Wallpaper FAQ | Designer Wallpapers
- What size rolls are the wallpapers?
- How many rolls do I need?
- What is a pattern repeat?
- What are the different types of pattern match?
- What do all the wallpaper symbols mean?
- Why is the batch number important?
- How do I hang my wallpaper?
- What paste should I use on my wallpaper?
- What if my wallpaper is faulty?
1. What size rolls are the wallpapers?
Standard wallpapers come in rolls approximately 10m (11yards) long and 52cm (20.5in) wide (+/-1.5%), but some products vary. Please see the individual product description for full information.
2. How many rolls do I need?
If using a professional decorator, he/she will be able to advise you on the number of rolls required. Otherwise, you can find it located on the each individual product page under a tab called Wallpaper Calculator. This then takes into account that particular product specification when calculating for the dimensions you provide it.
3. What is a pattern repeat?
Wallpapers are printed using cylinders, with the design around it. The pattern repeat is one revolution of the cylinder and so is the distance between the same part of the pattern appearing on the roll.
4. What are the different types of pattern match?
The pattern match describes how the pattern relates when joining widths of wallpaper.
A straight match means that the pattern matches directly across the width of the roll.
An offset match means that the design match is offset across the width of the roll by a specified distance - i.e a half drop matches across the width at half the distance of the pattern repeat.
A free match means that no matching is required, and as such is the easiest product to hang and also reduces wastage.
A reverse alternate lengths means that every other length of wallpaper you hang must be the opposite way around to the previous length.
5. What do all the wallpaper symbols mean?
See our dedicated page to all wallpaper symbols here.
6. Why is the batch number important?
The label on your wallpaper will specify a batch number - it is important that these match on all the rolls you are using to ensure consistency of colour across multiple rolls. Please retain this information should you require further rolls from the same batch, although this cannot be guaranteed depending on the time elapsed and supplier stock levels.
7. How do I hang my wallpaper?
Detailed hanging instructions are supplied with every roll of wallpaper, which must be referred to before commencing work as every type of wallpaper requires different treatment. In particular we would draw your attention to the following important points:
- The end user should carefully check that pattern numbers, shade and batch numbers match exactly. To make absolutely sure it is advisable to unwrap a length of each roll in a good light to check that they match.
- Wallpaper is not always rolled with design uppermost. Please check before hanging. Some designs require that you reverse hang alternate lengths.
- The paper hanger should pay careful attention to soaking times after pasting. If the paper is hung too soon it will not be sufficiently soaked and can blister after hanging;too long and the paper becomes over-soaked and can tear. Refer to hanging instructions supplied.
- Depending upon the design and colour selected, non woven wallpapers can be slightly more translucent than other papers. It is therefore more important that the wall to be covered is smooth and free from marks.
8. What paste should I use on my wallpaper?
Fashion Interiors recommends the use of a good quality ready mixed adhesive, such as Sanderson Elite Ready Mixed Paste or Harlequin Ready Mixed Adhesive.
9. What if my wallpaper is faulty?
We recommend that you check for noticeable faults before and during hanging, check that all colours match roll to roll and edge to edge, and retain the product labels. In the event of a fault, do not continue to hang or cut the goods and return a sample of the imperfection to us with the label.