How Much Does It Cost to Install Wallpaper?

Typical Range:

$310 - $776

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Updated August 8, 2022

Written by HomeAdvisor.

The cost to install wallpaper in your home can range between $310 and $776, with an average cost of $528. Some factors that affect the final price include the size of your room or rooms, the wallpaper type, and whether your walls have minor damage like nail holes.

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National Average $528
Typical Range $310 - $776
Low End - High End $160 - $1,352

Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 2,538 HomeAdvisor members.

Cost to Hang Wallpaper

On average, the cost to hang wallpaper runs from about $25 to $35 per roll. Most pros will charge by the roll or foot. You’ll pay more if your wallpaper installer needs to repair wall imperfections like holes or if the type of wallpaper you choose is more difficult to hang, like grass cloth or hemp. Drywall installation costs an average of $1,900.

Per Roll

It costs $25 to $35 on average in labor costs to hang a single roll of wallpaper. The material cost per roll runs from about $10 to $100 or more.

Per Hour

Hourly rates vary between pros, but you can expect to pay from $25 to $80 per hour on average. Pros may charge more if they travel a long way to reach your home, have difficulty adhering your chosen paper to the walls, or if the installation area is tricky to access.

Per Square Foot

You’ll pay anywhere from $1 to $7 per square foot to install your wallpaper, in addition to the cost of the paper itself. Wallpaper is typically sold by the roll, not by the square foot.

Cost to Wallpaper a Room

The cost to buy and install wallpaper runs from around $4 to $10 per square foot. Custom wallpaper or high-end options will raise the price.

Room Sq. Ft. of Wall Area Average Cost Range
Bathroom260$1,040 – $2,600
Bedroom400$1,600 – $4,000
Dining Room600$2,400 – $6,000
Hallway200$800 – $2,000
Kitchen440$1,760 – $4,400
Living Room600$2,400 – $6,000

Wallpaper Prices by Material

The cost to install wallpaper can vary widely depending on what type of material you choose. For example, vinyl-coated wallpaper costs as little as $20 to $40 per roll, while bamboo wallpaper costs as much as $210 to $280 per roll.

Material Cost per Sq. Ft. Cost per Roll
Vinyl coated$0.80 – $1.50$20 – $40+
Wood pattern$1.10 – $3.30$30 – $90+
Foil$2.15 – $2.70$75 – $95
Wood pattern$1.10 – $3.30$30 – $90+
Textile$2.50 – $4.50$90 – $160
Fiberglass$3 – $5$100 – $180
Velvet$5 – $7$175 – $250
Bamboo$6 – $8$210 – $280
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Wallpaper Prices by Type

The specific type of wallpaper can also affect the cost. Some common types of wallpaper include peel and stick, prepasted, and water-resistant.

Wallpaper Type Cost per Roll
Peel and stick $20 – $45
Prepasted $20 – $80
Liquid $25 – $50
Printed $30 – $50
Water-resistant $45 – $75
Textured $50 – $1,390
Embossed $70 – $110
Mylar $80 – $230

Custom-Design Wallpaper Cost

Custom-design wallpaper costs anywhere from $5 per square foot to hundreds of dollars per panel. You can design your own paper online for around $5 per square foot, and help from a local interior designer will cost more. If you choose a custom, hand-painted chinoiserie panel for your space, expect to pay several hundred dollars.

Ceiling Wallpaper Prices

On average, ceiling wallpaper prices run from $1 to $3 per square foot, like standard wallpaper. But you may pay more labor costs to apply wallpaper to ceilings because of the harder-to-reach location.

Commercial Wallpaper Prices

Depending on the type of wallpaper you use, you’ll pay on average $1 to $3 per square foot for commercial wallpaper. But you typically purchase larger quantities of commercial paper, which can help cut down on the cost per square foot.

Wallpaper Price by Brand

The brand of paper you choose can also affect costs. Read below for a more in-depth discussion on the most popular wallpaper brands on the market today.

De Gournay 

De Gournay wallpaper is a high-end, hand-painted chinoiserie panel option for your walls. This luxurious paper varies in cost, depending on your purchase. Contact de Gournay to inquire about prices.

Gracie

Like de Gournay, Gracie wallpaper offers hand-painted chinoiserie panels at varying rates for your home. On average, a Gracie panel costs $550. These are high-end products and cost significantly more than standard home wallpaper materials.

Thibaut 

You can find designer Thibaut wallpaper for $35 to $90 per roll on average. Some retailers offer options for as much as $320 per roll. It comes in a variety of materials, including grass cloth, vinyl, cork, and metallic.

Phillip Jeffries 

Phillip Jeffries specializes in natural materials like raffia and grass and runs from about $25 to $150 per roll. For specific product pricing, such as the Phillip Jeffries rivets wallpaper, contact the manufacturer.

Calico

Calico wallpaper costs between $900 and $1,200 per roll. This customizable wallpaper brand specializes in unique patterns inspired by gradients, metallics, woven natural fibers, and even telescope imagery.

Zuber

Zuber wallpaper costs about $250 to $450 per roll. This French brand is known for woodblock-printed wallpapers and lush, European-inspired designs.

Pierre Frey

Pierre Frey wallpaper costs between $150 and $600 per roll. Another French wallpaper company, Pierre Frey offers wallpaper in various eclectic prints and styles.

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DIY Wallpaper Hanging vs. Hiring a Pro

Wallpaper hanging is a doable DIY project, especially for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. However, if you're worried about bubbles under the paper, off-center hanging, or any other imperfection, it's best to hire a pro to tackle this project. 

You can also pay a pro for the cost of removing wallpaper if you decide to change up your style. Pros can help with other decorative projects, like faux painting. Faux painting costs an average of $2,400.

How to Hang Wallpaper

The process of hanging wallpaper depends on the type of paper and the type of wall in your house, among other factors. To begin, smooth and prime the walls so there are no bumps or holes that could disrupt your paper. Then, decide how you want the wallpaper displayed on the wall and where you want any particular focal elements to appear.

For traditional wallpaper, apply the paste to the wallpaper first. If you're using peel and stick wallpaper, you can begin adhering to the wall right away. When applying the paper to the wall, go slowly and ensure you line up the seams closely. If there are any bubbles in your wallpaper, you can use a smoothing tool to smooth them out.

FAQs

How long does it take to install wallpaper?

Wallpaper installation can take anywhere from one to two days, depending on the size of the project. Prep work takes up much of this time frame. The paper will take a few days following installation to dry completely.

Does wallpaper ruin your wall?

Wallpaper shouldn’t damage your wall if applied and removed by a pro who knows what they’re doing or you follow instructions carefully when adhering the paper to your walls. The cost to remove wallpaper is about $790.

Is it cheaper to paint or wallpaper?

Paint is often less costly than wallpaper upfront. The cost to paint a house interior is about $2 to $6 per square foot. However, wallpaper can last longer over time if applied correctly.

Why is wallpaper so expensive?

Wallpaper is expensive because it typically requires professional installation, as well as the use of pricier materials. However, an inexpensive wallpaper can still be less costly than paying for a mural or luxury paint job. Talk to a wallpaper installer near you to budget for your project.

How much wallpaper do I need for one wall?

How much wallpaper you’ll need for one wall depends on the size of your room. In general, one roll of wallpaper covers about 35 square feet.

How long does wallpaper last?

Wallpaper can last up to 15 years when installed correctly and maintained. This means that it’s often more durable and long-lasting than standard paint.

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