If your goal is to make your room cozy, quiet and warm, to give it a touch of luxury, but at the same time not to splurge on repairs, then the best option would be to use carpet wallpaper (tufted wallpaper). Their variety is amazing, they differ in a lot of advantages, and almost everyone can handle gluing. But in order to achieve the highest quality result, you first need to know how to choose the right carpet wallpaper, and how to glue it.
Carpet wallpaper is made on the basis of fabric, where synthetic pile is woven with needles. The result is a material that is somewhat reminiscent of a thin carpet, and the second name for this type of finish is tufting wallpaper (from English taft – pile).
Benefits of carpet wallpaper
Today carpet wallpapers are gaining more and more popularity, and this is due to a number of their positive qualities:
soundproofing. Due to the fleecy structure, such wallpapers can detain extraneous sounds, which is especially necessary for residents of panel houses, those who have noisy neighbors, as well as those who live near busy highways. Carpet wallpaper is capable of absorbing almost all extraneous sounds and providing maximum comfort and coziness in the room;
thermal insulation is also excellent due to the unique structure of the tufted wallpaper. They are often used in cold corner rooms, and you can do without additional thermal insulation materials, according to experts;
water resistance is inherent in carpet wallpaper due to the fact that they are made of synthetic material. They almost do not absorb moisture, dry quickly, and at the same time do not peel off, do not change color;
durability. Subject to correct installation and operation, tufting wallpaper can delight you for at least 15 years, and this at any humidity;
- carpet wallpaper is not affected by mold, as it is a completely synthetic material;
- such wallpapers do not change color over time, because they are not afraid of the influence of sunlight. Moreover, they show great resistance to mechanical damage, and their care is simple;
ease of installation;
a huge assortment of carpet wallpaper will allow everyone to choose the most suitable option that will fit into the interior of any room. In addition, many manufacturers of such coverings today also offer individual production of tufted wallpaper to satisfy any customer’s request.
Disadvantages of carpet wallpaper
There are, of course, fewer minuses of this coating than pluses, but they are still there. So, the main disadvantages are:
carpet wallpaper is a synthetic material with all the ensuing consequences;
- the coating accumulates dust, which can then cause allergies, and that is why it is better not to use tufting wallpaper for allergy sufferers and asthmatics;
the accumulation of static electricity, even despite the fact that many manufacturers today impregnate their products with special substances;
the need for constant care: all procedures, although simple, will have to be performed regularly;
the ability to accumulate odors, therefore, in the kitchen, even with its waterproof and fire resistance, wallpaper cannot be used.
How to choose carpet wallpaper?
The choice of carpet wallpaper can start with the selection of pattern and color. In this case, you need to be guided by your personal preferences, the chosen interior design, as well as the characteristics of the room. For small rooms, carpet wallpaper should be selected with great care, so as not to visually reduce the already modest space. In this case, light monochromatic wallpaper is suitable, or with a minimum presence of medium-sized drawings. Carpet wallpapers of rich and dark shades, with large ornaments, will ideally fit into the interior of large rooms: the room will become much more comfortable.
If the windows face south, then the wallpaper can be selected in cold shades: blue, light blue, gray, green. Rooms with windows to the north and with insufficient lighting are best decorated with wallpaper in light and warm shades: peach, sand, yellow, beige. Be careful, because carpet wallpapers will not fit well into every style of interior: they are unacceptable for high-tech and minimalism, but nothing will look good in a classic interior.
When choosing carpet wallpaper, pay attention to the packaging: it must be complete, and each roll must be in polyethylene. Choose material from the same batch so that the pattern and color are identical. Otherwise, at first glance, the same wallpaper in the room will not look very aesthetically pleasing.
It is good if the manufacturer provides instructions for gluing wallpaper. In addition, it will not be superfluous to inquire about all the necessary certificates for products in order to receive a guarantee of quality and safety. Too low a price should also alert you, so it is better to purchase wallpaper from trusted manufacturers and sellers.
Today, carpet wallpapers are most often used in residential premises, but they are also found in restaurants, beauty salons, and shops. In the home, they are best used in bedrooms or living rooms, especially when they are in cold corners. For children’s rooms, carpet wallpapers are not very suitable, because they will accumulate a lot of dust, which can cause the development of allergies.
How to glue carpet wallpaper?
Almost anyone can handle the installation of carpet wallpaper: the main thing is to follow all instructions and be extremely attentive and accurate. So, you need this set of tools:
container for making glue;
- a brush for applying glue;
- a knife or scissors for cutting wallpaper;
- laser level;
- roller or brush for smoothing glued wallpaper.
Before gluing, it is necessary to prepare the surface of the walls: remove old wallpaper or paint. It is worth noting that carpet wallpaper can hide even significant defects in the form of cracks and pits, but if the surface condition is already very bad, and the number of irregularities is huge, then additional processing is indispensable. To level the surface, you can use putty or plaster, and after it dries, sand the surface with sandpaper.
You can’t do without priming the walls, because carpet wallpaper is a rather heavy finishing material, and it is necessary to maximize the adhesion of them and the wall. To do this, you can use either a special primer or prepare a solution of wallpaper glue. After applying the primer, you must wait until it is completely dry, and only then you can proceed directly to gluing.
Now you can start cutting wallpaper, and it is better to cut it for all walls of the room. To do this correctly, you must first measure the height of the walls, and it is better to do this at different points in the room, because there are very few geometrically ideal rooms at the moment. Do not forget about the need to make allowances, as well as combine the pattern, if any. Usually the manufacturer indicates the step of the pattern on the packaging, and it is this parameter that should be taken into account when combining the ornament.
The glue is best used for either carpet wallpaper or vinyl wallpaper. The main thing is that it can withstand a decent weight of this finishing material. Prepare it according to the instructions, adding glue powder to a certain amount of water. When the glue is ready and a little swollen, you can start working.
The glue is applied to the wall, and not to the wallpaper itself, unless otherwise stated in the instructions for the selected wallpaper. It is better to glue the strip from top to bottom, gently holding and smoothing from the center to the edges, so that folds and air bubbles do not form. It will be more convenient to work with tufting wallpaper together. When the first strip is firmly glued, you can proceed to the installation of the next one, which is glued end-to-end. The seam between them is then rolled so that it is as invisible as possible.
To get the most aesthetic result, it is best to mark the wall. A distance equal to the width of the wallpaper is set aside from the corner, and a strictly vertical line is drawn with the help of a level and a pencil. These lines can be drawn all over the wall to keep the wallpaper as simple as possible.
Now all that remains is to wait for everything to dry thoroughly. But in the future, it is important not to forget about caring for carpet wallpaper. They will have to be cleaned regularly with a vacuum cleaner, and sometimes special carpet products should be used. If the installation of the wallpaper is done correctly, and its care is appropriate, then the tufting wallpaper will delight you with its attractive appearance for many years.
Carpet wallpaper, being as simple as possible to install, has unique performance characteristics, and can become reliable heat and sound insulation. In order to admire this beautiful coating for many years, you just need to choose the right one and carefully stick them.