How to Hang a Wallpaper Border

1-2 hours

Easily hang a wallpaper border over your existing wallpaper with a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive

Hanging Wall Paper Boarders

Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're installing a wallpaper border over existing wallpaper, you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.

This guide outlines the steps for prepping the surface and hanging the border over your existing wallpaper.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.