Welcome to the unintelligible world of wallpaper. There are so many details to consider when ordering wallpaper, here are just a few of the questions we are most commonly asked - and some of the questions we most often ask ourselves. 

  •  WHY IS WALLPAPER SOLD IN CRAZY DOUBLE AND TRIPLE ROLLS WHEN IT IS PRICED BY THE SINGLE ROLL?
    • We do not have a good answer for that. We agree that it's impossible to understand. Perhaps it has to do with the size of printing presses back in the day, and then those sizes became standard for that area. Maybe it's a metric conversion issue. Maybe it's a mystery. REGARDLESS - it's the way it is and math will be your friend.
    • When wallpaper is only available by a double or triple roll we will try to make it super obvious - and no, you can't actually buy a single roll of these patterns. It's a non-existent unit of measure. 
  • If wallpaper is sold by entirely different sized rolls, how do I compare prices?
    • We have attempted to help with that by noting the price/ square foot for each pattern we sell. This should help you a bit.
  • If the wallpaper I want is only sold by the "double roll" why even bother with the price for a single roll. Why not price it by the actual unit I can buy?
    • The short and lame answer to this is because that is how everyone else does it. When you, the customer, searches for a product you would never even look at my site if my product seemed twice as expensive as other vendors. I hope the information I offer makes you feel that my shop is where you want to shop for wallpaper and other items for your home.
  • "How do I measure for wallpaper?" -
    • Well, that's a complicated question because it involves math. The easy answer is... don't! Most installers will come over and measure for a small fee. If you show them the wallpaper you plan to buy they can tell you how much to get.
    • If you choose to do it yourself, you have several things to take into account.
      • (In our sample problem we will work with a fairly standard roll size - 20.5" wide and 11 yards long with a 16" vertical repeat and a straight across match)
      • Number of drops - begin with the product width and the distance needed to go around the room. For example, if the paper is 20.5" wide and the room is 10'x12' you would do the math like so.... 
        1. Convert all measurements to the same increment - 120" + 120" + 144" + 144" = 528"
        2. Divide the circumference of the room by the width of the paper in the same increment - in this case 528"/20.5"=25.7 or 26 full drops.
      • Determine the length of each drop - which is the height of the walls rounded up to the next nearest whole repeat. 
        1. If the walls are 96" tall, minus 2" for the base molding, each drop has to be AT LEAST 92" tall.
        2. If the paper matches straight across with a 16" repeat, divide 92"/16"= 5.75 - round up to 6 so you need each drop to measure 6 full repeats, which is 6X16" = 96" - or 8feet long.
      • Determine how many drops you can get out of a roll. 
        • In our example - the roll is 11yards long, so let's work with feet now. 11 yards = 33 feet
        • 33'/8=4.12. What this means is that you have 4 full drops per roll, plus a little bit.
      • How many rolls are needed?
        • Divide the number of drops required by the number of drops you can get out of a single roll. In this case - 26 drops needed, and there are 4 per roll - 26/4=6.5....YOU NEED TO ORDER 7 ROLLS.
    •  "But! I have a lot of windows and door in my room - can I deduct those from the total?"
      • Yes, but it depends on where the seams line up. If you have a seam just an inch away from a door or window, even though you are cutting most of it away, you still need that 1 inch strip to be continuous - thus it needs to be a full drop. 
      • If there are wide windows, the drops that fall completely within the window or door only have to be as long as the wall area above or above and below the opening.
    • "I selected a pattern with a "half drop match" and a vertical repeat of 24". What does that mean?"
      • that means that to line the pattern up, the left edge of the second drop has to be placed half the distance of the vertical repeat below where the pattern is on the left side of the previously placed panel. 
      • With a half drop pattern you generally order rolls by 2 and make half of the rolls "A" rolls, starting at the top of the repeat and make the other half "B" rolls by cutting off a half a repeat at the top. By alternating from the A and B rolls you have much less waste.

 

  • There are a LOT of ways to figure our your wallpaper quantities, but it is your responsibility to do it and order correctly. Because we special order from our vendor for each of your orders we cannot take returns on any wallpaper. It is also highly recommended that you order enough for you entire project at once as die lots vary enough that you may get a bad match from one lot to the other.

 

  • YouTube is a fabulous resource! There are great installers all over the country who have put up videos about measuring for, prepping walls and installing wallpaper. We recommend you look around until you find a formula or method that makes sense to you.  
  • "Can you just figure out my quantities for me?"  Well, no. We aren't in your house and we can't see all of the conditions present. If you are not comfortable, please hire a local installation professional to help you.
  • Is there someplace I can look with more information?
    • Oh yes. There is an association of wall coverings installers, and they have a website. (click here)