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Wall Hanging Instructions for Kids

Wall Hanging Instructions

Please read through these detailed instructions on how to fit your wall mural. The process is quite straight forward so do not be fazed by the amount of information here.

Your wall mural is printed on our usual double width material (approx 135cm wide).
The total size of the print is 10cm larger than your wall (5cm extra print on each side, top, bottom, left, right) to allow for movement and discrepancies in the shape and straightness of your wall, which are common. Each strip will need trimming to size (off the top and bottom) after it has been pasted on your wall - just as you would when hanging wallpaper. Each section of wall mural overlaps by approx 3 - 5cm, and these joins will need cutting to produce a next join - read more on our Joining section below.

We recommend getting a professional to hang you wall mural. At the very least you will need another person the help you, as the paper is double the width of standard wallpaper. If you are applying your wall mural to newly painted walls, allow a minimum of 2 weeks for the paint to fully gas out and dry before applying your wall mural.

To protect the mural and your flooring, we recommend you lay down dust sheets on the floor where you are hanging your mural. You will need to roll out the mural onto these sheets, which will protect the print. For best results your wall should have a smooth flat surface. Make sure the wall is smoothed down with no lumps or bumps in the surface. Use filler and sandpaper to remove any that are present.
We recommend using a strong heavy grade pre-mixed wall paper paste. You can purchase this from any DIY store. Pre-mixed means the paste is strong and 100% smooth with no lumps, which you can get from mixing paste yourself.

Our murals are designed with overlaps, so one strip will overlap the next one by about 3 - 5cm. When we fit wall murals we overlap each strip to match the pattern in the print and then we cut through both strips in a neat straight line from the top to the bottom, removing the excess print. This leaves a neat and flat join. You can leave the overlapping join as it is without this cutting if you prefer, but make sure you have applied enough paste for the overlapping area to stick properly. You may need to trim the excess white paper from the edges if you decide to keep the overlap without doing the cut through join - do this trimming before hanging the mural on the wall.

Carefully remove any excess paste with a damp sponge, and dab dry any wetness with a soft dry cloth. You will need a straight edge and sharp knife in order to cut the overlapping joins.

Hanging The Mural
You can start hanging the mural from either the left or the right. For ease of explanation, we have assumed you are starting from the left-most strip.

  • Starting with the left-most strip: For the first strip it is a good idea to mark a plumb line (a line from the top to the bottom of the wall, which is absolutely vertical) down the wall where the right edge of the paper will align on the wall (remember you have 5cm extra on each side of the strip, so you can allow the print to wrap into the corner of your wall by this amount). Using the plumb line makes hanging the first strip much easier, as you can use it as a guide to ensure the strip is running totally level, which is very important.

    Paste the area of the wall (we recommend pasting the wall not the wall mural) where the strip is to fit, making sure you have a nice uniform coating of paste covering the entire area.
    For pasting subsequent strips you will need to apply paste to the edge of the strip which is to be overlapped. Excess paste should be cleaned away after joining with a damp sponge, dab dry any wetness with a soft dry cloth.

  • Hanging of the 1st strip: Hang the strip on the pasted area (remember for the first strip you have 5cm extra on each side, so you can allow the print to wrap into the corner of your wall by this amount). Make sure the strip is parallel with the plumb line and running level on your wall, then smooth out any air bubbles with a vinyl smoothing tool, or short bristle smoothing brush, and trim any excess from the left, top and bottom edges. Carefully remove any excess paste with a damp sponge, and dab dry any wetness with a soft dry cloth.

  • Matching the next strip: Here is the best way to match the print pattern when applying each strip:

    a) Get somebody to hold the next strip in place but away from the wall by a few inches.
    b) While holding the right side of the strip away from the wall, allow the left edge of the strip to touch the wall and overlap the previous strip. The area of overlap should be pasted.
    c) Match the pattern from the top to the bottom before allowing the rest of the strip to be applied to the wall.
    d) Refer to the joining section above regarding how to finish the joining of two strips.

  • Matching the remaining strips: Repeat these steps for each remaining strip of printed wallpaper.

    Check you have removed all air bubbles and the edges of the mural are sufficiently stuck down with paste. Carefully remove any excess paste with a damp sponge, and dab dry any wetness with a soft dry cloth.

Your mural will dry over the next few days, and any small ripples will tighten up as the paper dries out.

Stand back and enjoy the transformation. WOW, what a difference to your room!

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