No Problem for Experts

With modern non-woven wallpaper, whether ready-designed or paintable, a ceiling can also be neatly wallpapered without extensive effort.


The ceiling is the largest visible area in the room. Thus, when streaks of light hit it, flaws in the underlying surface are especially evident. While it is true that modern non-woven wallpapers compensate for many a flaw, the ceiling is a spot where you should not skimp on careful preparation. If possible, the ceiling is wallpapered in the direction of the light. This makes the seams as invisible as possible. If two people work on the ceiling together, the wallpaper task is not difficult.

First, a parallel starting line is drawn with a chalk line. At the standard width of 53 cm, the line should have a distance of 51 cm to the wall. The first wallpaper strip, cut to the length of the ceiling, is positioned along the marked line and pressed into place with the foam rubber roller. Since it is about 2 cm wider than the drawn space, the wallpaper strip will run somewhat around the corner, thus evening out any irregularities between ceiling and wall. The excess strip is cut back with the smoothing spatula and utility knife.

All other strips are positioned edge to edge, and the seam is pressed on by hand or with a conical seam roller. When paper wallpaper is pasted to large, long ceilings, the strips may become distorted. It is best to have two people working to paste the paper and operating as quickly as possible. While one person positions the strip to the wallpaper edge, the other makes sure they are parallel. In order to stress paper wallcoverings as little as pos- sible, they are folded accordion-style, and only as much as is needed at one time is unfolded.

Images & text courtesy of AS Creations, Wallpaper 1×1 – A Textbook For Craftsmen and Those Who Wish To Be