Health & Safety at Work First

health and safety

Before you start any decorating work you should always follow health and safety guidelines.

Often referred to as HASAW or HSW, this Act of Parliament is the main piece of UK health and safety legislation. It places a duty on all employers “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees.

The HSE is the UK government body responsible for enforcing health and safety at work legislation. The HSE also plays a major role in producing advice on health and safety issues, and guidance on relevant legislation. The role of enforcement is split between HSE and local authorities depending on the business sector.

In addition, HSE conducts research into the effectiveness of regulations and other health and safety issues, consults with employers and employees representatives, and advises legislators and government on health and safety.

The HSE website contains a wealth of information and guidance on maintaining health and safety at work, and detailed advice on complying with health and safety regulations.



wallpaper hanging

When is comes to decorating, wallpapering would normally be the last stage of the job, by this time you would’ve almost certainly painted the doors, ceilings, skirting boards first and wallpapering would normally come after. With wallpaper, you can change the colour theme, the texture of your walls and pattern straight away.

With wallpaper nowadays you can get the typical paste the back of the wallpaper or paste the wall and stick the paper on the walls. You would be best to use vinyl when wallpapering a kitchen as you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Tools & Materials / Planning

Move furniture and soft furnishings out of the room and cover anything that cannot be moved with dust sheets. You can paper over most wallpaper if it is in good condition but you should not paper over relief or washable paper, you should remove this. Expect the area/room to get messy.

If the wallpaper that is already there is in bad condition then remove it and line the walls. If the surfaces have paint, you can directly paper over the surfaces but you should wash them with soap first as the walls must be clean, dry and smooth.

How many rolls will I need to decorate my rooms?

Good question, And I can help.

We have provided a simple chart below which you can use to estimate the amount of wallpaper you will need, a standard roll of wallpaper is about 10m long and about 530mm wide. You can use the table below in conjunction with the distance around the room but include windows and doors as this will help and allow for any wastage.

Follow this simple table below to get an idea of how much paper you should need.

Distance around the room Wall height 2.3 – 2.4m Wall height 2.4 – 2.6m Wall height 2.6 – 2,7m
10m 5 5 6
12m 6 6 7
14m 7 7 8
16m 8 8 9
18m 9 9 10
20m 10 10 11

Tip: Make sure to check if you are buying a patterned wallpaper to check the batch number and this will ensure the pattern matches up properly.

Tip: For uneven surfaces, ensure you use lining paper, works the same way as normal wallpaper but you must leave it to fully dry before hanging the wallpaper. This can take 12 hours to dry properly.

Tip: Ensure you hire a professional decorator to do it for complete satisfaction.

Safety Tips & Planning Provided By The Painting Specialist

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