How to Hang Wallcoverings

How to Hang Wallcoverings

These instructions will be helpful to those who are new to wallpapering.


Consider the roll size given on the label when buying wallcoverings of Slavyanski Wallpaper. All rolls have standard European sizes, the roll width being 0.53 or 1.06 m and roll length 10.05 or 15.00 m.

It is advisable to measure the perimeter of the room before buying wallpaper. The table given below factors in the average number of doors and windows in a room and may be very helpful to define how many wallpaper rolls you need. Please note: the table is based on a standard roll 0.53 x 10.06 m!

Perimeter, m Rolls quantity for the following wall height
  2,10 - 2,35 2,40 -3,05 3,10 - 4,00
6 3 4 5
10 5 7 9
12 6 8 11
15 8 10 14
18 9 12 17
20 10 14 19
24 12 16 23



Moderate light fastness Scrubbable Straight match
Good light fastness    
Highly abrasion-resistant Offset Match or Half Drop Match
Spongeable Duplex embossed Free match
  Washable  Paste the product  Reverse Alternate Lengths
Highly water resistant Paste the wall Direction of hanging


You will need some tools for wallpapering. You do not need to have any special skills or equipment, but you wont be able to renew your interior without these tools.

1. Bucket
2. Wide taping knife
3. Sponge, cleaning cloth
4. Sharp knife
5. Pencil
6. Brush or rubber roller for the smoothing wallpaper
7. Plumbline
8. Scissors
9. Meter-stick or
tape measure
10. Brush for pasting
11. Working surface (pasting table)

Now lets pace to wallpapering steps.


At first remove old wallpaper from the walls. To make it easier you can soak the paper.

If the walls are covered with dispersion paints, oil-based paints or varnish check if these materials are still durable. If not, you can peel off the old paint without any doubt you dont need it any more. If the paint is still good and it doesnt peel off, treat the wall surface with alkali solution. After that wash the wall with water, otherwise adhesives wont be effective and new wallpaper wont stick down properly.

If there are holes or cracks in the walls they must be repaired with filler and finished with plaster, after that the walls must be primed with solution adhesive. Make sure that the walls are dry, sound and clean before you start wallpapering. If youve done everything correctly you can proceed to the next step.


First check if all the rolls have the same batch number, pattern and colour tone. Add a 10 cm tolerance allowance to each strip length when cutting. Be careful when cutting wallpaper with pattern match! Remember to mark out and cut wallpaper in such a way that the pattern is aligned both horizontally and vertically with the wallpaper on either side. That means flowers match with flowers, leaves match with leaves. Its important to unwind the roll in the same direction.


It is advisable to buy a specialized wallpaper paste. To begin with mix it carefully and wait till it swells properly. After that apply the paste evenly to wallpaper strips. Fold the ends towards the centre, with a smaller fold to the bottom and a larger fold at the top and roll the length. Leave it for a five minutes rest so that the paste soaks. Note that all paper strips must be soaked for the same period of time!


Always start wallpapering near the window. At first mark a vertical line using a plumbline and a pencil and position the first wallpaper length to correspond the line then you are sure to hang all other lengths straightly. Leave a 5 cm allowance for trimming along the ceiling and floor line.

Smooth the wallpaper over to remove the air bubbles, moving from the centre to the edges in a herringbone pattern. That best tool for that would be a soft brush or a rubber roller. If necessary, apply some more paste to the joints. If there are paste spots on the face of wallpaper immediately remove them with a sponge, but be careful and dont scrub the surface. Cut the extra paper at the ceiling and floor with a sharp knife. 

  • Working with Paintable Wallpaper 

    We offer you a wide selection of paintable vinyl wallcoverings. These wallcoverings will help you get the desired surface texture and hide minor wall defects.

    The easiest and the most popular way to do decorative walls finishing is hanging paintable wallpapers which can be finished with water-dispersion paints.

    Colouring is the major benefit of this option. You can reveal your fantasy, forget about traditional design solutions and create a fully individual and one-of-a-kind interior. Moreover you can redecorate the surface whenever you want.

    It is worth noticing that final result depends heavily on how well the walls were wallpapered, so you need to do everything properly.

    Walls preparation is the first step of wallpapering. The walls surface must be clean and dry. Apply the paste to the walls and to the previously cut wallpaper lengths using a roller. Leave the pasted wallpaper for 7-10 minutes to rest, after that you can start wallpapering. Dont forget to smooth over the wallpaper and to remove the air bubbles with a rubber roller. Make sure that the walls are completely dry before starting to paint the surface. If the wallpaper is dry apply 1-2 layers of paint with a roller.

    * Please note: to ensure that the paint dries properly avoid strong cold or hot air flows in the room. Carefully read the instructions of the manufacturer.

    We recommend you to use different types of water-based, acrylic and latex paints, pigmental mordants. If you want the painted surfaces to retain their original colour and to create a cozy and homy ambience for years, consult a professional designer.

    Paintable wallcoverings offer a number of advantages.

    You can embody any idea of your individual design and choose any colour.

    You can add an imaginative touch with daring colour combinations when creating you dream interior.

    This wallpaper type is a universal and easy to use high technology material. 

    You can change your room by simply painting the walls with a new colour.

    Paintable wallpapers are breathable and facilitate moisture exchange.

    You can use water-dispersion, latex and acrylic paints and varnishes for redecorating your home.

    However there are still a lot of twist and turns of wallpapering. We present some of them to your attention.