much wallpaper do you need to buy?
One of the main
reasons why more people don't install wallpaper seems to be
the concern that you will either order too much or too little,
and be left with a major problem. After all, if you find the
perfect wallpaper on clearance because it has been discontinued,
what if that 4 rolls isn't enough to wallpaper the living
And even if it
is wallpaper you will be able to order, you still want to
be sure you have enough wallpaper to complete the job. First,
there is the issue that you will then need to wait for your
new wallpaper order to come in. But there is also the worry
that your re-order could come in from a different lot number
- meaning a very slight, but usually obvious, color change
in the paper. However, you don't want to order too much and
end up with six rolls left over either, because many stores
will not accept wall paper returns when it has been ordered
Here is the guideline
for a standard room, so you can determine the adjusted square
footage for ordering wallpaper.
First, you want
to multiply the width by the length of your room. If your
room is 10x12, that would be 120 square feet.
For each standard-sized
door in your room, subtract 21 square feet.
For each standard
window, subtract 15 square feet.
If there are closets
you do not plan on wallpapering, measure the height and width
of your closet doors, multiple, and then subtract that square
footage from your total. You can do the same for any built
in fixtures in the room (such as a built in entertainment
When you order,
be sure to let them know this is the adjusted square footage,
which means you have taken into account the windows and doors
in the room.