How to Decide How High to Hang Wallpaper Border

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Wallpaper borders can add a nice touch to any room. But before you paste, wait. You want to make sure that you are hanging it at the right height because you will be living with it for a long time. I hung the wallpaper border in my daughter's room starting at 43 inches from the floor, but a different height may be appropriate depending on the room and your taste. Just consider these factors before it's too late.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper border
  • Level
  • Measuring stick
  • Pencil
  • Your first thought may be to hang it around the top. This is where it is least likely to be noticed. You wouldn't hang pictures touching the ceiling, would you? Also, if the border doesn't fit all the way around the room, think what a pain it would be to measure and cut it lengthwise to fit above the door or closet.

  • The border should go at least a couple of inches above tables and beds. If it is a baby's room, it should go above the crib.

  • If you plan to hang pictures, hold them up to the wall and decide where you want to hang them. Make sure the border is fully below the pictures. Don't hang it above the pictures. This will create a strip of wall around your room.

  • Start measuring and marking!

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are feeling adventurous, you can add interest to a room by painting the wall over the border one color and the wall below the border another color. Just be sure that the colors both match the border and do no clash with each other.
  • Measure down from the ceiling rather than up from the floor to avoid baseboards.
  • When marking the wall, use both a level to measure across and a measuring stick to measure height in order to make sure you are accurate.

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