A Comprehensive Guide on How to Hang 3D Wallpaper
3D wallpaper is the perfect way to add depth and texture to your walls.
Whether you want to create a stunning feature wall or completely revamp your room’s design, 3D wallpaper offers a unique and eye-catching solution.
If you’re a keen DIYer ready to get your wallpaper on the wall, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of hanging 3D wallpaper, ensuring a flawless and professional-looking result.
Table of Contents
- What is 3D wallpaper?
- What tools do I need?
- Prepare the wall
- Draw your pencil guide
- Measure and cut wallpaper
- Hang your 3D wallpaper
- Trim edges
- Let the wallpaper dry
- Types of 3D wallpaper
What is 3D wallpaper?
3D wallpaper uses shading and patterns to look three-dimensional. It is a fun and creative way to add a new dimension or depth to the room.
Whether brick effect, geometric prints or jungle style, there are 3D wallpapers to suit any space.
What tools do I need?
- 3D wallpaper rolls
- Wallpaper adhesive or paste
- Wallpaper smoother
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape
- Large sponge or damp cloth
- Drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect the floor
Top Tip: Always check the batch numbers and condition of the wallpaper!
1. Prepare the wall
Before you start hanging your wallpaper, preparing your wall properly is essential.
- Remove any old wallpaper or fixings to keep the wall smooth.
- Repair any cracks, holes, or imperfections on the wall surface by filling them in and sanding them.
- Clean the wall surface to remove any dirt, dust, or grease to ensure the 3D wallpaper properly sticks to the wall.
- Use a mild detergent solution and a sponge to wash the wall and remove any residues.
Finally, protect the floor by laying down a drop cloth or plastic sheeting.
2. Draw your pencil guide
- Using a spirit level, draw a vertical line to use as a guide when you hang your 3D wallpaper.
- Draw the line a wallpaper width away from the corner and add a few centimetres over.
3. Measure and cut the wallpaper
- Measure the height and width of the wall using a measuring tape.
- Add a few inches to the measurements; this is the length you’ll want to cut your 3D wallpaper to allow for trimming the edges. Remember to consider the pattern.
- Use a utility knife to cut the wallpaper into strips according to your measurements. Make sure to cut straight lines.
- Mark the direction of the wallpaper on the back of the cut piece to ensure you hang the pattern in the right way.
- Apply wallpaper paste
Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific wallpaper adhesive or paste. Mix the adhesive or paste according to the instructions, if required, then paste the wall or paste the paper depending on the type recommended for your wallpaper.
Use a brush to paste the top and bottom edges of the wall, then use a roller to cover the area where you’ll be hanging your first strip.
Apply a thin, even layer of paste to the back of the first wallpaper strip using a brush or roller. Be sure to cover the entire surface and leave for soaking time if required.
5. Hang your 3D wallpaper
- Start at one end of the wall and carefully align the top edge of the wallpaper strip with the ceiling or the desired starting point and slowly smooth the wallpaper downward.
- Use a level to ensure the wallpaper is straight, then make any necessary adjustments by gently repositioning the strip.
- Once in the correct position, use a wallpaper brush to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.
Continue applying the adhesive and hanging the remaining wallpaper strips, aligning each strip with the edge of the previous one. Take care to match the pattern.
6. Trim the edges
- Once all the wallpaper strips are hung, use a sharp utility knife to trim off the excess wallpaper at the top and bottom edges.
- Gently press the wallpaper along the edges and seams to ensure it is firmly attached to the wall.
- Use a damp sponge or cloth to remove any excess paste from the wallpaper surface, skirting boards and ceiling. Be careful not to saturate the wallpaper.
7. Let the wallpaper dry
Leave your wallpaper to dry for at least 24-48 hours. Keep the room well-ventilated during the drying process.
Types of 3D wallpaper
Brick effect wallpaper
Brick effect 3D wallpaper has a great raised embossed texture, imitating the look of real brick. Available in various colours and styles, brick effect 3D wallpaper is perfect for creating an industrial or rustic style, ideal for home offices or living rooms.
Stone effect wallpaper
Detailed life-like stone 3D wallpapers are great for creating a weathered and rustic effect. Ideal for creating feature walls or decorating the whole room, stone effect 3D wallpapers imitates the look of real stone for a cheaper and easier way to achieve the natural stone look. Choose slate, cobblestone or 3D stone effect wallpaper for an impressive three-dimensional look.
Textured wallpapers can create various effects, such as crushed foil or geometric designs, adding dimension and depth to any wall for a truly mesmerising wallpaper.
The perfect way to make a bold statement, use them on a large wall area and make a fabulous feature wall.
Floral or jungle wallpaper
Floral or jungle wallpaper is sure to make a welcome addition to your home for a striking look. Featuring stunning 3D effect dense jungle-inspired wallpaper with trees and leaves that appear to come out of the wall, jungle and floral 3D wallpapers are a fun way to liven up your space.
Shop our selection of 3D wallpaper
Now you’re ready to start your project, choose the perfect 3D wallpaper to refresh your space.
Available in plenty of designs, from tropical to brick effect to geometric, find the perfect style to suit your home and bring your walls to life.