How to wallpaper round a door frame or window

How to wallpaper around doors and windows

When wallpapering, you’re bound to come across a few obstacles. Whether that’s light switches or plug sockets, there’s plenty of things to factor into your wallpapering job. In this post, we’re going to focus on how to correctly wallpaper around door frames and windows. So, let’s get straight to it!

Tools you’ll need for wallpapering around doors and windows

Before you get started, make sure you’ve got all the tools and equipment you need. For wallpapering around doors, you’ll need:

  1. Plumb line
  2. Wallpaper paste
  3. Roller, tray and brush
  4. Smoother
  5. Knife or scissors
  6. Clean, damp cloth

How to wallpaper around a door frame

  1. Paste the section of the wall just up to and over the top of the frame.
  2. Place your wallpaper over the frame making sure that the pattern matches up with the previously hung length.
  3. Feel for the outline of the frame and press into it to fold the paper around the frame shape.
  4. For the top of the frame, cut a diagonal line from the edge of the paper to just past the corner of the frame.
  5. Using your smoothing tool, smooth the paper into place so that the edge piece is poking out.
  6. Once in place, trim the overhanging paper away.
  7. Repeat this as needed around the entire door frame
  8. Wipe off any paste you may have on the front of the paper with a clean, damp cloth.
  9. And you’re finished!

How to wallpaper around a window

  1. Hang your wallpaper over the window checking that any patterns are properly aligned.
  2. Using a pencil, make a mark on the wall where the width of the wallpaper ends and remove the paper.
  3. Paste the wall on the inside of the window recess and apply a reasonably sized patch of wallpaper.
  4. Cut a diagonal line to meet the corner where the recess begins and trim away any excess. You should be left with just a wallpapered patch underneath the top recess that slightly overlaps onto the wall.
  5. Paste the rest of the wall and hang the full strip of wallpaper you used earlier. Remember to properly smooth the paper down with a smoothing tool to get rid of any air bubbles.
  6. Make a cut at the top of the recess edge cutting through both the main strip and the patch beneath for that clean edge.
  7. For the sides, make careful cuts along the paper and fold it back to fit the reveal.
  8. Finish by smoothing the rest of the paper cutting off the excess top and bottom as needed.

Tips and tricks for wallpapering around doors and windows

Now you know the basics, here are some of our insider tips for wallpapering around doors and windows like a pro.

Add a few inches to any measurements

Because you’re dealing with corners, always add a few inches to any measurements when cutting wallpaper. It’s better to have some extra wiggle room than to cut the paper too short.

Paint edges the same colour as the wallpaper

In an ideal world, there won’t be any spaces between the wallpaper and the wall. However, accidents happen. To make these tiny mistakes less noticeable, make sure you properly prep your walls before wallpapering. This could include painting the edges the same colour as the wallpaper. That way, any tiny gaps will be seamlessly hidden.

Cut small parts of the paper at a time

When it comes to cutting wallpaper to fit, remember to use small motions and keep checking the cut line as your work. If you go straight in and make a big cut, you could risk overshooting your measurements and there isn’t an easy fix for that. Slow and steady is the best approach.


And there you have it, everything you need to know about wallpapering around doors and windows. Make sure to follow us on our social channels for more wallpapering insights and tips!