How to wallpaper – expert guide

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If you’re considering wallpapering a room for the first time, our guide will help you get the best results.

The essential kit

  • Sturdy wallpapering table
  • Enough wallpaper to cover the walls (all with the same batch numbers), plus a spare roll (in case of mistakes)
  • 6in or 4in pasting brush
  • Pasting roller, 2in brush and paste tray
  • Roller extension pole
  • Paste bucket and water bucket
  • Adhesive/paste
  • Decorating shears/scissors
  • Smoothing blade
  • Smoothing brush
  • Plumb bob
  • Thin-tipped pencil and pencil sharpener
  • Decorator’s sponge and cloths
  • Snap blade knife (dispose of blades carefully)
  • Rubbish bag
  • Bucket of warm water for rinsing
  • White string (to tie across the bucket to rest your paste brush on)
  • Seam roller (for flattening joints in wallpaper)
  • Dust sheets
  • Tape measure
  • Overalls

Did you know?

Online help has a useful know-how section with a wallpaper estimator, step-by-step guide to hanging wallpaper, videos and tips.’s DIY Guides in its Advice and Tips section offers advice for a range of tasks, from papering behind a problem area to papering ceilings.

B&Q has a host of helpful videos at Or, for more hands-on practice, try its You Can Do It workshops (, which include a Hanging & Removing Patterned Wallpaper class. From £10, call 0845 600 5428.

Dulux also has some great videos. Take a look at its practical guides to wallpapering at and see how to hang feature wallpaper at

Help with interior design

Laura Ashley Design Service

Dulux Design Service

John Lewis Home Design Service

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