How To Wallpaper Around Openings

Wallpapering a room can be a breeze, if you can do this in a systematic and organized way. You can actually wallpaper a room within half a day. If there are any challenges to wallpapering, however, one of them could be to wallpaper around openings in the room (particularly windows and doors). If you'd like to find out how to do this, here are the steps you'd need to remember:

  • Crease the wallpaper against the frame. Position the wallpaper on the wall, and butt it against the edge of the window frame. It's best to use a wallpaper brush so you could smooth the edge of the wallpaper against the frame. Make sure that you smooth out any air bubbles that forms, and that the wall covering is tight across the angle between the wall and the frame.
  • Cut off the wallpaper diagonally. Cut diagonally starting from the edge of the wallpaper strip overlapping the opening, going up to the upper outer corner of the opening's frame. You should do the same to the lower corner of the window frame (that is, you should cut from the edge of the wallpaper strip going down to the lower outer corner of the frame).
  • Cut off the excess wallpaper. Cut out the excess wallpaper from the edge of the window frame, but remember to leave about 1 inch. Cover the part of the window frame that isn't visible from the front view; this is the one that starts the elevation of the frame from the wall. Smooth out any air bubbles using the wall paper brush.
  • Trim off the wallpaper again. Once you have papered the edge of the wallpaper frame, you should cut off the excess once again. Remember, it's important that you cut off the excess in a very neat and precise manner so that no jagged or rough wallpaper edges could be seen. To help you, you could use a broad filing knife to hold the wallpaper against the frame firmly, then trim the excess using a craft knife.Here's another technique: you could place the sharp edge of the filing knife at the line that you want to trim off; then hold the craft knife against the sharp edge of the filing knife. This would help guide your craft knife along a straight line. 
  • Cover the area above the opening. Make sure that you select strips of the wallpaper that would continue the pattern of the surrounding wallpaper. Cover the area above the opening, and then trim off the excess (follow tips 3 and 4 again). Repeat this process to cover the area below the opening.
  • Continue papering the area next to the opening. Again, it's very important that you maintain the continuity of the wallpaper pattern. Adjust the wallpaper so that the design corresponds to the previous strip of paper. Butt the strip against the previous strip, and smooth out any air bubbles. Cut off the wallpaper diagonally, following the procedure described at step 2. Trim the excess, as described at steps 3 and 4. 

There you have it! These are the steps to wallpaper around openings in your room. Remember, it's very important that you be as precise and systematic as possible, for the best possible results.


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