Borders can be hung at any level along your walls. Chair rail height is a common option and can be effective when used with coordinated paint colors above and below the chair rail border. This height tends to make the room more comfortable and casual. Borders placed just below the cornice tend to give the room more height. Older homes that feature picture rails allow for the option of hanging above or below the picture rail.
Borders generally come in rolls of 4.5 metres. this length is generally suitable for covering a whole wall without seams. We recommend that for each wall you will cover that you get a single roll per wall. You should always measure your room exactly when calculating your border requirements, always allow for the deduction for windows, doors etc.
Most borders are pre-pasted and are installed by immersing the portion of border you are going to hang in a bucket of water for 15-30 seconds to activate the adhesive on the back of the border. Please refer to the manufacturers instructions for correct wetting time. If you are hanging a border over existing wallpaper you will need to use a heavy duty vinyl to vinyl adhesive. You will not need to wet the border but simply brush on the adhesive to the back of the border.
You will need a tape measure or ruler to measure the amount of border, as well as marking the wall where the border will be installed. You will require chalk or a soft lead pencil to mark where it is to hang and a level to ensure it will be straight. Do not rely on visual clues to ensure correct horizontal placement. A pair of scissors will be required for cutting the border to length, a very sharp blade knife and a straight edge are required for cutting into your corners and edges. A plastic smoother is a handy tool to have for smoothing the border onto the wall and a wallpaper sponge and a bucket of water will be required to ensure that you wipe excess paste off the face of the border and your paintwork. Ensure the water is changed regularly.
Start your border installation in the most inconspicuous spot. If installing your border at chair rail height, start at one side of a door or window frame and work your way around to the other side. If installing at the ceiling height start at a corner over a doorway as you enter the room. In a standard type room you will only get a near perfect pattern match in three corners not the last.
* Measure the wall and cut the border allowing 50mm extra. This is required to allow for a 25mm overlap at each corner. Measure twice/cut once.
* Apply the paste or wet the back to activate the adhesive, remove border from water and allow to sit for a couple of minutes to allow the border to relax and the paste to activate.
* Start hanging the strip allowing 12mm along the adjoining wall. Take a damp sponge or plastic smoother and begin smoothing out any air bubbles or lumps, do not press hard as you will remove all the adhesive. Having someone to hold the border as you apply it to the wall makes the job easier.
* To hang the next piece overlap it back over the prior piece till you find the pattern match then cut it into the corner, peal away the off cut and wipe the prior piece clean with your sponge.
* Ensure that you thoroughly wash the border and walls with clean water to ensure that the adhesive does not stain the surfaces.
Chair rails are normally approximately 850mm from the floor. Premark the wall ensuring that the line you mark is level.
When installing a border around a window or a door start left to right. The pattern will run up the left side, across the top and back down the right side. To install a border around a frame you simply overlap the two ends, line up your straight edge with the inside corner of the overlapped border to the outside edge at a 45 degree angle and cut through both layers. Gently remove the excess material.
Step back take a deep breath and admire your handy work, we hope it looks fantastic.