There is really no quality difference between self-adhesive papers and our other options. All of Bacan’s wallcovering options are of high quality, so it all depends on your personal preference for installation.

Prepare the wall: Prepare your surface and clean the work area. Making sure electrical outlets are off and all wall fixtures are removed. It is important to make sure the work area is smooth and clean from any bumps, cracks, mould or old paint. So that when you apply your wallpaper primer, the application is smooth and easy, making it easier to remove wallpaper when required. 

Measuring the wall: Measure the wall length, then add 4” as this will tell you how many rolls you require for the project (*note dimension of rolls come in 1m x 4m). You will need to overlap the paper at both the ceiling and at the baseboards by approximately 2”, allowing enough room for trimming perfectly at edges. 

Please follow the specifications as noted on the website in regards to pasting the wall or pasting the paper. If pasting the wall, apply the paste evenly, covering an area for one strip only. If pasting on the back of the paper, apply the coat evenly on the back working from the centre to the edges

Applying your First Strip: Carry your strip to the wall, and allow for overhang. Using a smooth brush or plastic smoother, remove any bubbles and make sure the wallpaper has made good contact with the wall. Lightly flatten the seams. 

TIP It’s better to have extra wallpaper on hand for trimming or additional purposes to fix up edges if required.

Primer is a protectant/sealer for your wall which prevents the adhesive from absorbing into porous surfaces and allows for a uniform surface for wallpaper application. They will seal out porous surfaces to prevent the adhesive from absorbing into the wall, promoting better ‘slip’ during installation and better ‘grip’ afterwards.

Steps to Follow:

Recommended tools:

Tape measure


Steel ruler

Razor knife and extra blades


Plastic smoother

Paint roller and brush 

Prepare the Surface

  1. Clean and dry the walls as any product applied on top will not adhere to an unclean surface. 
  2. Pre-cut the strips to wall height, allow extra inches on the top and bottom for trimming. Cut and trim using the razor blade and steel ruler. 
  3. Best to start on the left-hand side of your wall – measure out from the corner the width of the wallpaper and mark this with a pencil. Then using your leveller, draw a straight line down – this will be your guide for that first strip of paper. Most importantly take note that this piece needs to be sitting perfectly straight on the wall, as all your other paper strips will follow beside this first strip. 
  4. When applying the wallpaper allow excess to overlap with the ceiling, this can easily be trimmed later on. We then align the right side of the strip to the drawn mark and lightly press the edge to the wall, using the drawn line as your reference. Feel free to reposition the paper as required to make sure it follows the levelled line. 
  5. Work from top to bottom, but be careful so not to pull or stretch the material too much. It is recommended that one person guides the paper from the top along the line, while another person can hold the opposite edge away from the wall until lined up properly. 
  6. A plastic smoother can be used to help moving back and forth on the strip to smooth the material down to the wall and while doing this, ensuring there are no air bubbles appearing. If they do appear, work the air bubbles out from the centre to the edge. 
  7. Trim excess material at ceiling and base with a sharp razor blade
  8. Repeat this process, by aligning your next wallpaper strip to the edge of your previous strip.