Bubbles in wallpaper: Causes and how to get rid of them

Hand putting on wallpaper paste on wall with brush
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There’s nothing worse than bubbles in wallpaper appearing after you've hung your wallpaper. You've put in a lot of time and effort, only for them to spoil what should have been a smooth, smart looking finish. But, don’t panic, getting rid of them isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Knowing the ins and outs of how to wallpaper will help reduce the chances of bubbles appearing in your wallpaper, but it’s not a guarantee. We are here to tell you the reasons behind bubbles in wallpaper and offer solutions to help you say goodbye to bubbles forever.  

Bubbles in wallpaper: what causes it to happen 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.