Proud girl holding up wallpaper for ceiling

How To Install Wallpaper On Ceiling

Installing wallpaper on a ceiling is not as difficult as you may think. All it takes is some patience and attention to detail. You should start by using a tape measure, pencil, straightedge, and hammer to mark the layout of your pattern onto the ceiling. Next, fill in any areas that will be covered with trim such as window sills or door frames with painter’s tape before installing any wallpaper up there.

We’ll walk you through a more detailed step by step process.

Steps To Installing Wallpaper On Ceiling

Marking the Layout

The first step is to mark the layout of your wallpaper on the ceiling. You can do this by using a level and a pencil to draw faint lines where you will be placing each strip of wallpaper. This will ensure that your wallpaper looks even when it’s finished.

Using A Tape Measure

When hanging wallpaper on a ceiling, it’s important to use a tape measure to get accurate measurements. You will need to know the length of the ceiling in order to cut the paper to the right length. The cut width is typically about an inch less than the height of the ceiling. This will leave a half-inch overlap at each end to allow for proper hanging and smoothing out wrinkles in the paper.

Filling In Areas With Trim

If you have a textured ceiling, it’s best to fill in the areas around the wallpaper with trim. This will give your ceiling a more finished look and help to avoid any bumps or lumps in the wallpaper. You can use either wood or plastic trim, depending on what type of finish you want. Just measure the area that needs to be filled and cut the trim to size. Then, using a paint brush or roller, apply a coat of adhesive to the back of the trim and press it into place.

Applying Adhesive

Put some adhesive on a roller and begin at one corner of your wall. Slowly roll out to the other end, applying pressure with each pass. If you feel like there is not enough pressure being applied then add more adhesive or just keep going over it until you can get rid of all bubbles in between paper and ceiling. Some brands recommend letting it sit for 24 hours before hanging wallpaper.

The best way to begin is with a clean ceiling that has been well prepared and primed if needed. You can find rollers made specifically for applying adhesives, but any roller will do the trick so long as you ensure your paper comes off of it easily when completed.

Unrolling The Wallpaper

When preparing to wallpaper the ceiling, it’s important to begin by unrolling the paper onto the floor. The roll should be unwrapped completely with no wrinkles in order for you to determine whether or not there are any creases that need ironing out. If they are present, then carefully steam them out using an iron set on low heat, making sure to avoid getting the wallpaper wet.

After the paper is smooth, cut off any excess using a sharp blade or scissors so that it hangs evenly from the ceiling. It’s best to start in one corner and work your way across and down; this will help ensure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles.

Smoothing It Out

If you have a smooth surface, such as wallpaper or paint on the ceiling, it will be easier to apply your new wall covering. In spite of this fact, there are still some tricks that can help make installation much smoother and faster as well as keeping any bubbles from popping up out of nowhere! You should always start at one corner and work your way out, making sure the wallpaper is smooth as you apply it.

This may seem like a no-brainer to some people, but if your surface has any bumps or ridges in it, it will be nearly impossible to get a good result.

Trimming The Excess Paper

Once you have the wallpaper positioned how you want it on the ceiling, use a sharp blade to trim away any excess paper. Be careful not to cut yourself in the process! If there are any bubbles or wrinkles in the wallpaper, you can gently push them out with your fingers. Once everything is trimmed and smoothed out, it’s time to affix the wallpaper to the ceiling.

Applying The Wallpaper

There are several ways you can affix wallpaper to a ceiling: with paste, water, or adhesive spray. If you’re using a paste, mix it according to the manufacturer’s instructions and apply it to the back of the wallpaper in a thin layer. Be sure to avoid getting the paste on the front of the wallpaper, as it will be visible once it’s up.

If you’re using water or adhesive spray, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. In most cases, you’ll need to apply a thin layer to both the back and front of the wallpaper, wait for it to become tacky, and then apply it to the ceiling.

These methods are all valid, but they don’t produce exactly the same result with every wallpaper style. If you’re using heavy-duty paper or vinyl rather than lightweight material, your method of choice might not work as well.

Cleaning Up Excess Adhesive

Wallpaper may not come off easily from the ceiling. In such cases, you’ll need to use an adhesive remover. If there is excess adhesive stuck on your wall, it can be removed with a rubber-backed tool and mineral spirits or another solvent approved for wallpaper removal by the manufacturer of the paper itself. You should test this in a small inconspicuous area before applying it.

Bottom Line

You may have attempted to install wallpaper on your ceiling, but it’s likely that you ran into some problems. Fear not! You are not alone in this struggle and the good news is there are ways to get around these difficulties. The methods detailed above should help with any issues related to the installation or cleanup of excess adhesive. If all else fails, contact a professional who can recommend the best approach for your specific situation. When done right, putting up wallpaper on ceilings will be an easy DIY project!