How to wallpaper around door and window frames

Updated April 17, 2017

Would you like to apply wallpaper to your walls but get too afraid of a sticky situation around the window framing and door framing areas? The secret is that it takes some working of the paper and a few precision cuts to place it around the edges where you want it. Of course we all want the job to look professional without having to pay the professional price. Forget the idea of hiring a contractor, here’s the best way to wallpaper around your windows and doorframes.

Prime the walls with an oil-based primer. Let this dry. Paint on wall sizing before putting any wallpaper on. This will help the paper stick better. Measure and cut a piece for the wall just like you would normally. Brush the paste onto the back. Before applying any paper, check to make sure you are putting the paper pattern on in the right direction.

Apply the wallpaper to the top of the wall. When you get down to the window or door frame, take a pair of scissors to cut the paper with. You will cut an opening toward the corners of the window and along the sides of the frame. Do not cut past the frame.

Press the top of the paper onto the wall and along the frame. Brush as much of the paper onto the wall as possible. Use your putty knife to further press the paper into the creases of the frame.

Cut the paper at the crease with your utility knife, using your putty knife as a guide. Start around the corners, saving your sides for last. Cut the corners and all along the edges. You can use this technique for window and door frames alike.

Continue brushing with the wallpaper brush and tucking with the putty knife, always toward the frame.


For objects that stick out from the wall further such as a windowsill, make a cut above and below the sill, stopping before you reach the end of the sill. A utility knife will help you make smaller cuts where necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper
  • Stepladder
  • Sponge
  • Tape measure
  • Paint brush and roller
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Wallpapering brush
  • Wallpapering roller
  • Oil base primer
  • Wall sizing
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Brush for paste
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