Hand-Trimming a High-End Paper

Digital ImageSome wallpapers, particularly the higher-end brands, come with the selvedge still on the edge, and this had to be hand-trimmed off.

You can do this two ways. One is to hang the strips of paper on the wall, and then double-cut (splice) them together. This gives an absolutely perfect seam, but you run the risk of cutting too deep and scoring the wall. (I put a strip of special plastic behind the seam while cutting, to prevent this.) Also, it’s pretty common for some of the manufacturer’s trim lines to end up showing.

The other method is to dry-trim the paper on the work table, using a straight edge and razor knife. That’s what I’m doing in this photo. The manufacturer puts “Trim” marks on the paper to act as guides. Or, what I did today way, find the match on the pattern, and then cut along an element of the design, making sure that the cut edges will match the pattern on the next strip.

This wallpaper is by Scalamandre.

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