Can you wallpaper over wallpaper? We tell you what you need to know

Hands on wallpaper roll over top of wallpaper on wall
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Can you wallpaper over wallpaper? Why not, it saves a lot of time and effort and you can have your smart new wallpaper up in no time at all. But while it might look good to start with, if you haven’t done the right prep, it could start to look shoddy pretty quickly.

Knowing how to wallpaper is key to making sure that your wallpaper stays put when covering old wallpaper. But even with these key skills in your arsenal you still need to make a judgement call on whether or not to go ahead. Here we look at the questions you need to consider before you start and tell you how to prepare your old wallpaper ready for your new wallpaper. 

Can you wallpaper over wallpaper? Yes, but it's not as simple as you think 

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.