A Guide to Installing Your Wall Mural

If you do not have access to a professional who can install your mural for you, you will have to learn how to do it yourself. This can be hard especially when you are working alone, but if you do it the right way, you will have breathtaking results.

However, we recommend you get another person to help you do it. Here are a few essential tips you could use while installing your mural to make sure that you do it right:

Before you start the work…

Make sure that, when you receive the package, all the items are in there. Also, before starting to trim the material, you should take a look at the panels and see if everything’s in order.

Keep in mind that, if the goods are defective, damaged, you can make a claim, but only within the first 20 days from the moment you bought the good, and only with the receipt – so make sure you keep it somewhere safe.

If you need to store it, keep in mind that you should store it flat, and the temperature needs to be controlled – it’s best to place it in a dry area. Make sure it will not be crushed by anything.

1. Be sure of the measurements

Before submitting your order, it would be prudent to go back and re-measure your walls to make sure that you got the dimensions right.

If your mural is going to cover the whole wall, it would be advisable to add an inch to the height and two to the width. It would be better if the wallpaper were larger by a few inches rather than smaller. Once you are sure, place your order and wait for the delivery.

2. Preparing the wall

If your wall is wet or dusty, use a dry cloth to wipe it till it is clean and dry. Or you can use a warm towel – this way, it will be easier for the mural to stick directly to the wall. There will be no dust or residue on the wall.

If the wall being covered has just been painted, you should wait until it is completely dry before installing the mural. You can consult with the painter or paint company on how long you should wait before it is completely dry.

You should also remove any electrical or telephone plates, as well as wall fixtures. The cracks in the wall should be filled and the bumps smoothed.

3. Gather your tools

You won’t need much, really.

Here’s a short list of the requirements:

  • Scissors, a penknife or anything else you can use for trimming
  • Rubber or plastic squeegee
  • Ladder
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pencil

4. Installing the panels

Typically, the mural will be divided into panels which will be numbered. It would be tough to fix it as one panel, especially if it were to cover the entire wall.

Muraledesign recommends that two people install the panels to make it easier.

The first thing is to peel off the wax paper. Fold the mural and peel it off for at least twelve inches. Fold the liner on itself.

Peeling off the whole liner might cause it to stick to itself.

Starting with panel number one, align the top of the mural with the top of the wall. It is advisable to start with the left and move towards the right to avoid misalignment and confusion.

Paste the mural on the wall carefully and run it with the squeegee to make sure that it is wholly pasted.

Afterward, peel off the remaining liner with both hands and repeat the process.

As the panels overlap by about half an inch, mark it on the installed panels and start fixing the next at the mark. Repeat the process until all the panel pieces are installed well on the wall.

Then, cut off the excess inches on the height using the ruler. Put it in the middle of the overlap and cut both of the layers with a razor (make sure it’s a sharp one), or with a knife. Now you have to peel the overlap and remove what’s in excess from the wall. Then, you’ll need to smooth the panels together, to make sure that the edges go together on the wall.

You can use the squeegee or rubber to make sure that the mural adheres well to the wall, and also to remove any air bubbles that may be trapped inside. When it’s completely there, all you have to do is cut back the excess from the ceiling, trim it and be careful at the wall edges.

Take your time and cut slowly. To get the best results, we recommend you to use a sharp blade. However, don’t forget to change it from time to time.