How to Hang Prepasted Wallpaper for Beginners

If you have decided to go for a new look in your home, an easy way to generate that look is by adding wallpaper to one or all of your rooms.

This may sound like a tedious process, but it doesn't have to be. By using prepasted wallpaper, you will create less of a mess and have your new look in half the time as nonpasted wallpaper.

Use a measuring tape to measure the width and height of the walls you would like to wallpaper. Multiply the total width by the total height to get the square footage amount. Make a visit to your local wallpaper or paint store to purchase prepasted wallpaper that meets your measurement requirements. You can add a few extra feet to your measurements to allow room for potential mistakes. If you are placing your wallpaper in a room that has high humidity, such as a bathroom or kitchen, you should choose a vinyl wallpaper, which will help prevent mold and mildew from forming.

Fill your waterbox with lukewarm water.

Cut a small panel of wallpaper. The panel should be long enough to cover the entire height of a small section.

Roll the panel of wallpaper up working your way from the bottom of the paper to the top of the paper to form a "scroll." When forming the wallpaper scroll, the pattern should be facing inward. The prepasted side should be facing outward.

Place the rolled panel inside of the waterbox. Allow the panel to soak for about 10 minutes to activate the paste. The exact amount of time that the panel needs to soak will vary by wallpaper manufacturer so be sure to read the instructions for the exact timing of your specific brand. When the scroll is inside of the waterbox, it needs to be weighted down so that the entire panel is submersed underneath the water. You can use any object you choose to weight the paper down.

Remove the panel from the waterbox and unroll it.

Align the top edge of the wallpaper with the top edge of your wall or the top of the area you desire to wallpaper. Rub the wallpaper with the smoothing brush as you apply it to the wall. The smoothing brush will smooth out the paper to ensure there are no air pockets or wrinkles in the paper. Continue smoothing the wallpaper, working your way from top to bottom.

Repeat steps 2 through 7 until you have covered your entire wall with the paper.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Prepasted wallpaper
  • Waterbox
  • Water weight
  • Smoothing brush


  • When applying the panels, you should align the seams so that the pattern seems continuous and unbroken. For example, if the last panel cut off half of the flower, the next panel should include the other half of the flower. In order to match the seams, it may be necessary for you to slightly overlap some of the panels, which is fine.

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.