Do you need a Professional to Hang Wallpaper?

Wallpaper is one of the most polarizing design choices someone can go for. If it’s done well, it’s beautiful and can turn walls into pieces of art: yet done poorly, and it can age home or make the rooms feel smaller. So if you’re interested in covering your walls with beautiful patterns and designs but aren’t sure if you can do the best job possible: here are some things to keep in mind.

What Goes Into Wallpapering Spaces?

Wallpapering a wall is far more difficult than simply painting. It would help if you had an arsenal of tools, ranging from adhesive, rollers, scrapers, a knife, a leveler, and enough patience and spatial reasoning that could map it out perfectly. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have these lying around, so you would have put your time and money into purchasing them.

From here, you have to ensure the wall is as clear and flat as possible. If there are divots and cracks in the wall, this will show up through the wallpaper and feel extraordinarily distracting. You’ll also need to wipe down the partition with a cleaner to ensure the glue will stick.

Afterward, you’ll have to apply the adhesive where you want the paper to go and then carefully lay out each panel of it so that it comes out smooth and without visible lines or gaps. The type of wallpaper you use can allow for better coverage and could make it, so lines are completely invisible.

What Could Go Wrong?

Working with strong wallpaper adhesive always comes with a risk.  You could accidentally have it transferred onto furniture or your carpet or wood floors, and some adhesive brands can be difficult to remove.  Above this, there’s no margin for error when it comes to applying the paper to your walls.  

Lining it up carefully, and using it so that the pattern can continue, without leaving gaps or allowing for bubbling or wrinkles needs a lot of attention to detail.  If you don’t know how to hang wallpaper, you could end up with a room that’s full of wrinkled paper.

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Is DIY Ever an Option?

DIY can be an option if you’ve had the chance to work with professionals on a couple of applications of wallpaper or if you’ve applied it yourself several times before. However, trying to do it without any previous training and simply working off YouTube videos or blogs isn’t a great way to ensure success.  There’s too much to take on, from measuring a room for wallpaper to looking into where to source it. Also, don’t risk your home’s aesthetics.

Are Remodeling Businesses The Right Choice?

Put simply: yes.  Remodeling businesses can work with you to pick a color, texture, and style of wallpaper that you like and then move forward with the application.  Because these professionals have applied wallpaper hundreds of times before, they have the training necessary to avoid any risk of dripping glue or leaving holes between sheets of wallpaper.  These pros can also help the process go by far quicker since they have the training and tools necessary to cut down on how much time is needed to apply wallpaper.

Wallpaper Is More Complicated Than Many Assume

Although it’s one of the oldest forms of wall decoration and has been going in and out of style since the 17th century, it’s not much easier to do yourself than it was back then. So, unfortunately, it’s still something that should be left to professionals who have been trained to apply the paper properly. 

Don’t let this scare you off from wallpapering your home, though!  There’s nothing like wallpaper to make your home feel fresh and inviting.

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