Wallpaper Installation on Textured Walls: Challenges and Solutions

Are you wondering if textured walls pose a problem when it comes to wallpaper installation? While the issue with textured walls is more about aesthetics than function, there are certain considerations to keep in mind. Let's explore some common textured wall types and how they may impact your wallpaper installation, along with potential solutions.

NOTE: This article is about Non-Woven (past the wall) wallpaper. Peel & Stick is not suitable for any kind of textured walls.

Understanding Textured Walls and Their Impact on Wallpaper

Textured walls offer unique visual appeal and can serve various purposes, such as sound dampening. However, when it comes to wallpaper installation, it's crucial to consider both functionality and aesthetics. While Wallism paste-the-wall non-woven wallpaper is known for its durability and ability to adhere to textured surfaces, smoother walls generally yield better results. Understanding the characteristics of different types of textured walls and how they may affect wallpaper application is key to achieving the desired outcome.

Moreover, It's important to note that a white background wallpaper may highlight bumps more than darker or busier designs.

Types of Textured Walls and Associated Challenges

Textured walls come in different forms, each presenting its own set of challenges. Let's explore some common textured wall types and the specific issues they may pose during wallpaper installation.

(A) Orange peel (B) Plaster (C) Knockdown (D) Woodworm (E) Popcorn

Orange Peel Texture

An orange peel texture refers to a light texture that poses minimal issues for wallpaper application. Functionally, wallpaper covers this texture well, with only minor aesthetic concerns.

Plaster Texture

Plaster walls, often characterized by an uneven surface, can pose challenges for wallpaper application depending on the roughness. Prior to installing wallpaper, it's crucial to ensure that the plaster is in good condition, free from cracks or crumbling areas.

Knockdown Texture

A knockdown texture doesn't hinder wallpaper adhesion, but the raised portions of the texture may create an unnatural appearance. This effect is especially noticeable when using designs like flat wood or wainscoting, which should appear smooth.

Woodworm Texture

Woodworm has a texture with irregular lines mimicking woodworms eating through wood. The irregularities and grooves of the woodworm texture rarely don't affect the adhesion of the wallpaper, but might shine through.

Popcorn Texture

Wallpaper application on a popcorn texture may negatively impact the overall appearance as well as the installment. The rough and pointy edges of the texture can show through the wallpaper and potentially cause damage during smoothing or cleaning, resulting in tears.

Achieving a Smooth Surface: Flattening Textured Walls for Wallpapering

To create an optimal surface for wallpaper installation, it's often necessary to flatten rough textured walls, unless you still want the texture to be seen.

If you choose to flatten the wall first, prepare the wall by ensuring that the textured walls are clean, smooth, and free from any loose or flaking materials. Repair any damaged areas and allow them to dry completely.

Secondly, apply a primer or a skim coat specifically designed for textured walls to create a smoother surface. Check with your local paint shop or hardware store for a brand that is recommended in your specific market.

Finally, when hanging your premium non-woven wallpaper on textured walls, it is generally recommended to use the paste-the-wall technique rather than pasting the back of the wallpaper. This allows for easier positioning and adjustments while ensuring better adhesion to the surface.

These steps provide a flat and even surface that enhances both adhesion and the final appearance of the wallpaper.

Summary: It's not About Function, but Aesthetics

In most cases, textured walls doesn't pose a significant issue when it comes to wallpaper adhesion. However, working with a flat wall always yields better results. The wallpaper will adhere more effectively and provide an improved smooth appearance. Although it may require some additional effort, investing in creating the ideal surface for your wallpaper will pay off in the long run, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come. Avoid the regret of suboptimal results in your everyday living space. Take our advice: flatten the wall, and install a design that you truly love.