How Many Rolls of Wallpaper Do You Need?



When you are buying a wall covering, the number of rolls that you will have to buy is affected by the distance between pattern repeats. You need fewer rolls of paper if it does not have to be matched and has a random pattern, more for paper which has a small drop between the pattern repeats, and even more when the pattern has a large drop. So if you want to keep down the expense, choose either a non-matching paper or a design with a random match.

If the paper you have chosen does have a large repeat, you will probably get one less full length out of each roll, so always buy an extra roll or two. Some stores will allow you to return unused rolls if they are left unopened.

How Many Rolls of Wallpaper Do You Need Check that all the rolls come from the same batch, so that there is less chance of colour variation between rolls. If you have to accept rolls with a different batch number — because the store does not have enough from the same batch — plan to use them in areas where any slight shading variations will not show, such as behind furniture or tucked away in a corner.

Even if you managed to buy all the rolls from the same batch, check whether there is any colour variation between them. Open up a number of rolls, lay them side by side partly unrolled, and compare the colour so that you can decide which roll should be hung next to which.

How Many Rolls of Wallpaper Do You Need? Most wall coverings are sold fully trimmed in rolls 33ft long x 21in wide (10m x 530mm), though the size may vary by 5 per cent, depending on the manufacturer. If you choose a paper sold in these dimensions, use the charts below to calculate how many rolls you need to buy — it is better to have too much paper than to run out and discover that the store no longer has the paper in stock. It is also useful to have spare paper for any future repair work, should the paper ever be ripped or marked.

If you choose from a continental pattern book — or have decided upon a special wall covering, such as hessian — check the size and use the chart provided with the pattern book or by the store to work out how many rolls you need. Rolls may be considerably wider than standard wallpaper.

Use a steel tape to measure the height of the walls from the skirting board to the picture rail, coving or ceiling. When measuring the perimeter of the room, include the width of the doors and all standard size windows — the extra paper will be needed for the trimming at the top and bottom of each length. Only deduct the width of a window from your calculations if it is a picture window, or French window, occupying a large part of a wall.

 

HELPFUL TIP

If you have a leftover roll of standard wallpaper, use it to make a quick estimate of the rolls you need to decorate a room. Measure the height of a wall and work out how many drops one roll will cover. Then walk around the room, holding the roll of paper against the walls, windows and doors as a measuring stick, to see how many widths you need. Divide the number of drops into the number of widths to give the number of rolls.

 

How Many Rolls of Paper for the Walls?

Standard rolls of wallpaper are approximately 33ft (10m) long and 21in (530mm) wide.

 

Distance around room (including doors and windows)

Wall Height 33’/10m 39’/12m 46’/14m 52’/16m 59’/18m 66’/20m 72’/22m 79’/24m
7′ – 7’6″2.1 – 2.3m

5

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

7’6″ – 8’2.3 – 2.4m

5

6

7

8

9

10

10

11

8′ – 8’6″2.4 – 2.6m

5

6

7

9

10

11

12

13

8’6″ – 9’2.6 – 2.7m

5

6

7

9

10

11

12

13

9′ – 9’6″2.7 – 2.9m

6

7

8

9

10

12

12

13

 

 

How Many Rolls for a Ceiling?

If you are papering a ceiling, measure the perimeter of the room and use the chart below.

To find out how much you need to paper the ceiling of a corridor, first measure the width of the ceiling and make sure that it does not vary along the corridor’s length; if it does, make a note of the widest part. Divide this measurement by the width of a roll; then measure the corridor length and divide this into 33ft (10m) — the length of a roll. For example, a narrow corridor under 3ft 6in (1.1m) wide needs only two widths of paper to cover it. If the same corridor is under 16ft (5m) long — half the length of a roll — one roll will be enough to paper the whole ceiling. But if the corridor is wider or longer you will need an extra roll.

 

Distance around room (including doors and windows)

Feet 30 – 40 42 – 50 55 – 60 65 – 70 75 – 80 85 – 90 95 – 100
Metres 9 – 12 13 – 15 17 – 18 20 – 21 22 – 24 26 – 27 29 – 30
Number of rolls

2

3

4

6

7

9

10

 

For tips on how to hang wallpaper, click here

 

07. December 2010 by admin
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