Preparing The Room
Ideally the room you’re going to decorate would be completely empty, eliminating the possibility of any damage to your furniture and providing plenty of space to work. If this is not a possibility, then may we suggest:
- Move smaller pieces of furniture in to other rooms
- Move large objects into the middle of the room and cover with protective sheets. Handy Tip: When moving any furniture items with drawers or shelves, empty them first. If the furniture has loose drawers or shelving, take them out, so they don’t fall and get damaged when you move the furniture piece.
- Clear your walls (television, paintings and photographs etc). If you plan to put them back in the same position you will need to mark where the drill-holes are. Handy Tip: Place a toothpick or matchstick in each hole to mark the location. This will also prevent you from accidentally filling in the holes when you prepare the walls for wallpaper.
The Fearless Amongst You!
If you’re fearless and planning to wallpaper the ceiling, your room should be completely empty so you can work without obstruction. Ceiling lamps and fans should be removed. It is highly recommended that you have an electrician do this. You will also need to consider the need for a portable light source whilst you decorate, should you go ahead and remove the lamps.
What Goes Up Must Come Down – Protect Your Floors
Definitely worth spending a little extra time and money to cover and protect your floors. Your floors could be bombarded with a multitude of substances, old wet wallpaper scraped from the walls, sanding dust, paint drops and wallpaper paste etc. It’s not just the mess that you need to contend with, it’s also about protecting your floors. An unprotected floor is easily damaged by falling tools or scraping ladders.
If you are unsure what to use to protect your furniture and floors, read this excellent article.
Depending on the condition of your walls, you may need to fill in some holes and then sand smooth and flat, ready for that beautiful new wallpaper.