Wallpaper hacks: 9 DIY tips to get a professional finish

Two people, one hanging wallpaper on a bare wall, one using a pasting table
Wallpaper hacks are all about perfecting your technique (Image credit: Getty Images)

These clever and practical wallpaper hacks should make your DIY life just that little bit easier. It will also mean the next time you repaper or hang wallpaper you will know how to achieve that professional-looking finish. 

Knowing the basics of how to wallpaper is a great start, but introducing a few smart wallpaper hacks means you can take a step beyond the fundamentals. You won’t struggle removing old wallpaper, you’ll know how to get a smooth, clean and even finish every time and never see a gap in the seams of dark-coloured wallpaper. 

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.