Wallpapering your dolls' house can at first appear a daunting
proposition, but providing certain pitfalls are avoided it is
really quite easy to do. Here are a few tips and hints to make
your job easier and your results better.
measure your room carefully, to find out how many sheets of
paper are required, before buying the paper. Remember - sheet
sizes can vary.
Firstly measure the wall lengths of your room (usually 3 walls)
and add them together to give a total length, i.e. a room that
is 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep will give a total length
of 34 inches (10 + 12 +12 = 34).
Next measure the height of the room - this will be important
in determining how many drops per sheet you will get - lets
assume it is 9 inches.
Write your calculations down on a piece of notepaper. This
can form part of your "dolls' house log book".
Now select the wallpaper. Sheets of wallpaper come in different
sizes, but for this example let us assume our chosen sheet is
16 inches wide by 24 inches high (height is the drop measurement).
For the room in our example the calculation is as follows:
Because the height of the wallpaper is 24 inches we will
get 2 drops for our 9 inch high room - each measuring 16 inches
in length. This means that we will have enough wallpaper to
cover 32 inches of wall per sheet.
Therefore, to achieve the total length of 34 inches required
we will need 2 sheets of this paper.
Always take care to note if the wallpaper has a repeating pattern
as this may well affect your calculations. We would recommend
that in order to cater for this, it is always better to over-estimate
Always buy extra (i.e. an extra sheet) in case of mistakes.
Batches change and shades may vary. If you buy more later you
may not get an exact match. Left over bits can always be used
for other projects at a later date.
you are lighting your house some preparations should be made
before wallpapering such as:
- If laying copper tape, lay the tape and draw a plan of the
layout (for help with future connections and trouble-shooting)
- If using the wire method, drill the holes and run grooves
for the wires to prevent the chance of your drill slipping
and tearing your newly hung wallpaper
Always paint ceilings before putting in wallpaper
Leave the fixing of all woodwork until after wallpapering (where
possible), i.e. doors, stairs, mouldings such as skirting boards
etc. This will help to hide any mistakes and gaps in the wallpapering.
It is also recommended that paint and/or stain is applied to
woodwork before fixing.
use wallpaper paste. This allows you to slide the paper into
position, which cannot be done as easily if a hobby glue is
If you are using copper tape for your lighting always use a
"non-toxic" paste - copper can react to some toxins
Paste the wall not the paper - dolls' house papers are thinner
than full size wallpaper and will stretch if they become too
For those small awkward areas which are difficult to work in,
Apply paper before construction
Carefully measure the appropriate areas and apply paper prior
to assembly. NB ensure all joints are kept clear of paste
Use a "card interface"
This is achieved by cutting a piece of thin card to the exact
dimensions of the wall. Paste your paper to the card. Keep
it flat until fully dried. Then simply fix your card to the
wall, either by gluing or using double sided tape.
If, despite all these tips you would still prefer the professionals
to help, please contact us and we can advise the best course of
action for you
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