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I want to know how to hang wallpaper around a window

Updated July 20, 2017

Hanging wallpaper around windows can be tricky, especially if your wallpaper has a pattern to match. To be able to wallpaper around a window, hang the wallpaper over the window, then cut the window opening out. Since there are many types of wallpapers, follow the wallpapers manufacturer's instructions for attaching the wallpaper and smoothing it to the wall.

Hang a drop of wallpaper over the right side of the window. Leave 2 to 3 inches of wallpaper hanging over the floor and ceiling trim and cut away any excess with scissors. Starting from the middle of the window, cut an angle to each of the window's corners with scissors.

Press the wallpaper onto the wall and into the corners of the window trim, using a smoother. Cut away excess wallpaper from around the window trim with a straight edge and a razor knife. Remove the excess paper from around rounded window trim by fringing the wallpaper around the curve with scissors, then cut the fringes away with a razor knife.

Hang a drop of wallpaper over the left side of the window and match up the wallpaper pattern. Leave 2 to 3 inches of wallpaper hanging over the floor trim and cut away any excess. Starting from the middle of the window, cut an angle to each of the window's corners with scissors.

Press the wallpaper onto the wall and into the corners of the window trim, using a smoother. Cut away excess wallpaper from around the left side of the window trim with a straight edge and a razor knife. Remove the excess paper from around any rounded window trim by fringing the wallpaper around the curve with scissors, then cutting the fringes away with a razor knife.

Remove any adhesives from the work area with a damp sponge. Line up the next drop of wallpaper with the wallpaper on the left of the window and continue wallpapering, checking that the patterns match. Roll the seam tight with a seam roller.

Warning

Turn off the power in the room you are wallpapering to prevent from being electrocuted when working around outlets. Use caution when working with razor knives.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Smoother
  • Straight edge
  • Razor knife
  • Sponge
  • Seam roller
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Rachelle Proulx has been writing since 2000. She co-owns a pet-sitting company, providing her the experience to cover pet care and small business. Proulx is also a flooring specialist who writes about flooring options, preparation, application and maintenance.