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Hanging wallpaper around architrave
(door and window surrounds)

When working up to architrave:

Cutting around architrave Line up the length of wallpaper with the previous strip and allow it to overlap onto the architrave.

Brush the wallpaper to the wall but not too near to the architrave (this could tear the paper) - mark the position of the corner on the paper

Trim the wallpaper so that there is about 50mm (2 inches) of waste left overlapping the architrave vertically and horizontally.

Carefully cut at 45° across the waste to the corner mark.

Use the hanging brush to smooth the wallpaper into the vertical and horizontal edges of the architrave.

Draw the end of your closed scissors backwards along the line to crease the paper. Pull the paper away from the wall and use the scissors to cut off the surplus allowing about 3mm (1/8 inch) which can be turned around the corner onto the architrave to conceal any cracks there may be.

Trim the top and bottom of the length to meet the ceiling/skirting board after the wallpaper has been trimmed around the architrave.

Smooth back the wallpaper onto the wall using the hanging brush.

Carefully clean off any wallpaper paste from the architrave using a lightly dampened sponge.



When working away from architrave:

Wallpapering around architrave - second side A problem with working away from architrave is getting the length vertical, there is generally very little of the previous strip to use as a guide - the only option is to use a plumb line to establish a guide line for the full drop edge.

Measure the width of wallpaper and, at the top of the wall, measure from the previous piece of wallpaper the width plus 5mm.

From this mark on the wall as high as possible, suspend a plumb bob and use a pencil to mark the wall behind the line at several points, then use a straight edge to join the marks together with a pencil.

Line up the length of wallpaper with the previous strip at the top and allow it to overlap onto the architrave - adjust the position parallel with the vertical architrave using the marked plumb line on the other side as a guide.


Wallpapering around architrave - 'far side'Working from the 'outside edge', brush the wallpaper to the wall but not too near to the architrave (this could tear the paper).

Mark the position of the corner and trim the wallpaper so that there is about 50mm (2 inches) of waste left overlapping the architrave vertically and horizontally.

Carefully cut at 45° across the waste to the corner mark.

Use the hanging brush to smooth the wallpaper into the vertical and horizontal edges of the architrave.

Draw the end of your closed scissors backwards along the line to crease the paper. Pull the paper away from the wall and use the scissors to cut off the surplus allowing about 3mm (1/8 inch) which can be turned around the corner onto the architrave to conceal any cracks there may be.

Trim the top and bottom of the length to meet the ceiling/skirting board after the wallpaper has been trimmed around the architrave.

Smooth back the wallpaper onto the wall using the hanging brush.

Carefully clean off any wallpaper paste from the architrave using a lightly dampened sponge.