Can You Put Lining Paper Over Wallpaper?

Can You Put Lining Paper Over Wallpaper?

Ready to ditch the dated wallpaper in your bedroom for something a little more modern? But you’re dreading having to hours removing little bits of wallpaper. So you think to yourself, can I just hang lining paper over my old wallpaper?

It’s a common question. And as a professional painter and decorator, I can understand why. There is nothing more tedious than stripping wallpaper off walls.

But the truth is, it’s always best to remove wallpaper from your walls before hanging lining paper. In this article, I will tell you why.

Also, I will share some pro tips on the best way to remove wallpaper and give my step-by-step guide to hanging lining paper.

Let’s get to it!

Man hanging lining paper on a wall

Can You Put Lining Paper Over Wallpaper On A Wall?

It’s certainly possible to hang lining paper over wallpaper. It will save you the time and hassle of having to strip the old wallpaper. But you’ll end up with a lower-quality finish and lining paper that is less durable.

So, while it’s possible, it’s more a question of, ‘Should you put lining paper over wallpaper on a wall?’. And the answer to that is almost always no.

Let’s discuss why.

For starters, when you lay lining paper over old wallpaper, you could activate the adhesive of the existing wallpaper. When this happens, you can create movement or bubbles in the wallpaper, creating an uneven surface to lay the lining paper. It’s like trying to build a house on a shaky foundation – it just doesn’t work. As a result, when papering over a bumpy surface, you’ll end up with a low-quality finish.

Also, when laying lining paper over existing wallpaper, you need to make sure there are zero tears or damages on the wallpaper. That’s because if there are any imperfections in the surfaces, you’ll be laying your lining paper onto uneven surfaces, which is less than ideal for painting and decorating.

Finally, when you lay lining paper over old wallpaper, you are trapping moisture between the layers of paper, which can promote the growth of mould and mildew.

As you can see there are many reasons why you shouldn’t lay lining paper over existing wallpaper, and very few reasons why should. So, don’t cut corners. Remove the wallpaper before laying the lining paper.

Can You Put Lining Paper Over Textured Wallpaper?

Putting lining paper over textured wallpaper is never a good idea.


For starters, the texture or pattern of the old wallpaper might show through on top of the lining paper if you don’t remove it first. That’s because the adhesive will only stick to the highest points of the textured paper, so the lining paper won’t be able to fully adhere to existing wallpaper, leading to inconsistencies in the surface. Floral patterned walls, anyone

Even if the pattern or texture of your old wallpaper doesn’t show through right after you lay the new lining paper, it will show through if someone leans on the wall.

Also, the lining paper might tear when you lay it due to the texture of the existing wallpaper underneath.

As a result, it’s always better to strip old paper before laying lining paper and painting.

Professional removing wallpaper from wall with a steamer

How Do Professionals Remove Wallpaper

Removing wallpaper is like trying to untangle earphones – it’s tedious, frustrating, and often involves a lot of groaning.

But fear not!

I’m here to tell you how to remove wallpaper like the pros. You won’t need to try any of those silly ‘chemical hacks’ you’ll come across online. Nor will you need to spend hours on end removing wallpaper off your walls.

Follow my tips and have your walls stripped in no time. If you wand professionals to help strip or hang your wallpaper, you can contact our expert wallpaper hangers in London.

Tools and materials you’ll need

Removing wallpaper is a relatively simple DIY task. To remove existing wallpaper, all you’ll need is:

  • Wallpaper steamer
  • Scraper

Steps to remove wallpaper

  1. Assemble your wallpaper steamer using the instructions you’ll find in the box.
  2. Before stripping the wallpaper, make sure you have both the steamer and scraper to hand.
  3. In one hand, hold your steamer against the edge of the wall for about 30 seconds until the wallpaper starts peeling.
  4. With the scraper in your other hand, begin scrapping the wallpaper off the wall. The wallpaper will come off the wall with little pressure.
  5. Repeat this process across the entire wall. It’s best to work in sections to ensure you don’t miss any little bits of wallpaper.
Painter and decorator hanging lining paper on a wall and smoothing it out with a brush

Is It Easy To Put Up Lining Paper?

It’s not super difficult to hang lining paper. You’ll just need to spend a little time preparing the surfaces beforehand.

Let’s cover a step-by-step on hanging lining paper:

How To Hang Lining Paper?

Tools and Materials You Will Need

When lining your wall with paper, you’ll need the following tools and materials to complete the job:

  • Lining paper
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust sheets
  • Wallpaper smoother
  • Wallpaper pasting brush
  • Tape measure
  • Wallpaper scissors
  • Bucket for mixing wallpaper paste
  • Large sponge
  • A seam roller
  • Filling knife
  • Pencil
  • Step bench
  • Primer


As with most things, if you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Hanging lining paper is no different.

So, make sure you complete each of the following preparation tasks before applying the lining paper to your walls:

  1. Cleaning your walls is the first step. You want to remove any dust and dirt from your wall. To do this, use your large sponge dipped in soapy water.
  2. Repair any cracks in your surface using your filler to fill any areas. When the filler has dried, take your sandpaper and lightly sand the entire wall to ensure it is flat and smooth.

Measure And Cut The Lining Paper

Before hanging your lining paper, you will need to cut it down to size. Here’s how:

  1. Measure the length of your wall from top to bottom with your tape measure.
  2. Take note of the wall’s length. You want to add 4 inches to this measurement to allow for trimming at the ceiling and skirting boards.
  3. Roll out your lining paper flat on a clean surface and use a pencil to mark where you need to cut the lining paper.
  4. Use your wallpaper scissors to cut the lining paper down to size.

Hang The Lining Paper

If you’ve followed each of the last steps, your walls are ready to be lined.

Let’s get to it:

  1. The first step to line your walls is to mix your wallpaper paste. For this, use your mixing bucket and follow the instructions on the packaging of the wallpaper paste.
  2. Apply the wallpaper adhesive to the back of the lining paper with a brush. When you apply the paste, you want to cover the entire surface of the lining paper.
  3. Now, your lining paper is ready to be hung. Carefully position the lining paper in a horizontal position in the corner of the wall.
  4. Take your wallpaper smoother to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles, working from the centre towards the edges.
  5. Continue to unroll the lining paper, smoothing it out as you go, until you reach the other side of the wall.
  6. Once the lining paper is fully hung, use your scissors to trim any excess.
  7. Allow 24-48 hours for the lining paper to dry fully.
  8. If you are planning to paint or wallpaper over your lining paper, choose a primer and apply it to the surface before painting or handing wallpaper.