How I hang non woven lining paper

I had a decorating job to do in Wilmslow – hang non woven lining paper and paint it.

Non woven lining paper can be hung in two different ways. It can be pasted on the back of the paper, the traditional way, or the walls can be pasted and the paper can then be applied direct.

Paste-the-wall is the simplest way I have come up with to hang lining paper for painting – no need for a paste table. Here’s my approach to this style of papering.


First, cut in a band of ready mixed paste round the edges with a brush and roll the main wall the equivalent of two or three drops of paper at a time. You can get different widths of paper from 55cm wide, 75cm and 100cm wide.  My preference is for 75cm.

I put a full roll at the bottom of the wall against the skirting board. I then take the end of the paper and pull the paper up off the roll.

The weight of the roll at the bottom keeps me on target.


I then smooth out the top section with a spatula (Zinsser WallWizz) and then work down, pushing any air from the middle of the paper out to the edges. When I am half way down the wall, I then use a spatula and knife to cut the top against the ceiling. (I use the excellent black Olfa blades for trimming.)


I then come down off my step ladders and proceed to smooth out down to the bottom with my spatula. I then press in the paper tight to the skirting with my spatula and finally cut the paper from the roll with my knife.

So at no point do I handle the main roll, except when the paper is tight against the skirting board at the end of the hanging process.

Repeat this process until the last drop.

Splice last drop into a corner

This is where I do a little cheat.

Instead of measuring the space between the new lining paper and the end of the wall, marking and trimming to size on a paste table, I just place a full width into the corner. As shown below, it overlaps onto the penultimate piece.


I will then splice the two papers that are overlapped with a fresh sharp blade and a straight edge. The splice is done nice and tight, so as to minimise paper waste.


The reason for doing this is because I just find it a little time-saver over measuring and cutting into an internal corner. The splices are invisible with an Olfa Black blade.

External corners

Another thing I do for external corners with non-woven lining is use a wet sponge on the corners. It transforms the paper into a lovely nimble paper that pulls around an external corner with ease.


I hope you find these tips on how I hang non woven lining paper of use, if you are lining yourself. If you have any questions, or need help on a project, then please get in touch, I’m more than happy to help.


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