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Tips for ordering wallpaper

Posted by Adrian
November 10th, 2008

Grpahic of wallpaper being appliedWhen you have used our calculator to work out how many rolls of wallpaper you need for you room there are a few more things to remember.

  1. Think about the area in which the paper is going, do you need a heavy-duty paper, washable?
  2. Would having a blown vinyl paper not be a good idea if a cat or dog may scratch at it? Or if the kids damage it?
  3. Do you want a textured finish or smooth, textured and coloured or smooth then painted over such as lining paper?
  4. Ensure all the rolls have the same batch number and colour code on, except papers such as lining paper.
  5. Ensure you have allowed extra rolls for wastage and large repeated patterns (sometimes you only get 3 drops out of a roll rather than 4).
  6. Remember the paste! And get the right paste for the job; does it need to be a ready mixed heavy-duty paste?

To check for the wallpaper symbols you should be looking out for, check out our wallpaper symbols page.

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3 Responses to “Tips for ordering wallpaper”

  1. Dawn Says:

    Great tips. And the calculator is a very handy idea, I will be back to use that some time. Like the picture of the wallpaper too 🙂

    Date posted : December 2nd, 2008 at 8:23 pm
  2. Carol Says:

    Hi there,

    I have a feature wall project but the wall is an odd shape. The bedroom is part of the roof of the house so has a slant
    down the left side of the wall (I have a photo but no way of sharing on this message)

    Diminsions of the wall are L 2m x 4m W

    Wallpaper is L 10.5m x 52cm W (64cm half drop)

    How many rolls would I need?

    Many thanks,


    Date posted : August 25th, 2014 at 11:31 am
  3. Adrian Says:


    Not seeing the wall, I would think 2-3 rolls depending on pattern repeat etc.

    We have a wallpaper calculator if you wish to work this out.

    We also have other calculators for tiles and paint.

    Date posted : August 30th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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