Wallpaper for Uneven Walls

rough concrete wall

Can I Put Wallpaper on Rough or Uneven Walls?

The answer is yes. However, the secret to camouflaging flaws with wallpaper lies in the type of wallpaper and design you select!  But the real key to success is in the wall preparation.

Repair Any Cracks and Holes

It is essential to fill any cracks and holes that may be present. This can be done using a suitable filler available at any hardware store. Also available for purchase are ‘Wall-repair kits’, which are ideal for repairing holes in drywall. If the wall surfaces are really poor, consider getting them skimmed with a layer of plaster, or use a thick grade of lining paper to provide a smooth surface for the wallpaper.

yellow wall someone using filler on holes

For more details on how to repair your walls, read: How To Prepare a Wall for Wallpaper

Wallpaper Texture and Pattern

A smooth, solid coloured wallpaper will not do the job. The imperfections in the wall will almost certainly show through. What you’re going to need is a wallpaper with a three dimensional texture or pattern. Paintable textured wallpaper is an ideal choice, particularly those that are embossed.

anaglypta wallpaper

It is advisable to remember, the more rough or uneven the wall surface, the better quality the wallpaper must be! Whilst better quality typically means a higher price, because textured wallpapers are thicker and more durable than standard lining papers, you can repaint them repeatedly, providing excellent value for the money spent.

There is such a wide selection of patterns available, you will have no problem finding a pattern that works perfectly with other wall surfaces in your home.

What are Textured Wallpapers Made Of?

Anaglypta is a range of paintable textured wallcoverings made from paper or vinyl. They are produced in both the traditional ‘Paste the Paper’ wallpapers and ‘Paste-the-wall’ papers.


Paintable vinyl wallpaper is a highly durable paper, it is easy to paint and easy to clean. It’s high durability means it can withstand frequent repainting, allowing you to update the look of your home as often as you desire.

Pure Paper

This type of paintable textured wallpaper is usually made up of two or three layers of paper in order to create an embossed look. The layers help to increase the longevity of the textured pattern. Two layered papers are known as ‘Duplex’ papers, whilst three layered papers are known as ‘Triplex’.

person painting anaglypta wallpaper with roller


As with duplex papers it has two layers, but sandwiched between the paper layers is a layer of wood chips. If cost is a factor, then Woodchip would be the way to go as they are typically cheaper than other types of wallpaper. Woodchips’ thick texture and porous material make it hard wearing and an excellent surface for paint.

If you want to simplify the wallpapering process, we recommend you use the new and more efficient method of hanging wallpaper.

person hanging wallpaper using wallpaperbuddy

Our brand new tool WallpaperBuddy™ makes wallpapering easy. WallpaperBuddy™ holds wallpaper away from the wall at an ideal angle for aligning and smoothing, and helps to reduce bubbles and creases. Its telescopic design allows you to progress down the wall easily and efficiently, working with both hands free the entire time. At a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional, why not give WallpaperBuddy™ a try.

How to Use WallpaperBuddy™

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For more wallpapering advice, read some of our many ‘How To’ articles prepared for you:

Can You Wallpaper Textured Walls?

How to Measure and Cut Wallpaper 

Installing Wallpaper On New Plaster