How to Hang


Is living in a white-painted box driving you up the wall? What you need is a dash of exquisite print and vibrant colour, courtesy of House of Hackney wallpaper.

Made from wood pulp sourced from FSC-certified trees, complete with added textile fabrics for strength and stability, our wallpaper is PVC-free and produced using the eco-friendliest methods available. But, that’s not all: our iconoclastic prints are also incredibly easy to hang. Each roll is designed with four panels that seamlessly match up to create a mural effect – making light work of a swipe of adhesive paste (we recommend Solvite’s ‘Paste the Wall’) and a little insider know-how. Simply follow along with our handy video and step-by-step guide below to achieve a perfect finish all by yourself – no decorator required. Get ready to coat your walls in wonder…


Do the maths. Use our handy online wallpaper calculator to work out how many rolls you will need.

Lay the foundations. Ensure that your walls are dry, even and firm before starting – this may mean scraping off any old, loose wallpaper, filling in holes and sanding the walls down. If the walls are a little on the old side, we suggest applying lining paper before hanging your chosen wallpaper.

Seal the deal. Working on a newly plastered wall? You will need to seal the wall with primer beforehand to prevent the paste from being absorbed by the plaster, which will in turn cause the paper to shrink.

Keep your cool. Turn the central heating off and ensure the room is well-aired during the application and drying time – otherwise, the wallpaper will shrink and leave visible gaps between the panels. Do your best to wait 48 hours before turning the heating back on.


Even things out. Use a sponge to smooth wallpaper down and never a spatula, which could scratch the design.

Keep it clean. If you’re wallpapering a bathroom or a very busy area in the house, we suggest applying two coats of Polyvine Decorator’s Varnish in ‘Dead Flat’ over the top using a short flock roller (just ensure the wallpaper is dry first). This will help protect against finger marks, stains and scuffing.

Pull the plug. For sockets and switches, start by unscrewing and removing the outer casing. Apply the sheet of wallpaper as normal and let it hang over the socket area. Next, use a knife to slice a cross-shaped opening, diagonally from corner to corner across the socket area, then cut away the excess. Smooth the paper down with a brush or sponge before reattaching the front cover of the socket.

Please note our wallpaper is printed to order, so slight variations in colour can occur between batches. Therefore, we recommend ordering all the rolls you’ll need in one go. Need help figuring out just how much that will be? Please call our in-house experts on +44 (0)207 739 3273 or use our online wallpaper calculator.


Whether you’re searching for design ideas or trying to imagine how a certain print would look in your space, why not browse our gallery to see how others have welcomed our House into the home…