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What tools do you need to hang wallpaper?

It’s always a good idea to collect everything you need before you start a big DIY project because it can be a real buzzkill if you need to stop everything to grab more supplies. Here’s a checklist of everything you’ll need to come prepared with for some uninterrupted wallpapering:

Room Preparation Tools

  • Screwdriver & Plyers - use these to remove faceplates and other hardware in the room.

  • Spackling & Sandpaper - these would only be required if you will be repairing holes or cracks, or sanding down bumps.

  • Joint Knife - This is the spatula that you can apply spackling with. Later on, this is also a handy tool that can be used to jam wallpaper into the ceiling and corners to be trimmed with a razor blade.

  • Wallpaper Liner - if actually repairing your walls is too much work and you’re not a total perfectionist, wallpaper liner is a pretty good alternative to cover up wall imperfections like cracks, small bumps and discoloration.

  • Primer - this ensures the wallpaper will stick to your walls and that it isn’t impossible to remove later on. Read our article on preparing your space before wallpapering to find out more about when you should consider using a primer.

  • Tape Measurer - Measure and mark where the seams of your wallpaper will be before you get to hanging. As they say, “Measure twice - cut once.”

  • Pencil - Avoid using pens because the ink can bleed once wet with adhesive and stain your new wallpaper.

  • Level / Plumb bob - Use a level to mark plumb lines directly onto the wall where the seams of the wallpaper will go. Always use a level - trusting the walls or ceiling to be straight is one of the most common rookie mistakes!
  • Wallpaper Hanging Tools

  • Enough Wallpaper - The most important material of all… make sure you purchased enough wallpaper. Check out our very accurate roll calculator or learn how to manually calculate how much wallpaper you’ll need exactly!

  • Floor Protection - Don’t use newspaper as the ink can transfer onto your new wallpaper and ruin it, instead opt for a plastic sheet.

  • Portable Work Light or Lamp - Working in good lighting is important to spot bubbles and smudges of paste that end up on the surface of the wallpaper.

  • Ladder - Best is a ladder that is tall enough so that you won’t need to be reaching over your head, as well, a ladder that doesn’t need to lean against the wall is required.

  • Table - if you are hanging a paste-the-product wallpaper, you will need a pasting table. Otherwise, a table is still handy to measure and cut wallpaper on so that the floor won’t get damaged.

  • Bucket - This will be used for your adhesive.

  • Adhesive - Make sure your adhesive is the right type for the type of wallpaper that you have.

  • Brush or Roller (for Adhesive) - This will be used to apply the adhesive to the wall.

  • Razor Blades / Box Cutter - Buy a big box of blades and change it up as soon as it feels dull – this will make the whole job feel much easier.

  • Long Metal Ruler - Use this in combination with your sharp razor blades to cut long straight lines in one motion.

  • Joint Knife - This is a type of sharp spatula that can be used to jam wallpaper into the corners at the ceiling or floor before being trimmed to size.

  • Smoothing Brush, Foam Roller or Wallpaper Sweep - This is what you’ll use to gently work the air bubbles out from under the wallpaper. Be warned that the brush requires a bit of finesse and that many beginners opt for using a clean, dry foam roller or a wallpaper sweep (a rigid plastic thing) to do this.

  • Cloths, Soft Sponges and Wet Wipes - Hanging wallpaper can get messy. Be prepared with non-abrasive things like old dish towels and soft sponges to wipe the surface of hung wallpaper that might get some paste on it. As well, make it easy to quickly wipe your hands clean before touching fresh strips of wallpaper.

  • Trash Bag - You need somewhere to put all the scraps of wallpaper you cut off and used wet wipes so that the room doesn’t get too chaotic!

Once you’ve collected all the wallpapering supplies you'll need, you can start the pre-wallpapering room preparations!

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