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Wallpapering tips with Ben

Welcome to A.S. Create

It's me, Ben from A.S. Create - the wallpaper studio of A.S. Création.


You want to wallpaper and are faced with the question of what to look out for?
What preparations need to be made and how do you know how many wallpapers you need for your wall? How do you cut your pattern wallpaper and what is actually a repeat?


No problem, in the following sections and in our video I will show you how easy wallpapering is today.



Determine roll requirements
Mix paste
Cutting wallpaper strips to size
Rapport & Offset
Wallpapering photowallpaper

Wallpapering is basically quite simple. The only important thing is that the selected wall is prepared accordingly.


It must be clean, smooth, neutral in colour and absorbent.
To achieve a well-prepared wall, unevenness should be removed with fine sandpaper. Any holes should be filled with putty. With a bright light source, unevenness can be better detected.


Depending on the substrate, it is advisable to pre-paint the wall with a white-pigmented wallpaper primer. This is necessary in any case for a new building. It ensures the perfect absorbency of the wall and supports the adhesion of the paste. The wallpaper primer is applied to the wall over a large area with our lambskin roller. This is very easy and quick.


Further information on substrate analysis and substrate preparation can be found on the following sub-pages:



Once all the preparations for the substrate have been completed, you can measure your wall and calculate the number of rolls required.


For this calculation, with standard size wallpaper rolls (0.53 m x 10.05 m), follow the steps described below.


First, measure the height of the wall and add 0.05 m to it. Then measure the length of the wall. Multiply the height of the wall by the length of the wall. Divide the result by 5.


You have calculated the number of rolls needed.


When choosing paste, pay attention to the exact specifications of the manufacturer and the corresponding wallpaper type.

In our example we use a fleece paste.


The paste must always be free of lumps for application so that no unevenness remains on the wall. Use a round bucket and a stirring rod for mixing.
The cold water should already be moving when the paste powder is slowly added.



The next step is to cut the wallpaper strips to size.


To do this, get the cutter knife and the trimming ruler ready and cut the strips to size, ideally on a wallpapering table.


Before cutting the first strips, it is important to know what pattern offset the wallpaper has.

The said offset is indicated on the insert for each wallpaper.


The length of the wallpaper strip that you have determined for your wall is divided by the specified repeat. The result is rounded up and corresponds to the number of pattern repeats per panel.


The number of pattern repeats times the repeat length tells you how long a web is including the waste.



Rapport refers to the length of the wallpaper pattern, i.e. the area on a wallpaper strip on which the complete pattern or motif is reproduced once.


With plain wallpapers, i.e. wallpapers in one colour without a pattern, the repeat is not noticeable and does not need to be taken into account.


With patterned wallpapers, however, the repeat is important. Because in the end, the panels should connect perfectly and create a harmonious pattern. The pattern repeat is not always recognisable by a clear change or break in the motif, but only becomes apparent when you see two panels next to each other.


The repeat is also recorded on the wallpaper insert. The run length, also called the pattern height, is usually 64 cm and is the first number on the inlay. The pattern therefore only repeats from a height of 64 cm.



The second number on the wallpaper insert is the offset.


This refers to the distance by which a wallpaper panel must be moved so that the pattern of the individual panels creates a seamless overall appearance. 


There are three different types of offsets.



For non-woven wallpapers, we recommend wallpapering with the wall pasting technique.
This means that the paste is first applied generously to the wall with a roller and brush - and only for one strip at a time so that the paste does not dry out. It may be a hand's breadth more, so that there is some play for the next strip.


Carefully apply the paste with a brush along the line of contact so that nothing can come loose there later. Now lay the wallpaper with a little overhang from top to bottom and press it down firmly with your hands. Make sure the wallpaper is flush with the line.


Use the press-on spatula to press the wallpaper firmly against the wall from top to bottom and then centrally to the right and left. Finally, cut off the overhang using a cutter knife and the press-on spatula as a cutting aid.


Remove excess fleece adhesive immediately with a sponge before it can dry.

And so it goes on, lane by lane.



Wallpapering photo wallpaper is almost the same as wallpapering non-woven wallpaper, only easier.
Of course, when wallpapering a photo wallpaper, the preparations must also be made and the surface checked.


However, since the photo wallpaper arrives at your home customised to the individual size of your wall, you save yourself the trouble of calculating the roll requirement. What's more, you don't have to cut the photo wallpaper into strips, because the strips arrive evenly cut.


To apply the wallpaper to the wall and create a beautiful mural, you need to mix the paste and spread it evenly on the wall.


Now you can attach the wallpaper strips to the wall from left to right and cut off the protruding edges.




After all the strips have been wallpapered, the overall picture can be viewed.


Any paste residue can be removed with a sponge.


Now tidy up, put away the painter's fleece (masking film) and wallpapering table and your new wallpaper will hang.



Determine roll requirements
Mix paste
Cutting wallpaper strips to size
Rapport & Offset
Wallpapering photowallpaper
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