Wallpaper is hip again and available in all kinds of striking colors and patterns. Unlike painting a room, wallpaper installation isn’t an optimal DIY project. Getting the paper hung perfectly requires experience and a deft touch. Pro wallpaper hangers have the expertise to make wall coverings appear seamless. Costs usually depend on how much wallpaper is installed as well as other factors. A high-quality wallpaper installation can last 10 to 15 years or more.
Purchase or bring your own
Customers can purchase wallpaper from some paper hangers, or they can purchase wallpaper separately and simply have the hanger install it. Wallpaper comes in many different types, including vinyl-coated, coated fabric, fabric-backed, solid-sheet vinyl, paper-backed, foil or bamboo, and prices vary widely. Customized wallpaper is also available to match a particular style in a customer’s home. More expensive wallpaper is often more difficult and costly to hang. Standard wallpaper typically costs $25-$50 for a single roll, depending on material and style. Custom wallpaper can cost considerably more.
Uninstalling old wallpaper
Before the hanger can get started, he or she may need to uninstall the existing wallpaper in a house. Most hangers charge a separate fee for this service. Be sure to ask for a quote on this portion of the job before you hire someone because the cost can be significant.
Amount of wallpaper
Not surprisingly, the cost of wallpaper installation depends on how much wallpaper needs to be installed. Lou’s Painting and Wallpapering in Shiller Park, Illinois, for example, bases pricing on the square footage to be covered plus the number of rolls needed. The company charges $35 per roll. Custom Wallcoverings of Stafford, Virginia, charges $30 for a single roll or $15 a yard. Alternatively, some paper hangers charge by the hour, by the job or by the type of paper that’s installed.
Anything that makes the job more challenging for the paper hanger can increase the cost—including areas above cabinets, high ceilings, archways and crown moldings.
Many paper hangers charge extra if they need to correct any imperfections in the wall, such as cracks, holes, peeling paint, uneven drywall or water damage. If the paper is difficult to hang, hangers are likely to charge a little extra. Some installers will do drywall repair or refer customers to a drywall expert before hanging wallpaper if imperfections are bad enough.
You can save some money by purchasing the wallpaper yourself; discontinued or out-of-season wallpaper is often severely discounted. Be sure to consult with the installer about the exact amount of paper needed for the job and purchase a little extra just in case it’s needed.