Cubby House Wallpaper Information & Care
CUBBY HOUSE WALLPAPER: INSTALLATION
Before installing our wallpaper, it is imperative that you thoroughly read our product information and safety policy.
We suggest two people to hang your wallpaper.
- A step ladder
- A squeegee (provided with your wallpaper)
- A metal ruler
- A sharp Stanley knife
Note: Installing your cubby house wallpaper is the same as installing a wallpaper on a full wall.
- We recommend that all cubby house wallpaper be applied to a smooth clean surface on top of the cubby walls. As most cubbies are made of timber planks, they are not smooth enough or sealed for the wallpapers adhesive side to be protected from dust, wind etc.
- We suggest corfluet or smooth ply be cut to size and then drilled in to the cubby back wall to become the base for the wallpaper.
- If you'd like your wallpaper to be removable in high weather events you are able to secure the surface temporarily with grip tape. If this is the method you choose please regularly check that your surface is secure before young children play in the cubby house.
1. Check the wall for any defects (e.g. pictures hooks, remove and fill any holes). Also remove any switch plates/power point/light switch covers.
2. Remove oil, dirt and dust from your wall. Give the wall a wipe over with a wet cloth or sugar soap for older walls. Allow to dry completely for 24 hours. Do not use cleaning products. The wall must be smooth and clean before application. Bubbles may occur if you have not cleaned your walls adequately before application.
3. Start from the left-hand side of the wall, with the wallpaper panel numbered ('1') (see reverse of wallpaper). Work sequentially through the numbered panels. Ensure you have the wallpaper the correct way up (see reverse marked ‘TOP’). You must take your time, as panel 1 needs to be correctly positioned; it sets the tone for your entire wall.
4. When you are ready to stick the wallpaper on, lay the wallpaper flat on the floor and peel back the backing sheet around 10cm and crease/ fold back so that the peel sits flat (do not peel the entire backing sheet off yet).
5. Start sticking the 10cm of exposed wallpaper and ensure that it’s level across your top cornice (if you have cornice) or ceiling. NOTE: Sometimes your ceiling may not be perfectly square, so you may need to overhang the wallpaper above the cornice and trim later. Your adjoining wall, also may not be perfectly square, therefore, you may need to overhang the wallpaper slightly over the left-hand edge and trim later. Smooth it onto the wall firmly with the squeegee provided.
6. Now it’s time to the remove the backing sheet. Remember: make sure that it’s in exactly the right position before continuing. Don’t stick until you are comfortable that you have it in the right position. Now is the time to adjust the wallpaper if you are not happy with your positioning. Very slowly and evenly peel back the backing sheet. Continue as you go, to smooth on firmly with your squeegee. Your assistant can slowly remove the backing sheet during this phase while you smooth it on firmly. Work your way down and outwards to remove any bubbles. Let this happen naturally, do not try to stretch or force it into place. Bubbles can occur if you have not pushed it down firmly.
7. You should not have too many wrinkles or bubbles if you’ve followed the above instructions, but sometimes it happens and if it does, don’t worry, just rub them out gently with your squeegee and/or reposition your wallpaper. If bubbles keep appearing, it can be due to the installation instructions not being followed. Bubbles that appear within 24 hours after the installation and where the wallpaper was initially smooth, generally will also disappear on their own within 2 weeks. If needed, bubbles can be pierced with a pin, and the wallpaper smoothed down again.
Note: Your wallpaper should never need to be creased. If you find that it is creasing stop pressure immediately, lift the wallpaper and re smooth firmly but carefully.
8. Apply all additional panels as per panel 1. All additional panels have a 1cm overlap, simply align the image at the top while your assistant aligns the image at the bottom. Remember to match the pattern/image perfectly on both panels before you stick.
9. Only when all panels have been adhered, use a sharp Stanley knife to remove any excess wallpaper and cut around any switch plates or obstacles using relief cuts. One relief cut is required at right angles. Four cuts will be required around rectangular obstacles e.g. electrical outlets. You should have overhang at base and on the end/final panel that you need to trim (and sometimes you may have overhang above the cornice and along the left-hand edge that you also need to trim).
Our wallpaper is re-positionable, so if you feel you have made a mistake, you can simply peel it off slowly and gently and realign it. Do not trim/ cut the wallpaper until you have installed the whole wall and are happy with the finished product.
Our wallpaper is both removable and reusable, however, the adhesive may weaken if exposed to oil, dirt and/or dust. We would suggest keeping the backing sheets, if you are moving to a new house/ repositioning; stick the wallpaper back on to the backing sheet and roll carefully for easy transport. Please note – our wallpaper is made to measure, so if you move the wallpaper to a new location, it may not fit the new wall dimensions, as wall width and height vary.
Please note: If you are not comfortable or are having issues installing your wallpaper, professional installers can be found locally. We do not recommend you DIY your wallpaper if you are not comfortable in the process.
To remove the wallpaper, simply pull slowly and carefully at a 180-degree angle. Do not rip off forcefully and quickly.
We cannot guarantee a damage-free removal in all cases (e.g. sometimes paint can peel away from filler joins), as there is such a huge variety in wall preparation and paint quality. The better the walls have been prepared and painted, the less likely damage will occur when you remove your wallpaper.