Lining Paper
Hanging Lining Paper in Edinburgh properties is a fairly common decorating practice. In this article we have tried to explain why that is, what the benefits and alternatives are, what lining paper actually is and how much you might expect to pay a decorator to hang lining paper.

Why hang lining paper?

  1. SMOOTHNESS: - The basic reason to hang lining paper is to create a surface as smooth a possible for painting or applying a finish paper to. The smoother and flatter a surface is the better the finish will look.

  2. COVER CRACKS: - Lining paper can also be used to disguise or cover hairline cracks. In Edinburgh properties with lath and plaster walls or plaster on to brick the same crack can reappear if it is just filled and sanded. Covering a crack in lining paper should prevent that from happening.

  3. REDUCED CONTRACTION: - Aside from creating a smoother surface for finishing papers a lining paper also holds a finishing paper in shape better than applying it straight to a wall. When a paper is pasted it expands due to moisture content. As it dries it contracts and grips the wall. A lining paper better holds the finishing paper in it’s expanded shape than a smooth plaster wall and so helps prevent gaps appearing between sheets.

  4. COLOUR LEACHING: - As well as expanding the paper the application of paste onto finish paper can cause some of the colours to leach or bleed. Applying finish paper onto lining paper speeds up the drying process and so can reduce the risk, or impact of this happening.

  5. STAIN BARRIER: - There may be substances in the wall (salts or colorants from materials that have been released due to water ingress). A lining paper provides an extra barrier to prevent these marks coming through to the finishing covering.

  6. SOFT COLOURS: - If you are painting soft tones or colours onto walls a lining paper provides a more uniform colour to paint onto than a plastered wall. So you shouldn’t see any "unexplainable shades" on the wall.

  7. DURABILITY: - A finishing paper applied directly to a bare plastered wall or a painted wall can peel off after drying. Use of a lining paper will hold the finish paper in place far better.

  8. INSULATION: - Perhaps a difficult one to quantify but a layer of lining paper does add a layer of insulation. There are in fact “Papers” sold that claim insulating properties.

What are the alternatives?

There are varying thicknesses (Grades or Gauges) of lining paper available. The Grades most frequently used being 1200 or 1400 though they are available in grades up to at least 2000, which is almost like cardboard. 
However, even the thickest paper may not sufficiently cover or camouflage imperfections, holes and unevenness.
If a wall is in bad condition the most cost effective solution may be to simply re-plaster it rather than spending hours (or paying a tradesman to spend hours) filling and sanding only to find you still see lumps and bumps once lined. A good decorator will advise you of the best course of action.
If a plasterboard wall has had tiles removed or simply paper stripped it can lead to numerous deep gouges that once again may be better dealt with by a plasterer rather than a decorator. In the worst cases fitting new plasterboard and taping the joints may be the lowest cost solution.
What is Lining Paper?

So, what is this magical stuff that makes walls a dream to decorate? It really is just paper.

Good quality lining paper will be made from 100% wood pulp, lower quality or budget paper will include some recycled paper. You may think this is better for the environment but bear in mind that bleaches are used in the recycling of paper and most lining paper will be made from renewable / sustainable timber.

How much does it cost to hang lining paper? 
As each job will differ we can only really provide guidance with no guarantees of certain costs. An "average" Edinburgh room (if such a ting exists) with a floor area of around 15 to 20 square meters with 3m high ceilings will usually cost in the region of £180 to £220 (Excluding VAT).
What will affect the total cost will be how much preparation - filling and sanding holes – is required before hanging the paper, how many doors and windows are in the room, any angles for the ceiling. 

If there is existing paper on the walls that is to be removed we’d suggest allowing between £150 to £200, in addition, to strip a room of a similar size.

To arrange for a thoroughly vetted and continually appraised decorator to provide a quote to hang lining paper at your property: - Call 0131 315 0000, complete our Request-A-Visit form or email us on