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Before purchasing wallpaper, it is essential that you properly measure for wallpaper properly to ensure you do not over or under buy. This is especially important if you will be purchasing special-order wallpaper that cannot be returned or exchanged. In this article, we will explain step-by-step how to measure for wallpaper.
For best results, use a retractable measuring tape when you measure for wallpaper. A yard stick will prove difficult to use when measuring a large area, and may result in error.
How to measure for wallpaper border – If you plan on using a wallpaper border only, you are in luck! All wallpaper borders are packaged in 15′ bundles. Therefore, learning how to measure for wallpaper border is EASY. Simply measure your walls and up the measurements. Let’s say you have an 8 X 10 bathroom that you would like to wallpaper with border. Add 8 + 8 + 10 + 10 and you get 36 feet. You will have plenty of wallpaper border if you purchase three packages of border, as there are 45 feet of wallpaper border in those three packages. Save the leftover border for repairs, or use these 10 uses for leftover wallpaper.
How to measure for wallpaper – Learning how to measure for wallpaper itself is a little trickier. Don’t omit any of the steps listed below or you can end up with inaccurate measurements.
Measure the size of your room. Is your overall room size 10 X 12? 6 X 8? Whatever those measurements are, record them on paper.
Deduct empty space. Go around the room and deduct for any windows, door frames, cabinet space, or appliances.
Figure the height. What height will you be wallpapering? If you have standard size walls, and you will be wallpapering from top to bottom, you will be wallpapering 8′ walls. On the other hand, if you will only be wallpapering the bottom portion of your walls (typically 36″), you will only want to account for that height.
Width x Height. Multiply the width of the room you will be wallpaper by the height. This will give the total square footage that you have in the room. Again, mark this measurement down.
Allow for error and repeat. Virtually every roll of wallpaper will have a pattern repeat, which is where the pattern starts over again on the roll. To allow for this, and any errors you may make during installation, allow an additional 10% of the total square footage measurement.
QUICK NOTE – Wallpaper is packaged in double roll bolts, which contains approximately 56 square feet of wallpaper. The width of a standard roll of wallpaper is 27″, although some specialty wallpapers are wider. When learning how to measure for wallpaper, the width of the package should be taken into consideration.
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