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Measuring your Walls

All of our wallpaper is priced in single roll (S/R) quantities. However, it is shipped and manufactured in double rolls (D/R) and sometimes triple rolls (T/R). Most double rolls are "Metric or European rolls," measure 20.5" wide and contain 56 square feet.

To start measuring, be sure you're using a steel tape measure (they're much more accurate).

  1. Measure the entire distance around the room in feet.
  2. Multiply this by the height of the walls to be covered.
  3. This gives you the total square footage of wall area to be covered.
  4. The number of European single rolls required will depend upon the pattern repeat. Always round up.
    • For a pattern repeat of 18 inches or less - Divide the result of Step 3 by 23.
    • For a pattern repeat between 19 and 25 inches - Divide the result of Step 3 by 20.
    • For a random match pattern - Divide the result of Step 3 by 28. Note that this allows for NO pattern matching or trimming.
    • You can also use our wallpaper calculator.
EUROPEAN DOUBLE-ROLLS
(Approximately 56 sq. ft. per double roll)
18 inches or less pattern repeat - Allow more for larger pattern repeats
Wall Size # of Rolls   Wall Size # of Rolls
50 square ft 2 double rolls   300 square ft 7 double rolls
100 square ft 3 double rolls   350 square ft 8 double rolls
150 square ft 4 double rolls   400 square ft 9 double rolls
200 square ft 5 double rolls   450 square ft 10 double rolls
250 square ft 6double rolls   500 square ft 11 double rolls


Quick Tip: If you don't deduct for windows, doors, and cabinets, you'll be sure to order enough wallpaper to complete your room, especially if you're measuring for a repeat pattern, which requires extra paper to match the pattern when hanging.

Run Number/ Dye Lot Number

Wallpaper is made in batches, runs, or dye lots. Each run is assigned a number. When a new batch of colors is mixed to produce another dye lot, a new number is issued. Because the colors may vary slightly from dye lot to dye lot, we guarantee that each pattern will match up to the first case (24 single rolls or 12 bolts of border). When a customer calls back to order more double rolls with a specific run number or dye lot number, we can request it but we cannot guarantee it. Because of this, we strongly encourage you to order enough wallpaper the first time you order.

Borders
All borders are manufactured, packaged, and sold by the full bolt. Most are priced by the bolt, but a few are priced by the yard. These must be purchsed in 5 yard increments because they are packaged in a 5 yard bolt. Width differs with each pattern. You may want to allow a foot or two extra to match the pattern accurately.

Bolts come in a variety of sizes. We indicate the size of every bolt we sell on its product detail page.
  • 5 yard bolt (15 feet) - This is the most common size.
  • 5.5 yard bolt (16 feet, 6 inches)
  • 11 yard bolt (33 feet)
  • 1 yard (3 feet) - This border is priced by the yard, but must be sold in 5 yard increments, because it's packaged in a 5 yard bolt.
  • Unit - Our border murals state they are sold by the "unit". The length of the unit is indicated on the image and on the page. Most are approximately 12 feet (144 inches).

Fabric
Fabric is sold only by the linear yard, in one-yard increments. It is meant to coordinate with wallcoverings and, therefore, may not match exactly.

Wall Liner
This smoothes out uneven/bumpy surfaces such as cement, paneling, or bricks. The liner we sell comes from our in-house wallpaper catalog, pattern #ALL9. It is HEAVY DUTY but it is not prepasted. It is a good underlayment for wallcovering or paint. A double roll covers 56 square feet. Wall liner is hung in horizontal strips unlike traditional wallpaper, which is normally hung vertically.

If you have any questions about measuring for wallpaper, you can call our Sales Department at 800-575-8016.

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