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How to apply pre-pasted wallpaper

Discover how to apply pre-pasted wallpaper with our helpful 10 step installation guide.

Step 1

Prep the wall

Step 2

Gather your supplies


Cut the wallpaper strips


Mark your starting point

Step 5

Activate the paste

Step 6

Book the wallpaper

Step 7

Position the first strip

Step 8

Apply and smooth the wallpaper

Step 9

Trim the edges

Step 10

Apply the remaining strips

How to apply pre-pasted wallpaper

Activate this paper with a quick dip in water—no paste needed! Pre-pasted wallpaper is easy to apply and easier to remove (but you won’t want to).

Frequently asked questions

It's important to "book" each strip of wallpaper before applying it to the wall. Booking is simply folding the paper onto itself, pasted side to pasted side, and then gently rolling it like a newspaper, being careful not to crease the folds. Allow the paper to sit like this for approximately 1 minute.

Booking ensures that all the paste is activated, which prevents air bubbles from forming while drying. Booking also gives each strip time to relax to its final size so it can be hung properly without shrinkage and visible seams once it dries.

The best way to get an accurate color match to your wallpaper is to bring in a swatch from your actual rolls to a paint store for the color match. This will provide an exact match between your wallpaper and paint.

Check out our resource library to learn the advanced wallpapering techniques of papering around electrical sockets, thermostats, and wallpapering light switch plates.

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Traditional wallpaper

Our traditional wallpapers are hand screen printed in Chicago on America-made paper. These papers have a hand-painted look and texture and we offer the most pattern and color options in this material. These papers work in nearly any application.

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Peel and stick wallpaper

Our peel and stick wallpapers are digitally printed. These papers have an adhesive backing that does not require any kind of paste to install and can be removed and reused as needed. Peel and stick wallpaper is great for kids' spaces, dorms, rentals, or any other temporary installation.

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Sonoma in Indigo wallpaper

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