Project Guide

How to Hang a Wallpaper Border

1
PREP SURFACE AREA
Prep surface area - Hanging Wall Paper Boarders
  • Using the width of the border as a guide, prime the wall or surface area where you plan to install the border. 
  • Plan your starting point so that if there is a mismatched seam, it'll fall in an inconspicuous place. If you're going to be hanging a border as a chair rail, use a level and draw a light pencil line around the room at the right height.
2
HANG FIRST STRIP AT CORNER
Hang first strip corner - Hanging Wall Paper Boarders
  • Begin by hanging the first strip at a corner, overlapping the border onto the adjacent wall about ¼ inch.
  • Have a helper hold the border while you hang it and smooth it with the smoothing brush.
3
HOW TO INSTALL IF SEAMS FALL IN MIDDLE OF WALL
If seams fall in middle - Hanging Wall Paper Boarders

If the seam falls in the middle of the wall, overlap the border strips so that the patterns match, then cut through both layers with a utility knife. Remove the cut ends and then press the border flat with the smoothing brush.

4
MAKE BORDER FLUSH WITH WALLPAPER
Make border flush wallpaper - Hanging Wall Paper Boarders
  • Overlap the border onto the wallpaper. 
  • Use a straightedge and razor to cut through the underlying wallpaper along the border's edge.
5
PULL UP BORDER AND REMOVE THE CUT WALLPAPER
Border remove cut wallpaper - Hanging Wall Paper Boarders

Press the border flat with your hand and finish the border with a smoothing brush.