How to Hang Unpasted Wallpaper like a Pro

The Best Method for Hanging Unpasted Wallpaper

There are many ways to hang unpasted wallpaper. At Tempaper & Co., we are sharing the best method for hanging our traditional wallpaper below.

What is Unpasted Wallpaper?

Unpasted wallpaper, also known as non pasted wallpaper, does not have a self-adhesive backing like peel and stick wallpaper does. This means that a wallpaper adhesive or paste is required to hang your unpasted wallpaper to its intended surface.

If you are wondering the best ways to install unpasted wallpaper in your space, we are sharing an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide for you.

While some may choose to hire a wallpaper installer, it is possible to hang unpasted wallpaper by yourself. Just follow these quick steps here.



What Do I Need to Hang Unpasted/Non-Pasted Wallpaper?

Tempaper & Co. Unpasted Wallpaper Tool Bundle Kit
Unpasted Wallpaper Tool Bundle

There are a few wallpaper tools and supplies required to make the process as simple and seamless as possible. Our recommended wallpaper supplies include:

  • Wallpaper adhesive (we recommend this one)
  • Paint roller
  • Precision knife
  • Straight edge
  • Sponge and bucket of clean water
  • Smoothing tool or brush
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Step stool
  • Drop cloth

You can find our unpasted wallpaper tool bundle here.

How to Hang Unpasted Wallpaper

First Step Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Clean Your Wall

Step 1: Prep

Once you’ve gathered your unpasted wallpaper tools, you will want to prep your walls or surface for installation.

Wipe away all debris with a damp cloth and make sure that your surface is as smooth as possible.

If there are any holes or bumpy areas, spackle and smooth out any rough areas before installation. Furthermore, we recommend removing any face plates or outlet covers.


Step 2 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Draw a plumb line

Step 2: Draw a Plumb Line

It’s important to draw a plumb line, which will act as a guide for your panel. Measure from the corner of the wall the width of the wallpaper minus ½ inch. Mark this spot with a pencil.

Next, place your level at the mark and create a straight, vertical line. This is your plumb line.

You will create a plumb line every time you reach a corner or start a new wall.


Step 3 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Measure and Cut your first panel

Step 3: Measure & Cut 

Measure the length of your first panel of wallpaper. It’s important to allow extra paper at the top and bottom for trimming. Using a precision knife, carefully cut your first strip of wallpaper. Continue to align and precut all of the panels you will need for application.


Step 4 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Paste Your Wall Girl rolling wallpaper paste on the wall for wallpaper application

Step 4: Paste The Wall

Using the paste-the-wall method, apply your wallpaper adhesive to your wall or surface using a paint roller. A paint roller ensure that the adhesive is applied thinly and evenly.

You will only need to cover a small area at a time, usually a little more than the width of your panel.


Step 5 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Apply your first panel with your plumb line

Step 5: Align Your First Panel

Press your wallpaper to the wall, aligning it with your plumb line. The adhesive should allow you to slide your panel into place and realign if needed.


Step 6 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Smooth Your Panels with a squeegee

Step 6: Smooth with a Squeegee

Once you have your paper in the right spot, smooth it into place with your smoothing tool or brush.


Step 7 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Repeat your steps aligning remaining panels

Step 7: Repeat steps 4-6 and align your remaining panels


Tip for Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Use a seam roller to seal your seams

TIPA seam roller is the perfect tool to ensure that your edges ae flat and that you won’t see any seams once the wallpaper is completely dry.


Step 8 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: Using a straight edge and precision knife, trim your panels

Step 8: Trim

Use your straight edge and precision knife to trim away any excess wallpaper at the bottom and top of your panel.


Step 9 Unpasted Wallpaper Application: wipe your walls with a sponge

Step 9: Wipe Your Wall

Wipe away any residue on your wallpaper with a damp sponge and clean water.


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