Some of our friends seem to be naturally gifted when it comes to sport, and others are a dab-hand at creating culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. And of course, we all know that certain someone who’s managed to refurbish their entire home almost single-handedly.
Our DIY-savvy pals really have got their heads screwed on though, because as well achieving the satisfaction of seeing their creations come to life, and keeping themselves fit and active - they’re saving themselves a tidy sum on professional fees too.
Luckily, thanks to our handy ‘How To’ guides, you can be equally as smug as your Do-it-Yourself friends, and achieve the same sense of satisfaction - without compromising on the end results.
In this blog, we look at how to hang wallpaper borders, in a simple step-by-step guide. And because we’ve got your back, we’ve provided you with details of all the stuff you’ll be needing to. Don’t worry ...you can thank us later.
First up, you need to decide whereabouts you are going to hang your border? Around the top of the room? At picture rail height or simply around the centre of your walls. Now measure, if no windows are in the way measure the entire perimeter of the room (don't forget to give yourself a little extra on the measurements to allow for any matching).
If you do have windows to take into consideration these can be removed from your calculations but do remember to leave yourself some allowance for any matching and to ensure you have enough to complete all sections without having to make a join in the middle of a section.
By now, you’ll have already seen our selection of lovely borders and picked out one that takes your fancy. Whilst your chosen border will have been manufactured by the same supplier, there may have been multiple print runs so each roll will contain a Lot/Batch Number. Here are Home Flair Decor we have a batch guarantee so all rolls within a single order will be from a single batch, if you require an additional roll in a subsequent order - simply add your existing batch details into the checkout comment box and we will do our best to send the same batch again.
Next up, you’ll need to establish if your border is ‘unpasted’, ‘self-adhesive’, or ‘paste-the-wall’. If it’s not self-adhesive, we highly recommend using an adhesive over traditional pastes. This is the only way to guarantee adhesion to painted walls or wallpaper, these surfaces coatings almost always have a vinyl content so try one of our (vinyl-to-vinyl) Bartoline Border and Overlap Adhesives in either 250g, 500g, or 1kg tubs which will cover one roll, up to three rolls and up to 6 rolls respectively .
If you’re applying your border onto a PAINTED wall, lightly sand the area upon which the border will sit. The slightly pitted surface will strengthen the bond between the adhesive and the border. (Just be sure you don’t sand beyond the perimeters of the border.)
Measure the length of the first wall or section, and cut a strip of border that’s around three inches longer. This will allow for a little bit of overlap on each end.
When it comes to cutting, we suggest you leave your kitchen and sewing scissors where they belong. For precision cutting, our Professional Soft Grip 11” Scissors and 9mm Snap Off Knives are a sound investment.
Top Tip: Cut the length for your longest wall first, and perhaps save your shortest wall sections until last. You can then minimise the chance of a mid-wall join.
Apply your adhesive to the back of the border and don’t be shy about slapping it on, just keep it off the face! For ease of handling, gently fold the border in a concertina style, making sure it doesn’t crease as you fold it back on itself. Converting the border into a smaller, accordion-style shape will also make it easier to transport it to your wall too.
The key here is to allow the adhesive to sink in for a few minutes and to expand before positioning it on the wall (check the roll label for the correct soaking time). If you are using a paste the wall border, you do not need to wait at all - these products are stable and will not react to the moisture from the adhesive.
To hang your border at the top of a wall, simply follow the ceiling line around the room, allowing at least an half-an-inch overlap at each of the corners.
If you’re applying a ‘chair rail border’ to the middle of a room, use our SupaTool Spirit Level, and a pencil to make a faint line around the room at the desired height before you start.
When it comes to bordering windows and door frames, be sure to overlap the corners by about two inches, as that'll help prevent the border from falling down later on. Then, cut through both strips at a 45° angle from the corner, taking care to remove any excess pieces. Use a clean, damp sponge to wipe away any adhesive that may have crept out.
Once you’ve secured the border in the desired position, smooth over with a wallpaper hanging brush, to ensure the removal of any air bubbles and the maximise contact with the wall or substrate. You now need to allow time for it to dry and bond with the wall. If you notice any excess adhesive as it dries, don’t panic! Simply use a damp sponge to remove it ASAP. If you are using a self-adhesive border extra care needs to be taken in regards to level and air bubbles, once it’s stuck down - it’s stuck!
Top Tip: Be careful not to adjust the positioning of the paper too dramatically as you’re smoothing out the bubbles, as it can stretch and become loose.
As with sport and baking, practice makes perfect, when it comes to learning a new DIY skill.
Delivery & Returns
Deliveries are made by Royal Mail or Courier (APC, DPD Local, Parcelforce & UPS) depending on the total volume and weight of items ordered. Deliveries should be expected within the hours of 8 am and 7 pm, a signature will be required for all courier dispatched items.
Not going to be at home? Have your order delivered to your business/work address if you do not think an adult will be available to accept and sign for your order.
Orders received over bank holidays or extended breaks will be shipped ASAP following the break, please expect a short delay in delivery. We are open during these times but our couriers and the postal service are not.
|SERVICE LEVEL||TIME||WALLPAPER / MIXED ORDERS||SMALL ORDERS||
|Standard Delivery||3-5 Working Days||£5.00||£5.00||-|
|Standard Delivery Extended*||3-5 Working Days||£12.50||£7.50||-|
|Standard Delivery Northern Ireland**||3-5 Working Days||£17.50||£7.50||-|
|Standard Delivery Ireland**||3-5 Working Days||£17.50||£10.00||£5.00|
*Selected postcodes are deemed to be extended or remote areas by our delivery partners, these areas may not get daily deliveries or require additional logistics to complete a delivery, see postcode list below.
AB30-38, AB44-56, BT (ALL), CA18-27, FK17-99, G83, HS1-9, IM ALL, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV40-56, IV63, KA27-28, KW ALL, LA15-23, PA20-49, PA60-78, PA80-88, PH14-26, PH30-44, PH49-50, TR21-25, ZE ALL.
If you see an extended delivery charge during checkout and your postcode is not listed here please contact us.
**Border Fees (surcharges) are now included in shipping prices to NI and the EU from all couriers, we are unable to subsidise this additional fee and as such this is included in the delivery charge shown.
Express delivery upgrades are available within the checkout once you have completed your address including county, these are a next business day service** (selected postcodes are a two day service including Northen Ireland and Republic of Ireland).
Any express order placed before 13:00 Monday to Friday will be prioritised for dispatched same day (excludes weekends, bank holidays and is always subject to stock) for delivery the following business day *. Express orders placed over a weekend will be dispatched on Monday for delivery Tuesday (if standard UK address).
Timed, Weekend Delivery or Named Day Delivery
Before 12 (AM), Weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and Named Day (Specified Day) delivery options are also available within checkout. The AM service will be delivered before 12:00, should you select a weekend day or the named day service, please specify within the comments box the preferred day or date for delivery and the order will be dispatched accordingly.
***Two day postcodes: AB31-35, AB41-54, AB36-38, AB55-56, BT (ALL) FK17-21, G83, GY9, HS1-9, IM (ALL), IV(ALL), KA27, KA28, KW0-14, PA20-78, PH15-18, PH19-29, PH32-33, PH45-48, PH30-31, PH34-44, PH49-99, ROI.
***Two to four day postcodes: KW15-17,ZE (ALL).
OUTSIDE THE UK - EU and Non-EU
Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland & Spain - We are now accepting orders to the following EU countries this is a flat rate per order based on sending one box with a maximum weight of up to 15kg. Should your order be too large or heavy, an additional payment will be required to cover the cost of delivery to you (all Non-UK orders should be completed via PayPal).
Although at this present time we do not concentrate on sending deliveries outside the UK, we will happily quote on this service. Please click on the Contact Us page and provide us with the items you would like, the quantity and the full delivery address required.
ABOUT YOUR ORDER
Once we have confirmed your order has been placed you will receive a confirmation email. If a product is out of stock we will email you advising you of a revised delivery date. There are occasions when we have to wait for a wallpaper to be printed and so there may be a delay, and this gives you the choice whether to wait or not. If their is a discrepancy with your order, please notify us within 3 working days. Should you wish to return your order, please email us in advance with your order details and reason for return. Please do not send returns back without contacting us first.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase from Home Flair Decor, you may return it within 28 days of ordering. It must be returned undamaged and in its original packaging with all roll labels for a full refund and postage will be at your cost. Please include a copy of your advice note / sales invoice or a note with your Order ID, with all options please include your reason for return. Please email [email protected] with details of any return before sending goods back.
If a product has been produced individually to your specification then there are no rights to return. This does not affect your statutory rights.
Products should be returned to: Returns Department, Home Flair Decor, Warehouse 1, 679 Eccles New Road, Salford, M50 1AY, United Kingdom. This address should be used for returns only. We do not accept returns on wallpaper samples.
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