Installing wallpaper in your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to give it that pizzazz it's been missing. The question is: should you install it yourself or hire a pro?
Truth be told, wallpaper hanging doesn't have to be a nail-biting experience. With the right tools, a helper, and enough time and patience, you might just discover your hidden talent for wallpaper installation.
On the other hand, there may be times when it makes more sense to leave the work to the pros. Here's a quick comparison to help you decide.
Why Hire a Pro to Install Wallpaper?
Hanging wallpaper is a highly detailed process, and the pros have mastered this art.
For starters, they take care of prepping the room prior to hanging, such as removing outlet covers. They'll also handle taking all the measurements for your space to ensure they order enough wallpaper. This in itself can be a tedious process for newbie wallpaper hangers.
Also, if you're hanging wallpaper in a room with lots of odd workarounds, such as toilets, pedestal sinks, or multiple windows, a professional is usually the way to go. They're used to these challenges and can streamline the process without much guesswork.
Last but certainly not least, hiring a professional means not having to spend your own precious time on the project. You get all the results without doing any of the heavy lifting, and you can rest assured you'll enjoy a job well done.
The Case for DIY Wallpaper Hanging
There's something thrilling about investing your own time and sweat into home projects. Even if you've never hung wallpaper before, opting to DIY gives you a chance to learn something new.
If you decide to hang your own wallpaper, you'll need the wallpaper (of course!), adhesive, rollers, a smoothing tool, and a razor. You may want to invest in a few drop cloths or plastic coverings to avoid drips and spills on your floor, but it's actually not that messy.
The process itself is simple:
First, draw a test line to make sure your first sheet is level. Roll adhesive onto the wall, then start hanging your wallpaper panels from the top to the bottom.
Smooth out any bubbles with a smoothing tool. From there, you can use a razor to trim off the excess wallpaper for a crisp, clean edge.
Installing wallpaper seems a lot less daunting when you break it down into smaller steps.
As long as you have great tools and aren't rushing the process, you can be an expert DIY wallpaper installer after just one room.
Installing Wallpaper — Your Way
Perhaps you've heard your share of horror stories from homeowners who chose the DIY route: bubbles, uneven seams, or accidental tears can offset your project. Or maybe you recall that epic episode of "I Love Lucy" where she haphazardly hangs vertical-striped wallpaper and creates an accidentally dizzying effect.
The truth is there is no single best method of installing wallpaper. At US Wall Decor, we recommend doing whatever you're comfortable with and let the results speak for themselves.
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