Here is everything you need to know about how to hang a wallpaper border perfectly!
- Establish if your border is pre-pasted, unpasted, or paste-the-wall, and follow appropriate procedure to adhere your border to the wall. See our how to hang wallpaper section for more tips on each of these hanging methods.
- If you are applying the vinyl border over vinyl wallpaper, be sure to use a "vinyl-over-vinyl" border adhesive
- When applying a wall border over painted walls, lightly sand the border wall area before applying the border.
- Measure the length of your first wall and cut a strip of wallpaper border that is about 3 inches longer to allow for a little overlap on each end.
- For easy handling, gently fold the border accordion style without creasing the folds.
- To hang a border at the top of the wall, follow the ceiling line around the room, allowing at least 1/2 inch overlap at corners.
- To hang a wallpaper border around the middle of a room, also known as a chair rail border, use a level and pencil to make a faint line around the room at the desired height before you start.
- To hang around a window or door frame, overlap the horizontal and vertical strips at the corners. Then, cut through both strips at a 45° angle at the corner, remove excess pieces and wipe off glue with a clean, damp sponge.
- After applying the border to the wall, smooth the border onto the wall with a wallpaper smoothing tool to force out any air bubbles and create a lasting seal.
- To continue your border onto the next wall, cut the border at a point where you can easily match the pattern to the previous strip, allowing for an inch or so of overlap. Cut through the overlap with a utility knife, using your 6" utility knife as a guide. Remove excess paper for a clean seam and wipe off any glue with a moist sponge.