A Step-by-Step Guide to Wallpapering A Small Bathroom

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Although some may have once considered wallpaper to be outdated, it’s making a remarkable comeback today. Thanks to technological advancements, we now have access to more stylish, elegant, and versatile wallpaper options than ever before. The best part is that today’s wallpapers are designed for easy DIY installation, eliminating the need to hire a professional. Among the spaces where wallpaper works wonders is the bathroom. Below, you’ll find information on how to hang wallpaper in a small bathroom.

Enhancing the aesthetics of your small bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank, considering the limited space. The time and effort invested will undoubtedly pay off since the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. Hanging wallpaper is an excellent way to give your bathroom a decorative refresh and a brand-new look. Without further ado, let’s dive into it. Here are some tips, or you could call them steps, on how to hang wallpaper in a small bathroom.

How to Hang Wallpaper in a Small Bathroom – 7 Tips

1. Choose the Ideal Wallpaper for Your Small Bathroom

Bathroom wallpaper comes in various types, depending on personal preference and critical factors like quality, texture, and the bathroom’s conditions. For a steamy bathroom, opt for heat and water-resistant wallpaper. Look for options that are easy to wipe, clean, and maintain. Consider color and print; lighter shades can create the illusion of a larger space in a small bathroom.

2. Have the Required Tools

Every task has its specific tools. To successfully hang wallpaper in a small bathroom, gather the following:

  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper primer
  • Utility knife
  • Putty knife
  • Bucket or trough
  • Wallpaper brush
  • Sponge

3. Prepare the Walls

Clean the walls thoroughly, removing any toothpaste splatters or stains. Remove fixtures such as mirrors, wall lights, nails, and screws. Fill holes with patching plaster using your putty knife. Apply primer to the walls using a roller and brush to ensure proper wallpaper adhesion.

4. Measuring

Precision is key for perfectly hung wallpaper. Measure your walls from ceiling to floor or above the baseboard. Transfer these measurements to the wallpaper, adding an inch at the top for allowance. Mark a vertical plumb line on the wall; this will serve as your starting point and guide, as most walls are not perfectly square.

5. Actual Wallpaper Hanging

Fill a trough with water (you can use the bathtub since you’re in the bathroom). Submerge the wallpaper following the manufacturer’s instructions and recommended soak time. Once ready, unfold the wallpaper and firmly press the first piece onto the wall. The adhesive paste allows some shifting for proper placement. Use a wallpaper brush to remove bubbles and creases and to ensure even application. While doing this, trim excess paper in corners, at the ceiling, and along baseboards.

6. Caution

When working with wet wallpaper, you may encounter electric outlets and switches. Always ensure the power is turned off at the junction box, especially when smoothing the paper.

7. Keep Your Bath Ventilated

To prolong the life of your wallpaper, maintain good bathroom ventilation. This helps eliminate excess humidity and damp air, which can accelerate wallpaper aging. You can also add 20 percent dispersion adhesive to the wallpaper paste to enhance adhesive strength. Note that dispersion adhesive may require slightly longer drying times.

By following these steps, you can transform your small bathroom with elegant wallpaper, creating a fresh and inviting space for yourself and your guests.

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