Get quotes to hang wallpaper in your home

Are you thinking about hanging wallpaper in your home?

If you are, you’ll doubtless be thinking about the cost of getting a professional decorator to come in and complete the project for you. While you can hang wallpaper yourself, to get a quality finish it’s always worth at least considering using a specialist decorator – they’ll get your decorating sorted quickly and to a better standard than you could achieve on your own. The average cost of a painter and decorator in the UK is £180 per day and it will take that long to wallpaper an average sized room. 

So, to help you with how much it’s likely to cost you to get wallpaper hung in your home, we’ve come up with this comprehensive price guide, covering just how much the prices will generally be, across a range of different scenarios. We’ll cover the costs for wallpapering different sized rooms and adding a feature wall, as well as including some information on the cost of the materials you’ll need and the preparation of the walls.

How much does wallpapering cost in 2022?

So, how much should you expect to pay a painter and decorator for your next wallpapering project? In the table to the right, you can see our table with the prices you could pay across the country. As labour costs differ from region to region, the overall cost of the project will therefore depend on where you live.

Of course, this is only a rough guide. The cost to the right is for wallpapering a medium sized room – roughly 20m2. We’ve also assumed that your walls are in relatively good condition, as preparation can add to the cost, and that you’ve chose averagely priced wallpaper. Some wallpaper can be very expensive – more on that later. 

Remember that wallpapering, like many other decorating projects, is often included as part of a set of other jobs, like painting skirting boards and architrave, glossing doors and radiators, or even painting the ceiling. It’ll generally be more cost effective to get these jobs all done at the same time, so think carefully about all the work you want to get done.

Wallpapering a room

When it comes to wallpapering a room, the cost will largely depend on the size of the room, of course. As we’ve said, a medium room could be in the region of £280-£400, while a large room could cost as much as £500-£600 for wallpapering. A small room could be as little as £150. Also expect to pay a small amount more if your room has features like a chimney breast or cut outs in the walls, as these will make the job a bit trickier.

Adding a feature wall or border

Another common wallpapering project is adding a feature wall or border, or other kind of feature wallpaper. A feature wall is where you only wallpaper one room, usually in a prominent position in the room and using a striking wallpaper, often with an eye-catching pattern. A border refers to running just one strip of wallpaper around a room, usually around the middle but you could also do vertical strips of wallpaper for decorative effects.

The price for a project like this will vary depending on the amount of wall you’d like to cover. But, in general, you should expect to pay between £100-£200 to add a feature wall, and a similar amount to add any other kind of feature wallpaper to your home.

Cost of wallpaper

Unlike with painting projects where the cost of materials is generally a lower proportion of the project, wallpapering materials can be quite costly. Because of this, your choice of wallpaper can add quite a lot to the overall price, with some rolls up to £140 per roll, while there are a lot of budget options available at only £10-£20 per roll. Obviously, if you choose an expensive wallpaper, the cost of that wallpaper will add to the price of your project. Expect to have to buy at least 3-4 rolls for a small to medium sized room, with some large rooms needing 8-10 rolls to cover the entire space.

Price of wallpaper in the UK
Wallpaper Price
Wallpaper direct £11.99
John Lewis wallpaper £76
Farrow & Ball wallpaper £137

Because of this, it’s worth spending the time to browse wallpaper selections before you speak to a decorator, to get an idea of the kinds of wallpaper that’s available at the price you want to pay. The more expensive wallpaper materials are often textured, and are available in styles like:

  • Flock

  • Bamboo

  • Fabric

  • Vinyl

  • Embossed

  • Foil

Do also bear in mind that while many wallpaper rolls are a standard size, some are not, so you may have to convert the roll sizes to properly compare the costs.

Cost to prepare the walls

On top of the materials cost, and the price for hanging the wallpaper, you may also have to pay towards the preparation of the walls themselves. Whether you’ll have to pay for this work depends on the condition of the walls – if they’re in good condition, with no cracks and smooth plaster, hanging wallpaper will be an easier job. However, if cracks need to be filled or plaster needs to be smoothed, expect to pay another £100-£200 for this work.

If you already have wallpaper in the room, it’s possible to hang new wallpaper over the top. However, this can sometimes lead to an uneven surface or joins showing through as unsightly lines, so speak to a professional decorator to get a view on what’s possible for your space.

Stripping wallpaper

Of course, while many wallpaper projects are about hanging new wallpaper, in some cases people have wallpaper in a room that they’d like to remove. You can remove wallpaper yourself by renting or buying a steamer and scraping or peeling it away, but be careful as this can damage the walls, leaving you with a costly repair bill.

If you’d prefer to entrust wallpaper removal to a professional, either as a standalone job or as part of a bigger decorating project, expect to pay around £100 per room for the removal. This work may be done either on a day or hourly rate, so speak to a number of different pros to get quotes and choose the one that best meets your needs.


Estimates for common painter & decorator jobs;

Job Estimate
Cost to wallpaper a room £550 per room
Cost to paint and decorate a house interior £3700
Cost to paint house exterior £1600
Cost to paint the hallway, stairs and landing £800
Cost to paint and decorate a room £450

Rates for other trades

Wallpapering cost in the UK
Wallpapering cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKWallpapering cost
Wallpapering near Aberdeen£325
Wallpapering near Amber Valley£314
Wallpapering near Arun£361
Wallpapering near Ashfield£321
Wallpapering near Aylesbury Vale£348
Wallpapering near Barnsley£308
Wallpapering near Basildon£335
Wallpapering near Basingstoke & Deane£344
Wallpapering near Bassetlaw£308
Wallpapering near Bath & North East Somerset£328
Wallpapering near Bedford£378
Wallpapering near Belfast£294
Wallpapering near Birmingham£310
Wallpapering near Blackburn£298
Wallpapering near Blackpool£300
Wallpapering near Bolton£308
Wallpapering near Bournemouth£316
Wallpapering near Bracknell Forest£349
Wallpapering near Bradford£307
Wallpapering near Braintree£330
Wallpapering near Breckland£303
Wallpapering near Bridgend£330
Wallpapering near Brighton£356
Wallpapering near Bristol£329
Wallpapering near Broadland£300
Wallpapering near Broxtowe£314
Wallpapering near Bury£309
Wallpapering near Caerphilly£324
Wallpapering near Calderdale£303
Wallpapering near Cambridge£340
Wallpapering near Canterbury£297
Wallpapering near Cardiff£324
Wallpapering near Carmarthenshire£274
Wallpapering near Charnwood£315
Wallpapering near Chelmsford£326
Wallpapering near Cheltenham£339
Wallpapering near Cherwell£363
Wallpapering near Chester£287
Wallpapering near Colchester£316
Wallpapering near Conway£286
Wallpapering near Coventry£306
Wallpapering near Crewe & Nantwich£303
Wallpapering near Dacorum£351
Wallpapering near Derby£312
Wallpapering near Doncaster£298
Wallpapering near Dover£298
Wallpapering near Dudley£307
Wallpapering near Dundee£284
Wallpapering near East Ayrshire£319
Wallpapering near East Devon£297
Wallpapering near East Dunbartonshire£314
Wallpapering near East Hampshire£323
Wallpapering near East Hertfordshire£344
Wallpapering near East Lindsey£300
Wallpapering near East Riding£348
Wallpapering near Eastleigh£327
Wallpapering near Edinburgh£332
Wallpapering near Elmbridge£348
Wallpapering near Epping Forest£348
Wallpapering near Erewash£312
Wallpapering near Exeter£318
Wallpapering near Falkirk£301
Wallpapering near Fife£332
Wallpapering near Flintshire£292
Wallpapering near Gateshead£310
Wallpapering near Gedling£323
Wallpapering near Glasgow£314
Wallpapering near Gloucester£337
Wallpapering near Guildford£340
Wallpapering near Gwynedd£320
Wallpapering near Halton£297
Wallpapering near Harrogate£310
Wallpapering near Havant & Waterloo£321
Wallpapering near Highland£310
Wallpapering near Horsham£330
Wallpapering near Huntingdonshire£337
Wallpapering near Ipswich£296
Wallpapering near Isle of Wight£321
Wallpapering near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£329
Wallpapering near Kingston-upon-Hull£333
Wallpapering near Kirklees£307
Wallpapering near Knowsley£301
Wallpapering near Lancaster£306
Wallpapering near Leeds£311
Wallpapering near Leicester£314
Wallpapering near Lisburn£298
Wallpapering near Liverpool£302
Wallpapering near London£346
Wallpapering near Luton£349
Wallpapering near Macclesfield£313
Wallpapering near Maidstone£326
Wallpapering near Manchester£313
Wallpapering near Mid Bedfordshire£358
Wallpapering near Mid Sussex£335
Wallpapering near Middlesbrough£312
Wallpapering near Milton Keynes£368
Wallpapering near Neath Port Talbot£319
Wallpapering near New Forest£319
Wallpapering near Newbury£338
Wallpapering near Newcastle-under-Lyme£307
Wallpapering near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£311
Wallpapering near Newport£323
Wallpapering near North Ayrshire£311
Wallpapering near North East Lincolnshire£300
Wallpapering near North Hertfordshire£345
Wallpapering near North Lanarkshire£299
Wallpapering near North Lincolnshire£307
Wallpapering near North Somerset£328
Wallpapering near North Tyneside£312
Wallpapering near North Wiltshire£309
Wallpapering near Northampton£375
Wallpapering near Norwich£304
Wallpapering near Nottingham£318
Wallpapering near Nuneaton & Bedworth£311
Wallpapering near Oldham£311
Wallpapering near Oxford£358
Wallpapering near Perth & Kinross£550
Wallpapering near Peterborough£327
Wallpapering near Plymouth£328
Wallpapering near Poole£316
Wallpapering near Portsmouth£320
Wallpapering near Powys£270
Wallpapering near Preston£296
Wallpapering near Reading£347
Wallpapering near Redcar & Cleveland£298
Wallpapering near Reigate & Banstead£344
Wallpapering near Renfrewshire£328
Wallpapering near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£311
Wallpapering near Rochdale£310
Wallpapering near Rotherham£306
Wallpapering near Salford£312
Wallpapering near Salisbury£322
Wallpapering near Sandwell£307
Wallpapering near Scarborough£320
Wallpapering near Scottish Borders£310
Wallpapering near Sefton£304
Wallpapering near Sevenoaks£336
Wallpapering near Sheffield£306
Wallpapering near Slough£347
Wallpapering near Solihull£310
Wallpapering near South Ayrshire£324
Wallpapering near South Bedfordshire£378
Wallpapering near South Cambridgeshire£338
Wallpapering near South Gloucestershire£328
Wallpapering near South Kesteven£318
Wallpapering near South Lanarkshire£307
Wallpapering near South Oxfordshire£356
Wallpapering near South Somerset£300
Wallpapering near South Tyneside£311
Wallpapering near Southampton£325
Wallpapering near Southend-on-Sea£327
Wallpapering near St Albans£348
Wallpapering near St Helens£301
Wallpapering near Stafford£303
Wallpapering near Stockport£316
Wallpapering near Stockton-on-Tees£308
Wallpapering near Stoke-on-Trent£309
Wallpapering near Stratford-on-Avon£309
Wallpapering near Stroud£334
Wallpapering near Suffolk Coastal£296
Wallpapering near Sunderland£306
Wallpapering near Swale£323
Wallpapering near Swansea£308
Wallpapering near Tameside£313
Wallpapering near Teignbridge£314
Wallpapering near Tendring£307
Wallpapering near Test Valley£326
Wallpapering near Thamesdown£312
Wallpapering near Thanet£297
Wallpapering near The Wrekin£298
Wallpapering near Thurrock£337
Wallpapering near Torbay£320
Wallpapering near Trafford£311
Wallpapering near Vale of Glamorgan£332
Wallpapering near Vale of White Horse£343
Wallpapering near Vale Royal£289
Wallpapering near Wakefield£309
Wallpapering near Walsall£310
Wallpapering near Warrington£310
Wallpapering near Warwick£305
Wallpapering near Waveney£305
Wallpapering near Waverley£345
Wallpapering near Wealden£339
Wallpapering near West Lancashire£307
Wallpapering near West Lothian£323
Wallpapering near West Wiltshire£309
Wallpapering near Wigan£299
Wallpapering near Windsor & Maidenhead£348
Wallpapering near Wirral£300
Wallpapering near Wokingham£351
Wallpapering near Wolverhampton£308
Wallpapering near Wrexham Maelor£290
Wallpapering near Wychavon£302
Wallpapering near Wycombe£362
Wallpapering near York£313