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How to measure for ceiling paper :: Posted by: Admin on October 2nd, 2012

How to measure your ceiling for ceiling paper

You may have a ceiling that is badly cracked or maybe the ceiling may of already been papered, whatever the reason for wallpapering a ceiling you are going to need to know how much paper you need to buy. Most commonly ceilings are papered with a thick paper such as 1400 gauge lining paper, an embossed paper or Anaglypta paper. If your ceiling is cracked you will still need to fill the cracks and rub them down before papering otherwise they will show.

Measuring for ceiling paper

To measure for ceiling paper you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure for ceiling paper, measure the room at its longest point. Allow a little extra at each end for trimming. Write this figure on your notepad. Now measure the room at it’s widest point, again allow a little for trimming. Note this down.

You also will need to know the length of the roll of wallpaper you are going to use, typically in the UK a single length roll is 10.05 metres, if you buy a double or quad length roll then these are obviously longer. Make a note of the length or roll on your notepad. You also are going to want to know the width of the paper, this varies but typical values are 52 or 53 cm for wallpaper and 56 cm for lining paper check with the wallpaper supplier if you are not sure of length and width of a roll of paper.

Graphic of decorator measuring ceiling

Calculating how many rolls of wallpaper needed

Once you have measured the length and width of the ceiling you are going to wallpaper and have made a note of the length and width of the wallpaper you can now go and use this great ceiling wallpaper calculator to work out how many rolls of wallpaper you need. If you measure in feet and inches the calculator allows you to convert these measurements into metric.

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How to measure a room for wallpapering :: Posted by: Admin on June 1st, 2012

How to measure a room for wallpapering

If you are going to wallpaper a room, a feature wall, a hall, landing and stairs or even an entire house you will need some idea of how many rolls of wallpaper to buy. With the cost of wallpaper becoming more and more expensive and some shops only ordering in rolls rather than keeping stock you need to have a fairly good idea how many rolls of wallpaper you need. To do this you need to measure each room or area.

Measuring for wallpaper

To measure for wallpaper you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure a complete room for wallpaper, measure around the perimeter for the room, include all doors and windows if the paper goes over the top and /or under them. If you have a picture rail or if the paper does not go over the top of windows and doors only measure the papered area and note this down on your note pad.

Now you need to measure the height of the area to be papered, this may be from the skirting boards to the ceiling or coving / cornice, a picture rail or dado rail. Again make a note of this figure.
You can measure in either feet and inches or metric, it doesn’t matter.
Floor Plan Measure for wallpaper

Feature wall

If you are measuring for a feature wall the principle is the same as above except you only measure the one wall you wish to paper, again make a note of the measurements.

Hall, Landing, and stairs

If you are wallpapering a hallway or hall landing and stairs, again the principle is the same, just treat the upstairs and one room and the downstairs as another room, you can either add the measurements together of treat them as two separate measurements. For more details on measuring a hall, landing and stairs this post is a good resource.

Calculating how many rolls of wallpaper needed

Once you have measured the area you are going to wallpaper and have made a note of the perimeter and height you can now go and use this great wallpaper calculator to find out how many rolls of wallpaper you need. If you have measured in feet and inches the calculator allows you to convert these measurements into metric.

Watch this quick video to see how easy the wallpaper calculator is to use.

Lining paper

If you are going to line your walls with lining paper rather than wallpaper, measure the same way as described above and use the wallpaper calculator, this calculator allows for a standard roll of wallpaper (10.05m by 0.53m) and although lining paper tends to be wider at 0.56m the calculator will give you a guide number of rolls, and as lining paper is cheap if you end up with a roll over it doesn’t matter.

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Can I paint over lining paper? :: Posted by: Admin on May 9th, 2012

Painting lining paper

Can I paint over lining paper?

A popular search that often comes up is, “Can I paint over lining paper?” Many people are not sure what lining paper is meant for or how to use it. This post will hopefully answer any of your questions about lining paper and its uses.

What is lining paper meant for

Lining paper has always primarily been used to give a smooth base in which to wallpaper over, however, a few years back wallpaper wasn’t fashionable and plain emulsioned walls, were all the rage but people soon realised that their walls were not that perfect, hence why they had the woodchip or embossed anaglypta or highly pattered wallpaper they had on the walls. So, the answer was to line the walls before painting them with emulsion. So yes, you can paint over lining paper.

About ten years ago it was rare to hang wallpaper but very common to remove wallpaper and line the walls and emulsion them. Even though plain emulsioned walls are still very common today there has been a return to wallpaper in the last few years and wallpapered feature walls have become very common, this is partly fashion but also cost, as wallpaper can be very expensive.

Lining paper

If you wish to emulsion your walls rather than wallpaper them but the plasterwork isn’t wonderful you can hang lining paper and then emsulsion over it, just remember, lininig paper will not give you wonderful smooth walls that are blemish free, it isn’t the quick and easy fix. You still need to fill and prepair the walls before lining them and you may still see some lumps and bumps.

If this is the route you wish to take you need to know how to hang the lining paper.

To cross line or not?

Cross-lining is where the lining paper is hung horizontally rather the vertically like traditional wallpaper, normally if you are going to be emulsioning over the lining paper you could hang it as you would wallpaper, vertically.

Once you have hung the lining paper you need to allow it to fully dry before you emulsion over it, this will take normally between 12 – 24 hours depending on drying conditions.

Cost and budget

We are all budget conscious these days and have to budget for all expenses, decorating is no exception. The cost of wallpaper these days can make decorating a room expensive, lining your walls and emulsioniing them is a good alternative to paying out for wallpaper for the entire room, having a wallpapered feature wall can make a focal point in any room. The advantage of emulsioning your walls is that you can change the look and feel of a room fairly cheaply just buy buying another colour of emulsion, you can keep on trend with the colour of the year rather than the latest fashionable wallpaper trend.

Ware and tear if you have young children or pets may also sway your choice, if you pay £30 upwards for per roll of wallpaper and the kids decide to draw all over it you may not be best pleased! If they do it to an emulsioned wall you may not be best pleased still but it can be sorted out quickly and cheaply buy painting over it.

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