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We have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to help you with your wallpaper purchase. If your question isn’t on the list, feel free to give us a call or pop in to talk to one of our friendly staff members. Our contact details can be found here.

What is the length of a roll of wallpaper?

Most of our wallpaper rolls are 10m long which is the standard size,however please make sure to check the size of the wallpaper before placing your order as some may vary.

How do I hang wallpaper?

Instructions to hang your wallpaper can be found on the the label within the cellophane wrapper. We would recommend that you use a professional decorator to hang wallpaper to make sure that the finish is to a high standard.

How many rolls do I need?

It can be very difficult to judge the amount of wallpaper you will need, especially if you are decorating awkward areas such as your hall, stairs or landing. We would recommend that you speak to us to discuss exactly how much you will need. Alternatively, rough guides can be found online.


You require a number of different tools in order to hang wallpaper. Aside from your wallpaper and adhesive, we would recommend:

  • Paste Table (Not required for a ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper)
  • Paste Brush
  • Paperhanging Brush
  • Spirit Level
  • Sponge
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Stanley Knife

What is ‘Paste the Wall’ Wallpaper?

‘Paste the wall’ wallpaper is much stronger than conventional wallpaper and doesn’t require soaking before hanging. This is due to the addition of man-made fibres that act like a mesh. Paste can be applied directly to the wall, making the process easier and less messy.

What does the pattern match on my wallpaper mean?

Straight match – This means that the pattern on the wallpaper matches across the width. The label of the wallpaper will tell you how often the pattern repeats.

Offset match – This means the match is obtained by halving the repeat. For example a label might state a 53/26.5cm offset match. This means the design repeats every 53cm and the point at which they match from left to right is every 26.5cm.

Free match – This means there is no matching required. It is the easiest product to hang, as no matter how the strips of wallpaper are hung, no visible join or seams need to be worried about.

What is cross lining?

Cross lining is when you hang your paper horizontally instead of vertically. Most people would recommend this method as it makes it easier to avoid overlapping your paper.

When should lining paper be used?

Lining paper will result in a much better finish as it provides a smooth base to apply your wallpaper to. If you have any questions about whether this is required, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What effect does heat have when hanging wallpaper?

You should let wallpaper dry naturally in a well ventilated room. Drying times depend on factors such as wall surface, adhesive and atmospheric conditions. Do not attempt to speed up the process using heat – it can ruin the wallpaper.

Can I hang new wallpaper over the top of existing wallpaper?

Although this is possible, we would recommend removing any existing wallpaper before applying the new one to the wall. This will ensure that the paper adheres properly and avoids lumps and bumps.

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  • Carracks Wallpaper and Paint
  • 214 Northfield Road
  • Crookes
  • Sheffield
  • S10 1QU

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