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The Ultimate Wallpaper Guide.

Everything you need to know about our wallpapers as well as creating them and installing. Learn more with WCI Wallpapers Pty Ltd.

Where it all starts.

Measuring your walls is the first step in creating a beautiful interior. Whether you are looking for standard wallpaper rolls or custom printed wallpapers, measuring your walls is fundamental to working out how much is needed.

We are here to assist all the way. Watch our “how to measure your walls” tutorial as it provides you with step by step instructions.

If you still need help, get in touch with us. We have our LIVE chat, with consultants ready to help you or send us your measurements and the wallpaper you are looking for and we will work it out for you.

Wallpaper Calculator

Calculate the number of rolls needed for your project by using this neat calculator tool. Please not that this tool is a guide and WCI Wallpapers cannot be held responsible for incorrect quantities ordered. If you unsure ask us, we have live consultants available all the time to assist.

How to create custom wallpaper?

Once of our most requested questions from clients. Take a high resolution image and your wall measurements and we print to the wall size. It’s as easy as that!

But view our Custom Wallpaper page to learn more and get creating!

Lead times and Shipping

While our wallpapers are imported, the majority of our lead times are only 7-10 working days from Europe, England and the USA. Not bad?

We deliver nationwide as well as offer installation services for major regions.

Let’s learn how to install.

 

Here is a little DIY tutorial on how to install Standard wallpapers as well as Custom Wallpaper and Murals.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Custom Printed Wallpaper

Our standard lead time is 7-10 working days from deposit and approved sample.

This is all dependent on the total quantity required. We will always advise how long your order will take.

The process –  All we need from you is a design brief and your wall dimensions (width x height). Once you are happy with the concept design we will aim to send you samples within three to five days, and once these are approved & payment is received your order will be dispatched within 7-10 working days. We print using UV inks which are durable and wipeable, and do not require a protective coating.

Samples – We provide a sample of the section of the full size image, to show quality and colour.

Materials – We can print onto virtually any of our standard wallcoverings. Our standard print media is designed specifically for digital wallcovering and are available in a variety of finishes. All are contract quality wide width vinyls are durable & resilient for hotel, retail, corporate, commercial & residential environments.

All our wallpapers are printed on 1.3 meter wide vinyl digibase wallpaper.

Our substrate is tough and durable and is internationally recommended for commercial and hospitality groups.

Enquire about different substrates available.

Yes we can and its what we do best. Send us your artwork, designs, photos or images.

We work with architects and designers to create bespoke wallpapers for projects.

Send us your artwork or concept and we will get in touch to discuss the project.

Basic Artwork Requirements:

  • Minimum of 300DPI
  • Artwork to be supplied in CMYK format
  • PDF or EPS File Format

Creating your own wallpaper can be easily achieved. There 3 ways to achieve your very own wallpaper:

  1. Choose from our Image Gallery. We have put together some of most popular designs in our own image library. All our designs are digitally created which means we can make tweaks to the colour, text and motifs to suit individual interior project requirements. All our custom wallpaper is printed on wide width vinyl wallcoverings which is durable and perfectly suitable for commercial and residential environments.
  2. Send us your Artwork. Using your images, we can create wallpaper customized for your offices or home. Transforming your artwork into bespoke wallpaper doesn’t come at any extra cost. All you need to do, is fill in the form below with some details of your idea and one of our friendly team members can help your turn your photo or design into a bespoke mural.
  3. Choose from a Stock Library. We have a licenses with various stock libraries, which means if you like something from their image bank, we can transform it into a wallpaper for you. You can either send us the thumbnail or just fill in the below form with a URL link to the stock image you like and our team will take it from there.

 

Have a look at our Custom Printed Wallpaper page to view more information:

Custom Printed Wallpaper

 

General Questions

This is part of the curing process of the adhesive. As the wallpaper adhesive dries, it will begin to tighten and bubbles will disappear after 3-4 days.
It normally takes 3-4 days for the adhesive to cure fully in an ambient temperature of 22 degrees. If there are still bubbles remaining, it may be a result of the adhesive still drying in those areas. Give it a couple of days and they should disappear.
Contact us if you are unsure or if the bubbles are still evident after 2 weeks.

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We always recommend all dry Wall Surfaces to be skimmed & painted with good quality oil based primer available from Plascon or Dulux.

Eco based formulation of water based primers are not recommended as a suitable surface for adhesion of wallpaper as delamination may result. In the event that the client has already applied an eco-based formulation of water based primer, it is highly recommended that an oil based primer be applied prior to wallpaper installation

Yes, yes, yes! We always get a warm feeling inside when we transform a home by adding a feature wall or two.

Have a look at our portfolio to get some inspiration for your next home decor project.

Yes we can come measure for you however this service is only offered for areas surrounding our showroom locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Just include your location and we will advise you if we able to come to your site to measure.

 

For over 20 years we have closely worked with designers, architects and specifiers on projects. Whether its sourcing wallpaper designs to coordinate with their mood board or creating bespoke wallpapers from scratch, we offer advice and guidance as wallpaper specialists.

If you are working on a project and need sampling, get in touch and we will assist you.

This is what we do best. With over 150 years of combined experience in the wallpaper industry, we have the knowledge and expertise when it comes to large scale projects. Whether its for hospitality, commercial or corporate projects, get in touch to discuss your project.

View our portfolio to have a look at some of the clients we have worked for.

Yes we do, and we would love to see you. We have showrooms in Pinelands, Cape Town and Kramerville Corner, Johannesburg where you can come in and have a look at our extensive selection of wallpaper sample books.

Even better, if you like something you see, you can loan the book to take home. While we try to have sample books of every design in our vast library of collections, it is sometimes not possible. However if your are really interested in the collection and we dont have physical samples, let us know and we will try to get some for the future.

Yes we definitely do! We offer a professional installation service for commercial and residential clients. Our applicators are vastly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to small or large scale projects.

Besides Cape Town and Johannesburg, we do offer installation services for other major regions in South Africa. Please enquire if we install in your area.

 

Yes we do. We deliver to all major regions in South Africa including Southern Africa and Mauritius.

If you would like delivery, please let us know and we will quote you on door to door courier.

Generally, in order to calculate how much wallpaper you need, use the following steps:

  1. First, calculate the wall area by multiplying the height of the wall by the width. View our “How to measure my walls? if you are unsure.
  2. Second, calculate the area of the wall you will not be papering (i.e. windows and doors) by multiplying the height by the width of each area you will not paper.
  3. Third, minus the unpapered area from the area of the wall. This will give you the wallpapering area.
  4. Fourth, divide the wallpapering area by the square footage of the wallpaper you would like to purchase. This will give you the total number of rolls needed to complete your project. However, you will need to consider extra paper for the pattern repeat and extra trimmings.

To make this process easier for you, send us your dimensions (height & width) and we can work out the number of rolls you will need to order for your project. We’ve taken the design repeat into consideration when calculating how many rolls you will need.

WCI Wallpapers Pty Ltd advise that you always consult us before ordering wallpaper as we cannot be held responsible for any incorrect quantities of wallpaper ordered.

All our wallpapers are imported and have an average lead time of 7-10 working days. We always try to ensure every order is brought in as quickly as possible, so if it is urgent, let us know and we will see what we can do to speed up the process. Some wallpapers may require longer to get to you but our sales representatives will always provide you with a lead time for your order.

Please note that special order items or large quantity orders are available via sea-freight. This is normally applicable to large scale contractual projects with high volumes.

We always try our best to ensure that there are no hiccups along the way but sometimes mother nature or customs can delay the process. This is an exception and we will always keep you updated on the progress of your order.

  1. Click on the “Add to Quote” button for the particular wallpaper design you like. This will add it to your “Quote Cart”, where you can add multiple wallpaper designs to and get pricing for each one!
  2. Once you have your list of designs, fill in the contact form and include your wall size(s) so we can work out the number of rolls you require and click”Submit”. This will send your list to one of our experienced sales representatives where they will get back to you as quickly as possible with a price.
  3. Finally, if you want a formal quote including delivery or installation, let us know and we will provide you with a comprehesive quote.

Installation Questions and DIY tips

Unsightly wallpaper seams can be avoided by following the proper procedures for “booking” and smoothing wallpaper. “Booking” helps wallpaper to evenly absorb the moisture that activates the adhesive so you don’t have to worry about wallpaper shrinking up while it sets. A wallpaper smoothing tool should be used after you hang each strip. This will help the seams line up and smooth out the paper. A seam roller can also help seal and set wallpaper seams. It is important to know if you choose a grasscloth or natural fibre wallpaper, that seams will show because the natural fibres do not create perfect seams. This is actually a style choice and one reason why coverings like grasscloth are popular with decorators who are looking to create a natural and textured look in their space.

Before you begin any preparation or decoration work, it’s best to clear the room as much as you can. Move any items that need to stay into the centre of the room and cover them with dust sheets. Use dust sheets to protect the floor, too.

It’s also a wise move to soak the paper on the wall with hot water, as this makes it much easier to remove. You’ll find the water soaks in more easily if you cut the paper first by scoring it with the blade of a stripping knife, or you could run an orbital scorer over the surface. But make sure your stepladder is stable when you’re tackling the higher sections.

Introduction

Walls almost always need some surface preparation before you can start painting. Even brand-new plaster needs sealing. You should fill any cracks and holes and make sure all surfaces are clean, smooth and dry. You can paint over emulsion-painted surfaces that are in good condition, but make certain you strip back or sand off any peeling paint.

Safety first

Always wear a dust mask while you’re sanding. With old paint, there can be an extra risk of breathing in poisonous lead dust. If you’re in any doubt, use a simple lead testing kit. If there is lead, use a specially formulated liquid sander instead. It’s also a good idea to put on some safety goggles to protect your eyes.

Also remember to wear protective goggles and masks when cutting or sawing metal. Clear away all metal dust and small pieces before starting work again.

Preparation

The difference between a good and bad paint job usually depends on how carefully you prepare the surface.

No paint can properly mask grubby or uneven surfaces, so make sure you remove any dirt, grease and loose or flaking material, fill any holes and repair defects. There may even be areas that need touching up on new surfaces.

Washing your surface

You should always wash a previously painted surface before painting over it. The less dirt or grease on a surface, the better your final paint job will look.

Grease, nicotine stains, children’s drawings and finger marks can all be taken off with sugar soap. Some sugar soaps come in a dissolvable powder or pre mixed liquid form.

Ensure you wear safety goggles and gloves when using sugar soap as it can irritate your skin.

Apply this with an old (clean) paintbrush or sponge, working into the surface as if you were washing the dishes. Leave the solution for a few minutes before rinsing off with clean tap water and sponge. Not only does the sugar soap clean the surface, it also provides a better surface for the paint to adhere to

In older houses, you still sometimes find distemper. This old-fashioned emulsion is often dusty or powdery to the touch, and rubs off as you wash the surface. It’s not a good idea to paint or wallpaper over it, as neither will stick. Instead, try to wash and scrape off as much as possible, and then seal the wall with a stabilising solution.

Sanding down

Sanding creates a smooth, even foundation that massively improves your final finish. It also gives a slight roughness (known as a ‘key’) that helps primer or paint to adhere to. On stripped plaster, sanding can level out any repairs and remove stubborn traces of old wallpaper or paste.

When sanding the surface of the walls use a smaller grade/grit of paper. The grades of wallpaper are based around the finish you are aiming for. For example a 70 grade paper is great for quickly removing excessive debris; however it will leave a rough surface. A higher grade will give a finer finish on more delicate surfaces. For this task we would recommend a multi-purpose sandpaper such as a 70 grade, we also offer mix grade sandpaper packs which are great for a variety of different projects.

When sanding, use a sanding block and wrap the sandpaper around it, this will ensure you cover an even surface. Sand the surface in circular motions covering all areas. If you are smoothing rough surfaces, run your hand over the area to check if it’s smooth and matches the rest of the area.

When sanding wood, try to work in the direction of the grain. Work from a lower grade sandpaper and finish with a higher one. This will create a smoother finish to paint over. Sanding wood creates a lot of dust, so make sure you wear a dust mask and eye protection, have plenty of ventilation and cover anything vulnerable with dust sheets. When you’ve finished, you’ll also need to dust down the whole sanded surface from ceiling to floor, and vacuum it thoroughly. If you don’t, you risk wood particles sticking to freshly painted surfaces.

Priming

You won’t need to prime a surface that’s been painted before and is in good condition – washing and light sanding are usually enough. However, if the surface is stained with nicotine you may want to consider using a specialist primer. If the wall is freshly plastered, you will need to apply a layer of primer before you paint your final coat of colour.

On a porous surface, primer stops the top coat from being absorbed, so you need fewer coats of paint to get a good coverage. On non-porous, shiny surfaces, paint often won’t bond properly – so the primer gives it something to stick to. As different surfaces need different primers, make sure you choose the right one and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Water-based primers tend to give off less odour and are less damaging to the environment.

Choose a primer that will relate to your final colour, for example if your final coat will be a natural white, use a white primer. Similarly if your final colour will be a dark red, use a grey primer, this will help create an accurate final colour. Applying your primer layer is the same as if you were painting normal emulsion paint. Take your time applying even layer with a brush or roller. Work in sections across the surface and allow plenty of time for the paint to thoroughly dry as per the products instructions.

Priming for different surfaces

There are specific primers for different surfaces and applications

  • Multi-purpose primers
  • Wood primers
  • Metal primers
  • Radiator primers – these are heat resistant which is very important
  • Plaster sealers – specific to newly fitted plaster board
  • Specific surface primers – these can include tile primers, radiator primers and PVC primers
This is part of the curing process of the adhesive. As the wallpaper adhesive dries, it will begin to tighten and bubbles will disappear after 3-4 days.
It normally takes 3-4 days for the adhesive to cure fully in an ambient temperature of 22 degrees. If there are still bubbles remaining, it may be a result of the adhesive still drying in those areas. Give it a couple of days and they should disappear.
Contact us if you are unsure or if the bubbles are still evident after 2 weeks.

We always recommend our Bartoline Flake Adhesive and Ready Mix for installing wallpapers.

If you are installing the wallpapers yourself, ask for our DIY adhesive. We will work out how much glue is required for your project and always make sure your follow the mixing instructions.

Please note that we only supply our DIY adhesive with wallpapers purchased from us.

Introduction

Hanging wallpaper can make a big impact on your room depending on the colour and the design. As walls and corners aren’t often straight, don’t rely on them as a guide when you hang paper.

Where to start wallpapering

Ideally begin at the corner and hang your first length of paper on a wall with no doors or windows. That way, you can hang a full length from the ceiling to the top of the skirting-board.

Choose a wall to the right of the window if you’re right-handed or to the left if you’re left-handed. Also, it’s best to work away from the window, so the paper edges don’t cast a shadow if they overlap slightly. And try to avoid having to hang narrow strips against a window or door. If necessary, cut the first length in half vertically along the edge that’ll overlap the corner.

Last but not least, if your wallpaper has a large pattern, it’s a good idea to hang the first length over a fireplace or other focal point. Then work away from it in both directions to make the design central and symmetrical. Complete this area before papering the rest of your room.

How to hang the first length of wallpaper

It makes sense to take your time when hanging wallpaper. Be particularly careful with the first length – it’s important to get that one straight.

Top tip – Wall plug markers

Unscrew all your wall fixings before you start papering, but leave the wall plugs in place. Mark the position of each one by pushing a matchstick (with the head broken off) into the plug, leaving it slightly proud.

As you hang your paper, bring it over the marked position and press the paper onto the matchstick to pierce the paper.

Then smooth the paper with a paperhanging brush. When the paper is quite dry, remove the matchstick and replace the fitting.

Top tip – Keeping your scissors clean

Occasionally dip your wallpaper scissors into a jar of clean, warm water to loosen the build-up of paste.

Step 1

To position your first length of wallpaper, use a plumb line or spirit level to draw a line from ceiling to skirting board, 480mm out from the corner. This allows a 50mm overlap onto the window wall.

Step 2

Place your first pasted length at the top of the wall with its right-hand edge running down the vertical line. It’s easier if you can keep the left-hand edge of the paper off the wall.

Try to leave about 50mm of excess paper above the top of the wall for trimming. Hold the paper at both sides and make sure you don’t let the lower paper drop suddenly as it could tear or stretch.

Step 3

After you’ve lined-up the right-hand edge, smooth the paper down with a paper-hanging brush. Work from the centre of the paper out to the edges, checking there are no bubbles and that the edge stays bang on the pencil mark.

Step 4

With the first length in place, crease the top and bottom of the paper against the ceiling and skirting board junctions. Gently pull the paper away from the wall and cut along the creases with wallpaper scissors. Then brush the trimmed edges back into place.

Step 5

Fit the next length against the previous one, matching the pattern at eye level. When you’ve got two or three pieces in place, run the seam roller lightly down the joins. But be careful not to press down too heavily on textured paper or you’ll flatten the pattern.

How to wallpaper in internal corners

When you’re papering in corners, it’s much easier to cut a length of paper vertically and position the join at the corner, especially when your wall is slightly crooked or your corner isn’t completely square. Measure and cut the paper so that it reaches slightly beyond the corner. If the off-cut of paper is half a width or more, then use it as the next length. If it’s even smaller, start with a new length.

Top tip – Uneven walls

If the lines and angles of your walls are uneven, it may be better to choose a plain paper or one with a small, frequently repeated pattern. In particular you should avoid striped papers as these can make irregularities very obvious. Alternatively, you can wallpaper a single feature wall.

Step 1

Measure the distance between the edge of the last length you’ve hung and the corner at the top, bottom and middle of the wall. Use the widest measurement and allow an extra 25mm for turning onto the next wall. Cut a length of paper to this width.

Then paste and hang the cut length and fit the paper to the edge of the previous strip, aligning the pattern at eye level. Allow the extra 25mm to stick lightly to the next wall, and use a paper-hanging brush to smooth the paper into the internal corner.

Step 2

Make sure the paper’s firmly pressed against the wall by running the seam roller along its edge. Wipe any excess paste from the roller before it dries. If you spot any creases, tear the paper and overlap the pieces so they lie flat – a tear will show less than if you cut the paper (although it’s better to cut vinyl paper).

Step 3

Hang the plumb line on the next wall at a distance from the corner that’s either the width of the full paper roll or your offcut (whichever you’re using). Make some pencil marks behind the vertical line at intervals down the wall. This will give you a completely vertical edge for starting the next wall.

Step 4

Hang the next length with its right-hand edge aligned with the pencil marks and overlap the paper turned from the previous wall. If your paper is patterned, match the two pieces as closely as you can and use border adhesive along the overlapping strip.

How to wallpaper in external corners

You’ll often find that walls and corners aren’t completely straight or at perfect right-angles. If this is the case, you should position an overlapping join at an external corner.

Step 1

Start by measuring from the edge of the last full width to the corner, and allow an extra 25mm for the turn onto the next wall. Cut a length of wallpaper to this width. Then hang it as far as the corner and bend the excess paper around the corner onto the next wall.

Step 2

Use a plumb line to get a vertical start on the next wall and lay the paper over the overlapping section of the previous length. Then stick it with border adhesive, which is much better than walppaper paste for sticking paper to paper.

Step 3

A mismatched pattern is more obvious on an external corner, so you’d be better doing this with small repeated patterns or plain wallpaper. The overlap will also show up more if you’re using textured or flock papers.

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Practical Tips and Advice

Although it is not always necessary to use lining paper, it is designed to be a perfect base for wallpaper and can help hide any blemishes that might show through thin wallpaper. You may consider using lining paper if your walls have multiple imperfections or repaired spots, if you are using a thin wallpaper, or when we recommend it. Chat to us about your project if you need advice.

Wallpaper can cover more than just your walls. It is an easy way to add design and dimension to many places in your home. Use a bold patterned wallpaper inside your bookshelves to make your books and display pieces stand out. Add texture and pattern to your room by wallpapering your ceiling. You can also paper smaller pieces such as dressers, coffee tables, and nightstands. Design blogs and DIY tutorials are great places for unique wallpaper ideas and inspiration.

The difference between these two types of wallpaper is the method of applying or activating the paste before hanging the paper. When using Paste-the-Wall wallpaper, the paste is applied directly to the wall before hanging each strip. This wallpaper is made with a special backing that does not expand when wet; therefore, it does not need to soak as in other application methods. When using the Paste-the-Paper method, the paste is applied to the back of the wallpaper before hanging. This method requires a process called “booking” which is a way to activate the paste while letting the paper rest before hanging the strip.

If your wallpaper states it is paintable then we would advise to use a good quality matt emulsion paint and allow to dry before applying other finishes, i.e. silk emulsion or satin/gloss oil paints and always test on a small piece prior to emulsioning. Most commercially available pastes are of equal quality, but please read manufacturers instructions carefully before use.

When working on a project for a kitchen or bathroom, you want to use a wallpaper that is moisture resistant and unaffected by exposure to humidity. Vinyl coated or solid vinyl wallpapers are more durable and able to be washed which is ideal for projects in bathrooms and kitchens.

There are many advantages to using wallpaper over paint to decorate your space. For instance, wallpaper can cover up imperfect or damaged walls as well as add texture and dimension in way paint simply cannot do. Wallpaper also offers a wide range of colors and complex patterns that would be difficult to create with a paintbrush.

You can wallpaper over just about any surface such as drywall, concrete, panelling, masonry, new and old plaster, and even tile or laminate. For uneven, newly repaired, or slick surfaces, you will need to apply lining paper which provides a smooth surface for the wallpaper to adhere without blemishes. The key to a successful project is correctly preparing the walls.

Primer is a protectant/sealer that prevents the paste from being absorbed into a wall and allows it to grip to slick surfaces. It is highly recommended that you prime a wall before hanging wallpaper because it creates an even surface for the wallpaper to adhere to as well as makes the wallpaper removal process much easier should you ever decide to update the wallpaper. “Sizing” a wall is thin coat of paste applied to a wall to create additional grip and make it easier to slide each strip of paper onto the wall. “Sizing” is often recommended for porous, repaired, or plastered walls. However, many combination primer/sizers are available and can be used simultaneously for a wallpapering project.

Tips when choosing a wallpaper for a project

The standard length of a roll of our wallpaper 10.05 metres (11 yards) unless otherwise stated. However we have various rolls sizes so it is always important to look at the size of the roll when choosing and calculating how much wallpaper will you need.

Here is a basic breakdown to help you:

  1. Standard Wallpaper rolls are 10 meters long by 53cm wide. These are what most wallpaper rolls are produced at.
  2. “Double rolls” are rolls that are twice the size of standard wallpaper rolls. They are 20 meters long by 1.06 meters wide.
  3. Commercial wallpapers can vary in size and are normally used for large scale projects. These wallpaper rolls come in 30,40 and 50 meters long and the width of the roll can vary from 1.06, 1.1 and 1.3 meters wide. This type of wallpaper offers a wider coverage and more cost effective which is why it is preferred on large scale hospitality and commercial projects.

We offer our fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings for large scale commercial projects as it is classified as scrubbable and peelable. Do to its touch and durable exterior, these wallpapers are the preferred wallcoverings for large hospitality groups like Marriot and Hilton.

With a vast number of designs available, our fabric vinyl wallpapers are modern and can transform commercial, corporate and retail environments.

The non woven wallpapers are the latest trend in decorating. Therefore, whether you hire a professional, or do-it-yourself, you cannot go wrong using the nonwovens.

Nonwovens are made of a special blend of natural and synthetic fibers, making them washable and breathable. You will find these fibers in many household products such as tea bags, coffee filters, and gauze.

These papers are breathable, which eliminates vapor lock that contributes to the cause of mold and mildew. Because these wallpapers are able to breathe, this makes them a perfect application for kitchens and bathrooms.

These wallcoverings are also tear-resistant. This is a great advantage as the wallpapers will not get torn during installation or removal.

Choosing the right wallpaper for your space is an important consideration. Not only do you want to think about patterns and colors, but you should also consider the installation process, durability, and cleaning procedures.

We pride ourselves in our vast selection of non-woven and vinyl wallpapers. Why? Because they are durable and washable making it suitable for a vast number of environments. The number one choice for international markets.

For instance, grasscloth and string cloth are made of natural and synthetic fibers and provide great texture to a room. However, steam and moisture can easily damage them so they are recommended for low-traffic, dry rooms. Other more durable papers are good for high-traffic areas. Solid vinyl wallpaper is very durable and can be easily cleaned.

Vinyl coated paper is treated to repel water and soil and is appropriate for most rooms. Consult us on your project requirements and we will recommend the most suitable wallpaper.

Generally, in order to calculate how much wallpaper you need, use the following steps:

  1. First, calculate the wall area by multiplying the height of the wall by the width. View our “How to measure my walls? if you are unsure.
  2. Second, calculate the area of the wall you will not be papering (i.e. windows and doors) by multiplying the height by the width of each area you will not paper.
  3. Third, minus the unpapered area from the area of the wall. This will give you the wallpapering area.
  4. Fourth, divide the wallpapering area by the square footage of the wallpaper you would like to purchase. This will give you the total number of rolls needed to complete your project. However, you will need to consider extra paper for the pattern repeat and extra trimmings.

To make this process easier for you, send us your dimensions (height & width) and we can work out the number of rolls you will need to order for your project. We’ve taken the design repeat into consideration when calculating how many rolls you will need.

Alternatively, use the online roll calculator from one of our suppliers to determine the number of rolls required:

WCI Wallpapers Pty Ltd advise that you always consult us before ordering wallpaper as we cannot be held responsible for any incorrect quantities of wallpaper ordered.

Wallpaper Maintenance

Each wallpaper id different! Please always consult us before attempting to clean your wallpaper. If your wallpaper is washable, use a sponge lightly dampened with a solution of water and a small amount of dish soap. Make sure you do not get the wallpaper too wet. It is best to have a dry cloth with you to wipe up the excess solution. Finish this washing process by rinsing the wallpaper with a lightly dampened cloth or sponge with water alone. Then immediately dry the wallpaper with a terry-cloth towel. Certain uniquely textured wallpaper cannot be washed. You can test whether your wallpaper can be washed by picking an inconspicuous spot of wallpaper and applying your solution of dish soap and water to it. If the wallpaper absorbs the water or the colours run, it is not washable. Even if your wallpaper is washable do not use abrasive cleaners.

Wallpaper Terms and Symbols

Sizing a wall refers to a coat of paste you apply to the wall prior to wallpapering. This process creates a uniform surface for the wallpaper to adhere. Although sizing is not always necessary, it has many benefits including easier wallpaper application, increased grip between the wallpaper and the wall, and easier wallpaper removal. It is especially recommended for wallpapering on plastered, repaired, or porous walls. Once your walls are clean and smooth you are ready to begin sizing.

Booking refers to how the wallpaper should “rest” while the glue activates. Booking allows the paste to penetrate the wallpaper while keeping the paste from drying out before hanging it.

Once the glue has been activated on pre-pasted strips or spread on un-pasted ones, you should lay the strip pattern-side down on a flat surface. Gently fold the ends of the strip back towards the centre so the pasted sides are touching.

Do not allow the folds to crease or you may leave a permanent mark. Follow the manufacturers recommended time for booking before hanging the strip. You do not need to “book” the wallpaper when using the Paste-the-Wall method.

When using an offset design match, also called drop match, the design expands beyond the width of one roll and therefore needs to match the strips around it both horizontally and vertically. Offset designs are the most difficult to align and require you to determine which strips will go where before you begin. The half-drop match repeats at the ceiling line on every other strip creating a diagonal pattern sequence. Offset matches also require more wallpaper and create more waste. You would need three strips of wallpaper to repeat the vertical design.

The symbol for an offset match is .

When using a free design match, also called random match, you don’t have to worry about lining up the design at the seams. This makes free match wallpaper easy to install and great for beginners. Using a free match wallpaper, such as a texture or vertical stripes, will reduce the amount of wasted paper since you won’t have to cut away extra paper to match a design.

The symbol for free match is .

When using a straight design match, the wallpaper design begins and ends within the width of the roll. This makes it easy to see where the seams should line up. The match begins at the ceiling line ensuring that the design will match up on either side of the strip. This creates a horizontal pattern sequence.

The symbol for straight match is .

Design match describes the way to join two sheets of wallpaper so the patterns match up. The design match for your wallpaper is generally indicated on the product page. There are multiple types of design match, the main three being free match, straight match, and drop match.

Pattern repeat measures the design on your wallpaper. It is the vertical distance between one point in the pattern and where that identical point appears again. Pattern repeats can vary in size. The pattern repeat is important to keep in mind when deciding how much wallpaper to order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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