How Long Do I Have to Let the Wallpaper Dry Before Hanging the Border?


Generally Overnight

  • Jim Parodi, the proprietor of Parodi Palace Wallpapering, explains that, because wallpaper borders require a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive, wallpaper must fully dry before applying a border. Parodi says that wallpaper drying times vary, but wallpaper will generally be dry enough to accept a border application if it is allowed to dry overnight.

Drying Could Take Days

  • Interior design experts at Art House explain that drying times vary due to a number of factors. The surface of the wall, the adhesive used, environmental conditions and even the type of wallpaper itself can affect the drying time required before wallpaper can accept the vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive required for a border. Art House recommends allowing wallpaper to dry for two to seven days before hanging a border.

Bottom Line

  • A variety of factors can affect how long wallpaper takes to dry, and some wallpaper can take as long as seven days before it is ready to accept the special adhesive necessary for hanging a border. Wallpaper is generally ready to accept a border, however, after drying overnight.

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