How to put wallpaper: practical step-by-step to apply

The wallpaper has become an interesting alternative for those who want to decorate a room in the house or even the whole space.

The advantage is that you can invest in themes that can be changed whenever you want - for example, the baby's room can get a new decoration when the child grows - in a super fast and practical way.

So if you are thinking about putting wallpaper in some space in your home, check out these tips that will make the task easier:

Wallpaper Benefits

Environment with wallpaper

There are three main benefits of opting for wallpaper rather than painting:

1. Practicality of application

You can do this yourself, without the need to hire a professional.

2. Low cost

The footage of the wallpaper is usually much cheaper than buying a brass of paint and all the materials needed for painting (in which case you probably need to hire a professional).

3. Greater variety

Choice of prints is what we do not miss when we talk about wallpaper. So much so that you can choose to use a style in each room of the house and create a super comfortable and fun environment.

Moreover, it is not just the prints that have variety. There are many textures and color choices as well.

Types of wallpaper

The wallpapers do not have variety only in colors, prints and textures. They are also made of different materials and it is interesting that you know which are the most used when choosing a wallpaper for your home:


Ideal for environments that receive enough sunlight and suffer from moisture. That's because this wallpaper is resistant to both problems and will last longer on your wall.

It is also easy to clean, allowing you to bet on washing the walls of the house without losing the quality of the wallpaper.


The traditional wallpaper is made of cellulose. Which means to say that it is more fragile, since it is really made of paper.

It is interesting to be applied in places that do not suffer from moisture, usually the driest spaces in the house, far from laundries and bathrooms.

Because it is more fragile, it requires more care to last longer. Cleaning, for example, can be done with the help of vacuum cleaners and at most a slightly damp cloth.


TNT wallpapers resemble a fabric. It is also indicated for drier environments, since in humid environments it may come to be mocked.

Cleaning is done with the aid of detergent and it is interesting that the wallpaper is in a place that receives more light to prevent it from getting wet after cleaning.


Besides the composition of the wallpapers there is also the question of being stickers or need glue to adhere to the wall.

The stickers come with adhesive and are indicated for those who do not have as much practice in the application or do not want to spend also with the glue.

With glue

Wallpapers that need glue to stick to the wall will require a little more practice and care in the application.

In addition, you will have to include in your costs the glue for wallpaper.

Materials required for installation

Installing Wallpaper

In addition to the wallpaper, you will need other materials to carry out the application and ensure the good fixation of the product. Among them are:

  • Glue if you have opted for a wallpaper that is not a sticker;
  • Pot to dilute the glue;
  • Ladder for application in the highest places;
  • Trena;
  • Paint roller and brush;
  • Scissors and stylus for cutting the wallpaper;
  • Spatula to leave the wallpaper smooth and without bubbles of glue or air;
  • Cloth and sponge to wipe fingerprints after application; If the wallpaper is traditional only opt for the slightly damp cloth.

Step by step for wallpaper application

With all the materials in hand, it's time to install the wallpaper. Follow this step-by-step guide to getting an overview of the wallpaper application in your home:

1. Leave the wall level

Sandpaper on the wall

The entire wall area should be the same, with no differences. Then level before applying. Gypsum or running dough should help with this task.

2. Solve any problem

Before making the application, tape holes, sand the wall to remove paint textures and resolve any type of seepage.

3. Spend an ink coat

Wallpaper Painting

It is not interesting to apply the wallpaper directly to the plaster or to the running dough, as pieces of powder can stick to the material. Pass at least one coat of paint, which may be white.

4. Measure the area in which to install the wallpaper

Measure the wallpaper

If you put the wallpaper in the whole space, floor to ceiling, calculate this measure.

In addition, when finding windows, outlets and switches you should mark this measurement as you will need to cut the paper and then resume the application after these elements.

5. Cut the wallpaper according to the desired height

Trim the wallpaper

For non-embossed wallpapers, give a clearance of 5cm on top and 5cm on bottom, ie 10cm more than the calculated height.

Now if the idea is to apply stamped or detailed wallpaper, you have to make the prints fit. The tip is to always calculate 10% more paper than the height value.

For example, if the calculated space for application is 1 meter, you should cut 1.10 meters of wallpaper.

Use scissors for this task.

6. Pass the glue on the wallpaper

Glue on wallpaper

With the help of a paint roller, pass the glue on the wallpaper. To facilitate the application you can use a container recommended for wall painting to place the glue.

If you have opted for wall sticker, you can skip this step.

7. Apply the paper to the wall

Wallpaper application

At this point you will need the ladder as the application starts from top to bottom. Insert the paper in the upper corner and then smooth it with the aid of a brush or your own hands.

At this point the idea is to make sure the paper fits on the wall, so do not be surprised if a few bubbles remain, they will disappear naturally in a few days.

8. Cut the leftovers

The scraps of paper are cut with the help of a spatula and the stylus. The idea is for the spatula to help you cut right what's left of the paper.

9. Trim out sockets and switches

You can schedule the paper to go to the outlet and then continue past it, cutting a thinner strip for application.

But if you choose to place the full paper at the height of the wall, cut with the help of the stylus while sticking the paper.

You can also mark on the paper itself, where the switch or plug is located and cut out before passing the glue.

10. Clean up the amendments

To clean the seams it is recommended to use only a damp cloth, in the case of traditional TNT wallpapers. For those of vinyl you can also count on the help of a sponge.

Avoid rubbing. The idea is to just take off the fingerprints and the excess glue.

Explanatory video to apply the wallpaper

Know the step by step prepared by the Tá De Quê channel to apply the wallpaper in your house:

Now that you already know how you can apply wallpaper, head to toe? Tell us the results!

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