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Posted by Adrian
October 15th, 2012
Wallpapering around an arch or round window
Wallpapering can be tricky for many people but they are willing to have a go, but wallpapering around an arch or a round window often confuses people and puts them off tackling the job and can be too much for the casual DIYer. Knowing how to tackle it is the key and then the job isn’t so hard after all.
Wallpapering an archway
Archways are often used as a way of joining two room together and to add interest to a room, they can be single door width or double or span an entire rooms width, whichever you have the principle of wallpapering the archway is the same.
If you know how to wallpaper a straight wall your halfway there. You would start to wallpaper as you normally would, from a corner. Once you come to the arch you hang the sheet on the face of the arch and then cut the paper that isn’t on the wall toward the corner edge of the arch, do this in small strips of around 1-2 centimetres and stick these to the underside of the arch.
Continue wallpapering the face of the arch and cutting strips and sticking to the underside of the arch until you have completed the arch, now you need to trim the pieces that go under the arch so that they are all an even length, this is done as the strips of paper under the arch will show through the infill paper when it dries so make them as neat as you can.
Assuming you are papering both sides of the arch you would do the same both sides. Now both sides are papered and the strips are cut to an even length you need to fill in under the arch. Measure the width of the arch and cut your length of paper to that width, you fill in length will start at the top of the arch going to the floor if it’s a pattern paper or if it’s a plain paper you could paper the arch itself in one length. Apply vinyl to vinyl adhesive around the edge of the inner arch to ensure the infill section of paper doesn’t start to come away.
If you are only papering one side of the arch you would do as described above but without papering the other side and the infill piece can be cut slightly wider than the arch and trimmed on the non papered side.
Wallpapering around a round window
If you have a round window the principle in the same as wallpapering an archway except you have to go all around the window cutting the paper and then trim the pieces in the reveal, again you can paper the infill using one or two lengths.