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Where's the best place to start?
It's not where you start, but where you end up that's important. As you work around the room, you will eventually reach a point where the pattern between two strips won't line up. This is called the mismatch. The idea is to hide the mismatch by putting it over a door, in a corner, or in some other less-visible spot. This takes some planning. To find out where your seams will fall, go around the room with a pencil, marking the width of the roll as you go.
What tools do I need to wallpaper?
Equip yourself with a long table or other large work surface, ladder, drop cloth, scissors, sponges, pencil, bucket, and utility knife (with plenty of extra blades). For prepasted paper, you'll need a water tray for soaking. For unpasted paper, you'll need the recommended paste, plus a paste brush or roller and tray for applying it.
What's the first step to hanging?
Cut a length of paper that's about 4-6 inches longer than the height of your wall. This extra length will give you some leeway for matching patterns. Apply adhesive to the strip according to the manufacturer's instructions or by immersing prepasted paper in water. This is where booking -- a crucial wallpapering step comes in.
What is booking?
Booking is a folding and resting process that lets the adhesive activate and the paper relax for easier handling. After you've applied the adhesive (or immersed prepasted paper in water), fold each end toward the middle, adhesive side in. Align the edges carefully so they do not dry out, and roll the folded strip loosely, as you would a newspaper. Don't crease it. Let it sit for the time recommended by the manufacturer.
Where should I hang the first piece?
Hang the first strip along the plumb line and allow it to overlap onto the ceiling and baseboard. With a smoothing brush or plastic smoother, remove any air bubbles and check that the wallpaper adheres to the wall. Do not use excessive pressure. Using a broad knife to crease and a razor knife to cut, trim excess paper from the top and bottom edges. Wipe off excess paste with a sponge. Be careful not to squish too much out of the sides. This will cause the edges to curl.
How do I hang it straight?
Draw a plumb line -- a straight, true vertical line -- at your starting point. A plumb line is essential to hanging your wall covering straight. To make one, draw a light vertical pencil line against a level, or use a plumb bob to make a chalk line. Align your first strip with the line.
How close do I put the next piece?
Edges should be tightly butted, not overlapped or puckered. Be sure to match the pattern from one piece to the next. Set seams with a seam roller using light pressure.
What about doors and windows?
Before wetting the paper, cut a rough opening for the door or window, leaving an extra 3 inches of paper on all sides. Wet the strip and hang it. Make diagonal cuts near the corners of the rough opening. Smooth around the frame, then trim. For outlets, turn off the electricity and remove covers. Position paper over the outlet and cut an X. Smooth paper into place. Trim flaps.