Hand-Trimming Wallpaper

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Two wallpapers I hung this week came untrimmed, with the unprinted selvedge edge still intact. This means that the paperhanger has to take a razor blade and a straightedge and trim off the selvedge, following trim marks from the manufacturer, or an element of the design.

It’s tedious and time-consuming, and you have to be mindful of what you are doing at all times, or risk getting a crooked cut, or a seam that won’t butt together properly.

Usually, it’s the higher-end papers that come untrimmed. Hmmm… you pay more for the paper, but the manufacturer puts in less work on his end. Hmmm.

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2 Responses to “Hand-Trimming Wallpaper”

  1. Robin Spear Says:

    I’ve been looking for instructions on how to install untrimmed wallpaper. Came upon your blog and instantly recognized my paper in your photo! Still not secure in hanging this myself. Wish I had know it was untrimmed before purchasing.

    • thewallpaperlady Says:

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for reading my blog.
      Yes, getting complete and accurate information from manufacturers can be frustrating. Some, like Schumacher, provide papers that are untrimmed, like this one, but also papers that come pre-trimmed. And they can print on all kinds of different substrates. The sales info, and even the manufacturer’s website, don’t always give you all the information you need.
      Hand-trimming is meticulous and precise and requires special (and expensive) equipment.
      And this paper was a really dilly to hang. I was not happy with it. Please read my other post about this paper before you tackle it yourself. https://wallpaperlady.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/9056/
      I would suggest investing in a professional installer to get this up.
      Of course, that is going to cost you more money, especially if he wants to line the walls first, which would be a good idea. You might consider buying a whole different paper that is less complicated, and then hanging it yourself. One of my clients is using something very similar in pattern and color, that you might like. It’s by a British company, there is the name Essence (don’t know if it’s the brand or the book or line), and a pattern number 2735-23307. It’s pre-trimmed, printed on a non-woven material, more tear-resistant than the Schumacher paper, and less prone to curling at the seams. It is also a paste-the-wall product.
      If you can’t find it by Googling, e-mail me and I can send you photos of the pattern and the wallpaper sample book.

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