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Wallpapering made easy


Wallpapering ceilings

1.ceiling strips are folded like a concertina, but must not be pressed flat.

2.Once the amount of strips have been cut and covered with paste as are required for a ceiling, start pasting them at the wall closest to the window. If you have two windows, start at the window where most light comes in.

3.The uppermost fold of the wallpaper strip is opened up and applied to the ceiling. Brush it lightly with your hand into the corner, and only press it down carefully with the wallpaper brush once it is in position. Then open up the next fold and press it on with the brush. Always ensure that the edge of the wallpaper runs along the marking line (at the end of the ceiling or on the previous strip).

4.An assistant can support the remaining, still folded strip with a broom if they cannot stand on scaffolding or a ladder.

Preparing the subsurface:

Remove old wallpapers, water soluble paints and non-adhesive emulsion coatings. Coats of paint are treated with leach and painted over with a bonding course. Cracks and unevennesses must be filled.

Cutting wallpaper

Measure the wall height at several comparable points and add 10 cm.
Transfer the maximum wall height.
Fold the wallpaper strip at the marking and cut through it using the wallpaper knife.
Now, with the aid of the first strip, cut all further strips to a comparable length.
Apply an even layer of paste on the rear side from the centre outwards.
In order to soften them, the wallpaper strips are folded together as shown above. Only prepare as many strips as you can process rapidly.

The correct sequence when wallpapering

Wallpaper in the direction of where most light comes into the room.
The first strip is aligned with a plumb bob by making marking lines along the length of the string and aligning the first strip of wallpaper accordingly. Brush these down well from the centre outwards using the wallpaper brush.
The next steps explain how to wallpaper window niches.

If wallpapering using patterned wallpaper, you should retain the pattern sequence on door and window niches. To do this, wallpaper from one side towards the door or window. If the last strip is very narrow, then
divide it along its length and
put it together again as you wallpaper, whereby the required short pieces should be shortened accordingly prior to coating them with paste.
If narrow strip sections are also required on the other side, these are also cut along their length, coated with paste and re-joined on the wall.

Tips & tricks

Processing tips

Mark excess wallpaper with the back of your scissors. Remove the wallpaper slightly and cut it off along the fold.
The excess ends of the wallpaper can also be cut off using a cutter along the edge of a scraper.
As previously mentioned, sockets, switches and other live installations must be disconnected from the mains prior to wallpapering. Sockets and switches are simply covered over with wallpaper after removing their protective covers.
Now cut out the sockets with a carpet knife.

Wallpaper symbols

Can be completely pulled off
Offset match
Straight match
Good colour fastness to light
Waterproof at time of processing

Wallpaper roll requirements


Room circumference in metres

Number of wallpaper rolls with a room height of
2.10 bis 2.35 m


2.40 bis 3.05 m


3.10 bis 4.00 m


6 3






10 5






12 6






15 8






18 9






20 10






24 12






Calculating wallpaper requirements

For simple calculation of your wallpaper requirements: Room circumference multiplied by the room height and divided by five equals the number of rolls of wallpaper you require*.

With the Euro roll: 53 cm wide and 10.05 m long – equals 5 m2


Pressure roller
Wallpaper scissors
Seam roller
Plump bob
Paste brush
Folding rule
Wallpaper brush
Wallpaper knife