How to Measure for Wallpaper
Measuring your wall for wallpaper doesn’t have to be a stressful task – it’s a simple process that ensures your project’s success. All you need are two essential measurements – the width and height of your wall. You can use centimeters, millimeters, inches, or feet, whatever suits you best.
- Width: Measure the horizontal distance of the wall from the right-hand side to the left-hand side.
- Height: Measure the vertical distance from the floor to the ceiling.
- Calculating Wallpaper Requirements: To determine the quantity of wallpaper you need, combine the width of each wall and multiply it by the ceiling height. This will give you the total square footage or meterage required. This calculation will provide you with an estimate of your square footage.
When sending us your specifications, please clearly indicate which measurement is the width and which is the height to ensure accurate results.
- Wall Surface: Ensure that your wall has a smooth and even surface. Wallpaper adheres best to well-prepared walls.
- Damp Issues: Check for any signs of dampness on the wall, as this can affect the wallpaper’s adhesion. Address any damp issues before installation.
- Levelling: Measure both sides of the walls, as some ceilings and side walls may not be perfectly level. It’s essential to accommodate for these variations.
- Add a Little Extra: If you’re unsure about your measurements, it’s a good practice to add a little extra to your calculations. A few extra inches or centimeters can be easily trimmed during installation.
- Use the Right Tools: Ensure you use a tape measure for precise measurements. Avoid using rulers or cellphones, as they may not provide accurate results.
- Double-Check: To eliminate any margin for error, repeat the measurement process twice. This will help ensure that your measurements are accurate and consistent.
Measuring accurately is the first step toward a successful wallpapering project. By following these guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to create a beautiful and seamless wall covering. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Wall Preparation Guide for Wallpaper Installation
It’s essential for Robin Sprong Wallpapers to provide our customers with clear and easy-to-follow instructions to ensure a successful wallpaper installation.
Wall Preparation Guide for Wallpaper Installation
Before installing your beautiful bespoke wallpaper, it’s important to prepare your walls properly. Proper wall preparation ensures a smooth, long-lasting finish for your wallpaper. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
– Dust mask
– Protective eyewear
– Drop cloths or plastic sheeting
– Painter’s tape
– Polyfiller and putty knife
– Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
– Clean rags or sponges
– Mild detergent
– Oil-based universal primer
– Paint roller and tray
Step 2: Clear the Room
Remove furniture and any obstacles from the walls you plan to wallpaper. Lay down drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect your flooring.
Step 3: Check the Wall Surface
Inspect the wall surface for any imperfections, cracks, or holes. Fill in holes and imperfections with polyfiller, using a putty knife. Allow it to dry completely, and then sand the patched areas until smooth.
Step 4: Remove any Existing Wallpaper
If there is any wallpaper currently on the wall, remove it completely. This can be done by using a water mister and scraper, use a wet sponge to rehydrate the glue and wash off as much glue residue as possible.
Step 5: Remove Hooks, Nails, or Protruding Surfaces
Take down any hooks, nails, or protruding objects from the wall. Fill with Polyfiller.
Step 6: Remove Dust and Debris
This is crucial prior to painting! Use a damp, clean cloth or sponge to wipe down the entire wall, removing dust, dirt, and any Polyfiller residue. Pay special attention to corners and edges where dust tends to accumulate. Allow the wall to dry completely.
Step 7: Washing and Cleaning
If your walls have been previously painted with emulsion paint, you can skip this step. However, if your walls have been plastered with Cretestone or any waterbased plaster or have a history of moisture issues, it’s essential to wash the wall with a mild detergent. Mix a solution of water and detergent, and use a clean sponge to scrub the wall gently. Rinse with clean water and allow the wall to dry completely. Allow a minimum of 48 hours drying time.
Step 8: Apply an Oil-Based Universal Primer
Apply a universal oil-based primer to all walls or surfaces. This prepares your wall for wallpaper and ensures better adhesive performance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying times and number of coats required.
Apply Two Coats of 100% Fully Washable Paint
Apply two coats of 100% fully washable paint, such as Velvaglo, on all walls and surfaces. This provides a breathable surface for the wallpaper and a smooth, washable finish.
Step 9: Allow Primer and Paint to Dry
Allow the primer and paint to dry thoroughly before moving on to wallpaper installation. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended drying time, usually 24 – 48 hours.
NB: Please note that if the ceiling paint is not washable the wallpaper glue could be visible on the ceiling after installation. Ceiling paint absorbs moisture from the wallpaper paste and could leave a slight watermark.
Properly preparing your walls is essential for achieving the best results with your bespoke wallpaper. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our installation team.
Enjoy your beautiful wallpaper!
Digital Wallpaper Installation FAQ
Basic Tips for Installing Our Wallpaper:
- Prepare Your Wall: Ensure that your wall is clean, smooth, and ideally of a light, consistent color. A well-prepared wall is essential for a seamless wallpaper installation.
- Clear the Wall: Remove all fixtures, fittings, and furniture from the wall. This includes items like beds, side tables, and wall-mounted objects. An empty wall makes the process much smoother.
- Consider Paint Drying Time: If you’ve recently painted your wall, check the paint manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended drying time before applying your wallpaper. It’s essential to allow the paint to fully cure.
- Get a Helping Hand: Wallpaper installation is easier and more enjoyable with two people working together. Having a friend or family member assist you can make a big difference.
- Use Provided Paper Layout: Ensure you have the paper printed ‘Layout’ provided with your wallpaper. Arrange all wallpaper panels in the correct order before starting the installation.
Every wallpaper panel is stamped or numbered either on the back or at the bottom. This stamp will show you the panel number and sequence of the panel. Double check the sizes of the provided panels on the Layout as well as re-measure the wall to double check.
NB: You wallpaper has been printed with an additional 5cm or 2 inches of bleed all the way around, when you start installing your first panel ensure that you start your first panel with the bleed in mind, so begin 5cm or 2 inches into your first panel both on the top and side. This is called centering your wallpaper.
- Prepare the Wall:
– Remove all furniture and objects from the wall, ensuring a clear workspace.
- Plot the Layout:
– Determine where each wallpaper drop will go and mark the spots roughly.
– Use a spirit level to ensure the horizontal alignment of your wallpaper.
- Prepare the Wallpaper:
– Depending on the material supplied, either paste the wall or paste the back of the wallpaper. Follow the specific instructions provided. Or check our Material guide here: Choosing Wallpaper Type:
- Choose the Right Wallpaper Glue:
– Use a nontoxic, water-based heavy-duty wallpaper glue in flake form. This glue should be mixed with water. Products like Pattex and Gemchem are recommended.
Robin Sprong Wallpaper manufacture their own glue and it is a fantastic product wand we recommend it.
- Align the First Drop:
– If available, use a laser level to align the first drop. Start from left to right.
- Apply the First Drop:
– Apply the first wallpaper drop along the laser level line, keeping the 5cm / 2 inches bleed rule in mind.
– Smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles as you go.
– Trim away any excess paper around skirting or other obstacles.
- Repeat for Subsequent Drops:
– Repeat the process for the next drop, overlapping the join so the pattern matches.
– To create a seamless look, use a straight edge to cut through the overlap, creating a butt-join.
- Continue Installation:
– Continue these steps until the entire wall is covered with wallpaper.
- Clean Up:
– Wipe away any excess glue on and around the paper.
NB: This is an essential step, ensure you use lots of clean water and sponges. Ensure there is no glue contamination in your water or on your cloths and sponges. Dried glue is corrosive to the digital print and leaves residue. Double check this step, it’s crucial.
– Do a final inspection to ensure there are no bubbles, and the joins are as invisible as possible.
– Some ceiling paints are very absorbent and could show watermarks after wallpaper glue has come into contact with it. You might need to touch up these areas after installation.
These detailed instructions should help you with your wallpaper installation. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team at email@example.com We’re here to make your wallpaper installation a success!
Removing Your Wallpaper
Whether you’re relocating or redecorating, the time may come when you need to part ways with your existing wallpaper. Fortunately, the removal process is relatively simple and can be accomplished with minimal damage to your wall.
For Standard Wallpaper:
- Gather Your Supplies: You’ll need a bucket of water and a sponge.
- Keep It Wet: The key to easy wallpaper removal is to keep it wet. Start at the top of the wallpaper panel and use your sponge to dampen the wallpaper from top to bottom, ensuring it remains wet throughout the process.
- Peel It Slowly: Begin to peel the wallpaper slowly from the wall, always maintaining the wet condition of the paper. This will make the wallpaper come off more smoothly.
- Handling Adhesive Residues: In some cases, you may notice adhesive residues left on your wall. Not to worry, these can be easily cleaned with warm water, a sponge, and detergents. Gently scrub the area to remove any leftover adhesive.
This process is designed to make wallpaper removal hassle-free and leave your wall ready for a fresh start. If you encounter any challenges or have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.