What Is A Wallpaper Repeat
Paying attention to the wallpaper repeat is an often skipped yet important part of shopping for new wallcoverings. hy?
Because, it's beyond frustrating, for you or the installer, to start wallpapering a wall only to run out of paper halfway through.
Try looking at an unfinished wall for a whole week, while you wait for your next order to come in, and tell us if it's a pleasant experience.
The term wallpaper repeat describes the type of repeating drops pattern on the wallpaper. Some wallpapers have a very random repeat
pattern that you won’t need to watch and match as you apply the wallpaper. Other wallpapers have very regimented repeat designs that
need to be matched up as the wallpaper is being hung. The most complex types are very tricky and require you to pay attention throughout
the duration of the hanging.The BasicsRandom Match - Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy, No WasteStraight Match - A Little Harder, Some WasteHalf
Drop Match - Block Out Some Time, This Will Take A While, Half The Roll Will Be WastedUnless the wallpaper says "random match," or "random
reversible" then it will have a repeat. The repeat lets you know how long the vertical distance is between the first instance of a specific part of the
pattern and the next time it appears on the wallpaper and where you need to match the pattern. The more complex the design, the larger the repeat
will be, and the more waste you will have at the end of the project. Less intricate designs have smaller, tighter repeats requiring less waste.Why It
MattersThe wallpaper repeat lets you know how much wallpaper you will need to purchase to complete a full room or several rooms. For example,
let's say 50 sq.ft wall and the wallpaper that you selected has a straight match with a 20.50 inch repeat. A 20.5 in. x 33 ft double roll of this
wallpaper covers 56 sq.ft. Many people will erroneously order one
double roll thinking they will have some paper left over for mistakes. Wrong, that person will need to make a re-order
because due to the repeat he or she will only get 28 sq.ft out of that double roll. The rest will be wasted matching up the pattern.
Easier patterns will require very simple calculations because the repeats won’t really affect the amount of wallpaper. Things like stripes
and random patterns won’t need to be restarted at set intervals to properly align each new strip, so you can calculate the total wallpaper
required based on the length and width of the wallpaper without considering the repeat. The more complex the design, the more wallpaper
you are likely to need, and the more important it is to know the repeat length. Most are measured in inches, so you will need to take this into
account for each wall as you calculate the amount of wallpaper required to completely cover the room (including the corners).