How to install

Please note that these instructions are included with your wallpaper.

We recommend that a professional wallpaper hanger installs Ellie Cashman Design® wallcovering. We cannot be held responsible for wallpaper that is applied improperly. Please make sure you read and review the following tips carefully.
Check the quality and quantity of your order, prior to installation!

Please ensure before hanging that you have received:

  • the right number of strips to fit the width of your wall;
  • the right length of strips to fit the height of the wall;
  • the right quality of the print. (On very rare occasions, imperfections such as striping, dots or strange colors can escape our quality control procedures).

If you see anything out of the ordinary, please contact us prior to installation using the contact form. Please include photos clearly documenting the issue.

Before applying Ellie Cashman Design® wallcovering, the underlying surface should be smooth, solid and dry, and should have a uniform color. Use a detergent solution to remove old wallpaper, paint or whitewash and especially any traces of ink and other surface contaminants such as grease, dirt, polish and pen marks. Subsequently, rinse the surface with clean water and allow it to dry fully. Sand-finished plaster must be smoothed. On new walls, the dry wall joints must be taped, bedded and sanded.

For good adhesion, we recommend that all porous and absorbent walls be primed with a diluted adhesive (let it dry for a minimum of 4 to 5 hours). Verify that wall moisture content does not exceed 4% (using a suitable moisture meter) and that there is no active moisture or water vapor infiltration. Verify that walls are free from mold and mildew. If mold or mildew is present, or if walls show visible moisture damage, or if moisture content exceeds recommendations, do not proceed with installation until the condition has been fully corrected under the direction of a qualified expert.

If your wallpaper has a dark background, you may want to prepare the wall by painting it  with a dark color. You can also color the sides of each strip with a matching marker to avoid the appearance of white edges between the strips. 

What you will need
    • Smooth walls/a smooth surface
    • Perpendicular
    • Pencil
    • Wallpaper paste for non-woven vinyl or non-woven fleece wallcovering (depending on your order)
    • (Lambswool) roller or block brush
    • Plastic spatula
    • If applying wallpaper around windows and doors with detailed trim, an additional smaller/narrower plastic spatula/putty knife is helpful for guiding the Stanley knife
    • Stanley knife or a sharp razor knife
    • Moist natural sponge
    • Bucket of clean, clear, warm water
    • Clean, dry cotton towel
    • Scissors (if applying wallpaper around windows/doors)


Step-by-step instructions for installation

After you’ve checked the quality and quantity of your order, prepared your wall, and selected your equipment, you’re ready for installation:

  • Step 1: Use a perpendicular to mark a straight line with a graphite pencil, positioning it so that the first strip is applied with an approx. 2 cm (1/2”) margin to wrap around the first corner. This ensures that the first drop will be hung straight. The rolls are numbered, starting at strip number 1. You should begin at the left side of your wall, working from left to right.
  • Step 2: Using a roller or a block brush, paste the wall for the first strip. Apply an additional 15 cm (6”) of paste than the strip width, so that the roller never comes into contact with the previously applied strip. After applying the wallcovering over the adhesive, use a plastic spatula to smooth out the strip in a vertical direction. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles that may have been trapped underneath. Important: Make sure you apply the adhesive on the wall, and not on the wallpaper. Applying it directly to the wallpaper could cause it to shrink as it dries. Applying excessive adhesive to the wall may also result in shrinkage, so take care not to be overly generous.
  • Step 3: Apply the next drop immediately adjacent to the first, so the two drops touch but do not overlap. As you go, trim excess paper at the top and bottom of each strip with a Stanley knife or a sharp razor knife held almost parallel to the wall. Guide the blade with the plastic spatula to prevent tearing. Please note: do not cut into the surface of the wall! If you do, the seams may open up later. Nudge the lengths together gently and smooth the seams. Tip: If applying wallpaper to walls containing windows and/or doors, allow the leading edge of the strip to overlap the trim. From the paper’s waste edge to the corners of the trim, make diagonal cuts with scissors to allow the paper to lay flat on the wall. Remove the bulk of the overlap with scissors. Smooth the paper with the plastic spatula, then use the smoother to push the paper snugly against the casing, the ceiling, and the baseboard. Use a smaller/narrower spatula or putty knife to trim off any remaining overlap, using the spatula as a guide.
  • Step 4: Remove excess paste with clear warm water, using only a moist natural sponge, as you go. Dry it with a clean cotton towel. If excess paste remains on the surface of the wallcovering for too long, it can cause permanent damage. Make sure to check woodwork and ceiling for adhesive and remove this as quickly as possible.

Adhesives specifically suited to (fleece or vinyl) wallpapers, or any universal wallpaper adhesive, will do a beautiful job with our products. Tip: Use as little water as possible (less than recommended by the adhesive supplier). Less moisture reduces the chance of shrinkage, which can cause unwanted, visible seams between the strips. 


Dirt can be removed using warm water and a damp cloth. Take care during cleaning and do not rub with force. Do  not  use  solvent-based  cleaning  agents,  lacquer  thinners,  nail  polish  remover,  pine  oil  or  cleaning  agents  containing  bleach as they may cause discoloration over a period of time. If in doubt, please check the impact of your specific cleaning agent on a small sample piece of the wallcovering before using it on a larger area.