You can use a tape measure and do the math yourself or use a wallpaper calculator to figure out how many rolls you'll need for your project.


  • Buy more wallpaper than you think you'll need to account for mistakes and tricky areas like windows, doors, and tight nooks. Before you buy, you should order traditional wallpaper samples to ensure the product is exactly what you're looking for.


Prepare Wall


To begin, make sure your wall is smooth for hanging the unpasted wallpaper.


  • Ensure the wall is smooth, dry, and clean. Use pliers or a screwdriver to remove hooks, screws, or nails. Likewise, tape the outlets.


  • You should altogether remove any old wall coverings. A putty knife will come in handy. 


  • Further, smooth down bumps, fill any holes, and remove electrical coverings. To effectively clean the wall and remove all dirt and mildew, use a 1:1 mixture of water and isopropyl solution and wipe it with a damp cloth.


  • On the other hand, apply the primer to all cracks or holes you detect in the wall to smooth out any ridges. For easy installation and removal of the unpasted wallpaper fill each gap. Utilize wall putty while applying it to the wall.


  • Further, if you have painted the wall recently or painted after repair, leave the wall free for at least two weeks to 4 weeks. 


Create a Guide for Your First Piece


Measure your wall to make sure how long the unpasted wallpaper should be.


  • The positioning of the first piece of paper is crucial since it determines whether the rest of your application will be straight or crooked. Start installing wallpaper on the wall that attracts attention first. By measuring the width and height, mark the wall's midpoint.


  • Firstly, place a thin strip of wallpaper on the midpoint. Mark the wall where the next strip of wallpaper will hang. Cut two extra pieces of paper and stick them edge-to-edge on the wall to estimate seam locations throughout the room.


  • Mark each leading edge. The initial full-length strip should be cut with enough overhang to position the prominent element halfway. But if using wallpaper in a single solid colour, allow 1 inch of overhang at the top and bottom.


Prepare The Traditional Unpasted Wallpaper


  • Meanwhile, the first piece of paper should be cut to the wall's height plus 4 inches. To line and trim the paper, leave a few inches at the top and bottom.


  • Moreover, spread out the unpasted wallpaper's first strip face down on a 6-foot-long work table and spread a generous layer of paste around the borders of the paper using a 3/8-inch-nap paint roller.


  • The technique of "booking" involves gently folding both sides of the strip over so that they meet in the middle, giving the glue time to set. Be cautious to avoid creasing the paper during this procedure.


  • To ensure that no pasted surface is visible, ensure the paper's edges are perfectly straight. Before hanging, allow the wallpaper to stand for three to five minutes.



Hang The First Strip


  • Firstly, paste the wallpaper according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply the top half of the booked strip to the wall, unfolding it and lining up one edge with the plumb line from Step 2.


  • Further, with a clean cloth or wallpaper brush, smooth it down the wall starting from the ceiling. Just 2 inches of the hanging material should remain at the top (near the ceiling) and below (the floor).


  • Overlap the ceiling (or crown moulding) by one inch using solid paper. To centre the primary design element in the middle of the wall area, overlap patterned papers as necessary.


  • With a damp sponge, first, smooth the paper's edges. Next, lightly brush the strip's centre and edges. Then, to remove wrinkles and secure the paper to the wall, gently drag (do not push) a smoother one across the paper.


Trimming Extra Strip


  • Trim any extra paper with a razor-sharp knife held nearly parallel to the wall. To avoid tearing, guide the blade with a 6-inch putty knife.


  • Remove any glue from the paper's face with a moist sponge and give a light press toward the edges. The ceiling and woodwork should then be sponge-cleaned.


  • Each additional strip is measured, cut, and hung after being slid up or down on the wall to line the pattern and sew the seams neatly without overlaps.


Placing Second Strip


  • The second strip is more challenging than the first since you have to match patterns and prevent overlay. A pattern sequence is present in only some wallpaper designs. But when it comes to wallpaper with patterns, be prepared to match them up and prepare for waste.


  • For instance, your wallpaper should be aligned adjacent to the first strip on the wall after being unrolled. If your wallpaper has patterns, you should begin matching the designs from the middle. Please make sure you get it close enough.


Wallpaper The Corners


  • The only areas where strips overlap are in corners. The edges should match up the patterns the same way they did before.


  • When the first wall is perfectly aligned with the corner, use scissors to make a small cut at the top (where the corner meets the ceiling). It will be simple to fold the paper because of the cut.


  • Before moving on to the second wall, repeat the process at the bottom, where the corner meets the skirting or floor. Utilizing a cloth or wallpaper brush, press the paper. Make sure to do this carefully to prevent your wallpaper from pulling away from the other edge. In other words, carefully pull it out and try again.


  • Further, outlets and switches, which can be tricky, are usually fine. Cover them with wallpaper, careful not to push the strip against them overly. Cut through at the middle point with your scissors. The paper should then be pressed into the socket and smoothed over the socket's edges.


  • The shape of the outlet will be more apparent after the paper has appropriately rested. The extra piece can then be cut with a scissor.

Now Let's Talk About How To Fix Your Mistakes

Hidden Bubbles


Likewise, relax if you see bubbles. Well, nothing has been ruined, don't worry.


  • Firstly, take a knife, a seam adhesive, and a glue injector. Make a little cut along the side of the air bubbles, insert some glue using your glue injector, and press it down.


  • Finally, wipe away any extra adhesive with a fresh towel. If this proves too challenging, you can remove your paper from the wall and resmooth it.


Peeling Edges


  • For example, if your traditional unpasted wallpaper is on a rough surface, the edges will start to peel—sand down the wall after raising the area.


  • Make the surface sufficiently smooth, use wallpaper paste, and then adhere it to the wallpaper. Try a different wallpaper paste brand if peeling keeps happening.


Cutting Too Much Paper


  • You could make this error when attempting to trim away extra wallpaper. Not to worry. 


  • Recut the portion you previously stuck back in. Make sure to adhere to the cut line without crossing it. Once the wallpaper has cured, the cut won't be visible anymore.


Curled Seam/joint


  • Indeed, if you hadn't applied enough paste to the edges, the seam would have curled. Spray or dampen the area with warm water to fix this mistake. 


  • Lift the wallpaper after that, and add more paste underneath. Consequently, smooth the seam using light pressure and remove any extra glue with a cloth.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What Is Booking?


Ans: To sum up, booking is a folding and resting process that relaxes the paper for easier handling and for the glue to work. Further, fold each end towards the centre, adhesive side in, after applying the glue.


Roll the folded sheet loosely like a newspaper, aligning the edges carefully to prevent drying out. Avoid creasing it. Give it the amount of time the manufacturer suggests.


Q: How Can I Hang The Unpasted Wallpaper Straight?


Ans: Firstly, at your starting point, draw a plumb line, which is a straight, accurate vertical line. For a straightforward wall hanging, a plumb line is necessary. To create one, draw a thin vertical line with a pencil against a level. Set the first strip in line with the line.


Q: What Is The Difference Between Traditional Unpasted wallpaper And Removable Wallpaper?


Ans: Traditional unpasted wallpaper does not come with a self adhesive backing where we have to manually apply the glue, while peel and stick wallpaper has an adhesive backing.