Measuring and Preparing for New Wallpaper

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A Brief Guide to Measuring and Preparing for New Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a fantastic way to add texture and character to your room. With the vast choice of patterns, colors, and textures available with York wallpaper, you can easily add new elements into your home decor. However, as with most home improvement projects, it is a good idea to know what you are doing before you begin. So, here we’ll explore a brief guide to measuring and preparing for new wall coverings.

Preparing Your Walls

As with painting walls, it is crucial to prepare your surfaces so that the finished project will look its best. If you’re planning to paint some areas such as trim, joinery or ceilings, it is a good idea to do this work first to avoid damaging your new paper.

If your walls are already wallpapered, you will need to remove all the existing paper. To determine what type of wallpaper is on your walls, try removing a little without water. Peel and stick, or strippable paper will peel off in full sheets, while traditional paper will be more difficult to remove and it will come off in smaller pieces. Although you may need wallpaper remover to remove traditional paper, the other types of paper should be relatively easy to remove.

Once the wallpaper is removed, you should allow the walls a couple of days to completely dry. You can then sand the walls to remove any nubs, before dusting the walls. Any imperfections should be filled and ensure that the entire surface is smooth before you start to hang your new paper.

If your walls were painted, you will need to wash the surface using sugar soap before rinsing with clean water. Again sand the surface before removing any dust to create a smooth surface.

Measuring for New York Wall Coverings

The first step to measuring for your new York wallpaper, you will need to determine the square footage of your room. This is relatively simple; all you will need to do is measure the height and width of your walls. Multiple the total width of your walls by the total height to create the total square footage. For standard doorways, subtract 17 square feet from your total. Next, you will need to find the repeat pattern. This can be found on the product page for the specific York wallpaper. If the repeat is less than 12 inches, divide your square footage by 25, but if the repeat is larger, divide by 21. This will tell you how many single rolls of wallpaper you will need to purchase for your room. Just remember that if the figure is a partial figure, you will need to round up. For example, if your total comes out at 12.3, you will need to order 13 rolls.

If you are still struggling with measuring for your new York wall coverings, be sure to speak to us. We have access to wallpaper calculator tools to provide an accurate assessment of how many rolls you will need to purchase for your room.

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