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How to Install Wallpaper in a Bathroom

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How to Wallpaper a Bathroom

Are you considering adding some personality and life to your bathroom by installing wallpaper, but are worried about the process? 

Wallpapers are available in various designs and colors, so you can find one that perfectly matches your style. Plus, this is an easy project that nearly anyone can do! 

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In this post, we’ll show you how to wallpaper a bathroom like a pro. Let’s get started!

1. Gather the Necessary Materials 

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Before you install the wallpaper, gather all the materials you will need. First, choose the prints you like. There are many great options available, from classic designs to modern patterns. Measure the space you’re working with, so you know what size of wallpaper to buy. 

Next, purchase wallpaper adhesive and a wallpaper brush or roller. You will as well need a measuring tape, a level, scissors, and a pencil to help with the process.

2. Clean the Walls 

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The walls in your bathroom can easily become dusty or dirty within time. For this reason, it’s important to clean them before beginning any wallpaper project. Begin by dusting the walls with a soft cloth or a feather duster. Use mild soap and water to spot-clean the area if there are any spots or stains.

Once the wall is dust-free and dry, you’re ready to begin with the project. By cleaning the walls first, your new wallpaper will go on smoothly and look its best.

3. Measure the Walls 

Before you wallpaper your bathroom, it is necessary to take accurate measurements of the walls. Otherwise, you may end up with an unequal wallpaper compared to the space that needs to be covered. Additionally, consider any alcoves or other recesses that need to be covered. To avoid any problems, measure both the bathroom walls’ height and width. 

Once you have all the measurements, you can purchase the appropriate amount of wallpaper and get started on your project. With proper planning and execution, your bathroom will soon sport a brand new look.

4. Cut the Wallpaper to Size 

When installing wallpaper in your bathroom, it is important to make sure that the cuts are straight. The best way to accomplish this is by using a level. First, measure the wall and mark the appropriate cutting lines. Then, place the level against the wall and use it to guide your cuts. This will ensure that the wallpaper fits evenly and looks professional. 

Keep in mind that it is better to err on the side of caution when making cuts. It is easier to trim off a bit of excess wallpaper than to patch up a ragged edge. With a little attention, you can achieve a perfect finish.

5. Apply Adhesive 

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Applying adhesive to the back of wallpaper is an important step in this process. Adhesive helps to hold the wallpaper in place and prevents it from peeling or bubbling. When applying it, be generous with the amount you use, spreading it evenly across the entire surface of the wallpaper. 

Once the adhesive is applied, carefully align the wallpaper with the wall, not shifting or stretching it. 

6. Smooth the Area

Take the time to smooth out the wallpaper while you start installing it. This will help to ensure that there are no bubbles or wrinkles in the finished product. Begin by applying an even layer of glue to the back of the paper. Then, use a roller or brush to smooth the paper, working from the center outwards. Or you can use a piece of credit card or a similar object if there are any air bubbles you want to get rid of. 

Once the paper is smooth, carefully align it with the wall and then use a straight edge to trim away any excess.  Allow the wallpaper at least 24 hours to dry completely before painting over it (if desired). Voila – a brand new bathroom!


Learning how to wallpaper a bathroom can be challenging, but it is not impossible. With the right tools and instructions, you can have a beautiful new view in your bathroom in no time. We hope this article has helped to give you the information and confidence you need to get started on your own project. Good luck!