Paper the ceiling cleanly - a guide

Papering the ceiling is not so easy. To stick the long sheets to the ceiling means a lot of exhausting overhead work - and sometimes the beautiful, new wall covering does not want to hold up so well. We explain how to get the wallpaper clean and tidy to the ceiling.

Good conditions for wallpapering create

When wallpapering ceilings you will benefit from a diligent helper who holds the sheets when attaching to the ceiling and presses them along. The wallpapering of walls, however, is easy to handle alone. But first treat the surface:

  • Thoroughly remove old wallpaper, soak it well in detergent water
  • remove crumbling plaster and other loose spots
  • Pre-treat water and nicotine stains so they do not break through
  • Fill the ceiling with care
  • Cover cracks with reinforcement fleece
  • Prime sanding, heavily absorbent and porous surfaces accordingly

In 5 steps to the ready wallpapered ceiling

  • wallpaper paste
  • water
  • wallpaper rolls
  • bucket
  • whisk
  • 2 stable stepladders
  • Trestle table
  • paste brush
  • metal rail
  • wallpaper knife
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • Chalk line
  • Rubber roller or wallpaper wiper
  • seam roller
  • broom

1. Apply paste

Apply the wallpaper paste according to the instructions for use. Add the powder to the water with stirring, allow to stand for a while and then beat vigorously.

2. Cut lengths of the appropriate length, glue

Cut the wallpaper strips to match (room length + 5-10 cm) and paste - depending on the type of wallpaper - either the back of the sheets or a work section of the ceiling.

Assemble the glued-in panels by folding them in from both sides, about 1/3 to ⅔. Let the material soak.

3. Align the first path exactly

Mark the course of the first wallpaper track at a continuous distance of 50 cm from the wall with a chalk line. In this way, you paper exactly straight, even if there are bumps in the adjacent wall.

4. Paper the ceiling

Fold the first sheet to one third and attach the outside edge to the line. The second person can hold the wallpaper up with the broom or standing on the second ladder.

Press the clean-lined wallpaper first with your hands, then with your wallpapering tool. Lightly mark the edge to the wall with the pencil and cut this page neatly with the scissors.

First glue the first third of the wallpaper, then fold the rest and glue it in the middle with a coarse broomstick. The fine work is done by the ladder.

5. Stick seams on joint

If the instructions for use of your wallpaper say otherwise, glue the strips on edge. Use a seam roller to evenly press the seams.

Tips & Tricks

Always wall the ceiling from the strongest natural light source (window) into the room.

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