How to hang lining paper: Pro tips for the perfect finish

Person putting up lining paper
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Are your walls in poor condition? Knowing how to hang lining paper can help transform them into smoother, better surfaces without having to do too much prep. Introducing lining paper helps hide imperfections and provides a platform that will get the best for your wallpaper.

If you know how to wallpaper then hanging lining paper isn’t too different. You need the same tools and the methods with a few subtle differences. But lining paper isn’t just used to prepare walls for wallpaper. It’s also used to provide a smooth texture free surface to paint.

Here we look at how to hang lining paper ready for both wallpapering and painting and help you decide on what grade you need.  

How to hang lining paper: the tools you’ll need 

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.