How to hang wallpaper borders

How to hang wallpaper borders

Adding the finishing touches

It’s one thing being able to hang wallpaper, but what about the finishing touches? Often walls can look so much more interesting if you use wallpaper borders. You can even use these without a wallpaper background, to make a special wall feature. Explore the many ways to put up wallpaper borders, which give you more versatility and ideas to make your home look special. The opportunities afforded by the ranges of wallpaper borders on offer these days are limitless, and with your imagination and style, you can make your home decoration say something about who you are, personalizing the presentation of rooms. Borders define areas, and can be used to make a tall room look shorter, or define between ceilings and walls to give more clarity.


Step 1

Prepare for the task.

You will need a paste table or somewhere sufficiently long to paste the borders. These are folded in a concertina fashion while being pasted, but having a clean workspace helps. Gather all your tools together, ready for the job.

Step 2

Marking out.

The area in which the border is to be placed will need to be marked. Use the spirit level to get your lines straight as this is vital to ensuring that all lines on all walls meet at corners. Once you have rough pencil marks, use the straight edge to draw a fine line on the wall.

Step 3

Measure each length.

To to avoid joins midwall. If you have straight corners, you can get away with taking the border around the corners to the next wall. If not, work from one corner to the next. Always leave a little overlap so that this can be trimmed.

Step 4

Measuring subsequent pieces.

If there is a pattern match, start your measurements at the right part of the pattern for continuity around the wall.

Step 5

Paste your borders.

The borders should be pasted in a similar way to wallpaper, in that the brush strokes work from the center, toward the edge of the paper, ensuring that all edges are covered with paste. As you reach the end of your workable space, fold the border in two in a concertina fashion paste side to paste side. This also helps the border to retain the dampness of the paste until placed.

Step 6

Placing the border.

Start in one corner. Ensure that the end of the border is well stuck. Gradually work your way along your drawn lines, the line being just under either the top or bottom of the border itself, so that it is hidden from view. Push down with your hands at this stage as quickness is essential. Smooth along the length to ensure that there are no wrinkles.

Step 7

Sponging clean.

Wash your piece of border all the way across. This helps the firming up process, but also allows you to get rid of any excess paste on adjacent walls.

Step 8


Hold the end of the wide scraper against the border at a right angle to the wall, and slide your blade along this edge to get a clean cut.

Step 9

Dealing with right angles.

If you wish to use border around a light switch, or up and over the side and top of a radiator, and need to create a 45 degree angle, place one piece in place and place the next over it to create the turn. Then hold the wide scraper blade at an angle pulling the knife over the edge of the blade to form a perfect cut. Then lift the edges of the border on the miter and remove the excess paper.

Step 10

Alternative uses for borders.

If you have very plain walls, you can create a frame with border paper, in which to place artwork. Draw the rectangle using the pencil and the spirit level, and apply as shown above, mitering the corners. For added style, the color behind the framework created can be of a slightly different shade, giving your walls a different aspect.

Things Needed
• Spirit level.
• Pencil.
• Straight edge.
• Paste specially made for borders.
• Paste table.
• Pasting brush.
• Sponge.
• Quality craft knife.
• Large ended scraper.

Tips & Warnings
• Be very wary of damaging the wall beneath the border, and always wash after fitting the border to prevent glue from staining it.
• Never place borders without marking out first.
• If sticking the borders to wallpaper, wash the surface as you work.
• Make sure that ends are well stuck down.
• Use an adhesive specifically made for borders.


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