Wallpapering – A Look at Prices

Wallpaper was extremely popular until the mid-1990’s when it fell out of fashion and homeowners became more creative with paint.

Recently, high-quality wallpaper has experienced something of a renaissance.

Some homeowners choose to wallpaper a single wall as a feature of the room, while other apply the paper to all the walls.

This page is all about wallpapering costs. We can also help you get a competitive price.

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Our Wallpaper Cost Guide

We contacted dozens of painters and decorators from various locations around the United Kingdom in 2015 and again in 2018.

We asked each of them to give us a written quote to hang wallpaper on all the walls in a front room.

Some of our chosen contractors first asked to visit the property to inspect the walls before providing us with a figure.

Some asked for dimensions and what was currently on the wall (i.e paint or wallpaper), while a few got us to send them a few pictures.

On this page, you’ll find our wallpapering price guide, the figures are an average of the prices we received from our chosen decorators.

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Project 1 – Hang Wallpaper on a Wall That Was Previously Painted

The price below is to hang wallpaper on to walls that currently have paint on them.

This project doesn’t require any messy wallpaper stripping.

We haven’t included the cost of lining paper (more about that later).

We also assume that the consumer will be supplying the wallpaper at their own cost.

The prices below are for a typical front room:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£375.00N/A
South, SW and Midlands£300.00N/A
Outer Region and North£250.00£N/A

Project 2 – Remove Old Wallpaper and Hang New Wallpaper

The guide price below is for a decorator to strip the old wallpaper off the walls to a typical front room, line the walls with lining paper and then hang new wallpaper.

This price is for the labour, the materials will be supplied by the consumer:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarger Business (5+ employees)
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London Area£550.00N/A
South, SW and Midlands£475.00N/A
Outer Region and North£450.00£N/A

What is Wallpaper Lining?

Wallpaper is thin and any dents, bumps or imperfections in the wall will be visible.

Lining paper (available in various thicknesses) can be hung on the wall to smooth over the imperfections before the wallpaper is hung.

The lining can add considerable time and cost to a wallpapering project but the results are usually worth the extra cost if you have old or damaged walls.

How Difficult is it to Wallpaper a Room?

Wallpapering is bread-and-butter work for most decorators. The most difficult aspect of the project is often the removal of any existing paper and the making good and preparation of the walls.

In addition to removing potentially several layers of wallpaper, the decorator may also need to wash the walls with sugar soap to remove glues, oils and nicotine stains.

The paper lining is a good way to ensure the finished wallpaper looks great but isn’t always necessary.

How Long Will the Work Take?

Based on the information provided to us when we sourced quotes, we think that preparing the walls, cross lining and wallpapering will take around a day and a half. This assumes the room is of average size.

If you have existing wallpaper and it’s really stubborn to remove and the wall needs some remedial work, then this will require an additional day.

Hanging wallpaper

How to Prepare For New Wallpaper

Wallpaper steamers make removing paper easy, but they create condensation, so it’s best to remove as many of your possessions from the room as possible.

Large items such as a sofa can be placed in the middle of the room and covered with a plastic sheet.

The floor or carpets should also be covered with plastic that can be secured to skirting boards with tape.

We suggest you ask your chosen decorator who will be responsible for moving possessions in and out of the room.

5 Great Tips For You:

Check out the video below for tips and advice on how to wallpaper a wall like a pro:

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5 Responses to “Wallpapering – A Look at Prices”

  1. PamJanuary 16, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    What is the price to hang a roll of wallpaper to a clean stripped wall. Your examples are useless if they don’t quote per roll. I need 3 rolls hanging. What should the average price be?

    • DaveApril 6, 2017 at 10:27 am #

      Approx £80 – £100 dependent on surface area ie if excessive cutting is needed.

  2. Geoff Collinson- DecoratorNovember 21, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    A day and a half to prep,line and finish paper. That maybe possible with 2 decs doing it. If its about speed with people and getting it cheaper then you wont get a good finish and corners will be cut… and not just for the paper!

  3. Jamie bennettJanuary 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm #

    If you think it takes a day and a half to prep, line and wallpaper an entire room then you need your head testing…

  4. Bill Hayes Painter & Decorator ManchesterSeptember 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Prepping a wall can be very time consuming especially if filler etc is required. it needs time to go off ready for rubbing down and may need a second fill, adding to the time. Then you also have the sealing process if plaster is excessively porous ( time consuming ) then the sanding down and possibly a full soapy water job to ( Time Consuming. ) All that before you even think about Lining a wall.

    Lining it you need to measure mark off your lines plan the best route to take. most lining papers will require at least 10 minutes soaking time before it goes on the wall ( Time Consuming )

    Then finally the papering average one day on that. Again you have the soaking time and if its patterned and lots of awkward cuts and more time on the job.

    If you honestly believe that it will take a day and a half to do all the above that’s 1 man on his own, then no wonder customers expectations if they read your time scale are so out of touch with the reality of the job scale.

    Painters and decorators such as myself charge both hourly rates and daily rate and quoting customers time scales as you have for this job is one of the reasons we are struggling to earn a decent living from the trade.

    I lost a job the other day because of sites like this giving the customer unrealistic time scales the job was a 3 day minimum job however they saw online it was a 2 day job so they thought I was trying to rip them off with an extra day.

    Come on guys give us Painter & Decorators a fair chance.

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