Choosing the Proper Wallpapering Tools
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 11, 2019)
Wallpapering a room, let alone an entire house, is a rather large project as most anyone can tell you. However, most people tend to make this project a whole lot more difficult then they need to by not choosing the proper wallpapering tools. There are all kinds of tools that you could choose from for a wallpapering task, and unfortunately not all tools are right for every job. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to help ensure that you are using the right kind of tools for your project.
- Measuring. One of the most basic needs for a wallpapering project is measuring. In fact, this need is so basic that it is what all the other tasks are based off of. Without proper measuring, you will not know the amount of materials that you need, where to place them, and so on. For smaller jobs (such as the typical living room or bedroom) you can often get away with using a simple tape measure, pencil, level, and straightedge. However, for larger rooms this may not work as well as you would like. For larger rooms (and even the smaller ones if you so wish) one of the basic tools that you should use is a laser level. This will allow you to create a level line for a large area all at once. There are also laser levels out on the market that will also do the measuring for you as well. This would make measuring a whole lot simpler than using a tape measure.
- Wallpaper preparation. In large part, the type of wallpaper preparation tools that you will need is going to depend on the type of wallpaper that you are using. If you are using pre-pasted wallpaper, then you will need to use things like a wallpaper table, wallpaper tray, and wallpaper scissors. For the more traditional types of wallpaper, you will need those tools and a few more such as paste brushes and paint rollers. These tools will allow you to apply the paste or adhesive necessary for wallpapering in a large batch.
- Finishing. Some of the finishing tools that you will need will depend in large part on the type of room that you will be working on. For example, if you happen to have more corners than you do rounded areas you will need a smoothing knife to get the wallpaper into those corners. For more open spaces and curved walls, you will want to use seam rollers. Another tool that you may want to consider is a smoothing brush. However, this one will depend on the type of wallpaper that you have. For more delicate wallpaper you should use a long bristled brush, while that won't be necessary for more robust types of wallpapers.
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