Lining paper grades: What are they and which should I use?

Lining paper being hung on orange wall by man on step ladder
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Different lining paper grades serve different purposes, with some grades designed to cover hairline cracks and small imperfections, while others designed to cover more significant imperfections. Lining paper can also prevent wallpaper shrinkage and cover bold blocks of colour. So choose the right lining paper for these and other decorating scenarios and you will be getting a great finish when you paint or wallpaper.

One skill you will need to know when working with lining paper is how to wallpaper. Putting up lining paper is very similar to hanging wallpaper, with a few subtle differences. 

Lining paper comes in different grades allowing you to choose the right one to give the best coverage. Read on to find out what grade will be the best choice for your project.

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.