Measurement Guide

Please don’t hesitate to email one of our design consultants at hello@ashleyalford.com with your window or wall dimensions (height and width) that you’d like to cover with our drapes or wallcovering and we can calculate the sizes you’ll need. It can be a bit complicated to figure out and we’re very happy to help!

DRAPES

Use a metal tape measure for accurate measurements. Measure to the nearest ¼” and consider each window separately even if they appear to be the same size.

How high should I hang my drapery?

We recommend hanging your rod between 6” and 12” above your window frame to maximize the feeling of height in your room.

How wide should I hang my drapery?

We recommend hanging your rod at least 8” to 12” past the window frame on both sides to maximize light and make your windows feel larger. If you would like to know how wide your drapery will be when open, contact one of our design consultants at hello@ashleyalford.com

SHOULD MY DRAPERY HIT THE FLOOR, BREAK, OR PUDDLE?

Just hitting or above the floor is best for drapery used often, while breaks and puddles can enhance style and hide uneven floors.

Length Inches

Bottom of Rod to Floor _________

Extra Length for Break or Puddle +________

Adjust for Drapery Style +________

Total Length (A + B + C) =________

Width Inches

Width of Window including Frame _________

Space Beyond Window for Your +________

Rod to Extend (W x 2)

Total Coverage (V + W) =________

LENGTH FOR BREAK OR PUDDLE

– Touching: enter 0” to ensure

no dragging and no styling needed

– Break: enter +1” to 2”

– Sweep: enter +2” to 4”

– Puddle: enter +6” to 8”

For your ordering width: Enter your Total Coverage (X) online. No need to factor in fullness, we account for that automatically.

For your ordering length: Enter your Total Length (D) online.

Need additional help ordering the correct Size? Send the measurements above to hello@ashleyalford.com with a picture of your window and we’ll help you determine the proper size and put it in your cart.

WALLPAPER

Generally, each wallpaper roll covers approximately 45-50 square feet once trim and pattern repeat are factored in, but this can vary depending on wall height and other factors.

Double rolls vs single rolls

Our rolls are considered DOUBLE rolls which means that each one our rolls is 30 feet long (a single roll is 15 feet long). If your project requires two double rolls, for example, just order two of our rolls. If you need two single rolls, order just one of our rolls.

Lot number

It is very important to order the accurate number of rolls, as colors might vary between lots. We print in small lots and can’t guarantee a 100% color match between each lot. If in doubt, it’s best to order an extra roll. If you end up not needing it, we are happy to accept returns of unopened rolls within 14 days. If you do end up needing to order more wallpaper from a certain lot number, please email us at hello@ashleyalford.com.

How to determine the number of wallpaper rolls you need

If at any time you are not sure how much to order please contact one of our design consultants at hello@ashleyalford.com and we’ll be happy to help.

1. Measure your walls – make sure you have an accurate measurement in inches of height and width of the portion of the wall you’ll be covering. Sometimes it helps to draw a rough sketch to use while you do your calculations.

2. Determine the number of strips you’ll need – Our wallpapers are all 24″ wide. Once you have the width of your wall in inches, take the width and divide by 24. This will give you the number of strips of wallpaper that you will need. Remember to always round up!

3. Determine how many strips you can get out of a roll – This can be the tricky part as it depends on the repeat of your wallpaper. The repeats on our wallpapers vary between 7.25″ to 44″, so be sure to check the product measurements. 1. To determine the approximate number of repeats per roll, divide 360 (30′ times 12″) by the repeat of your wallpaper. 2. Take the height of your wall in inches and add 4-5 inches to account for trim on top and bottom. Then divide by the repeat – this will give you the number of repeats you need in each strip. 3. Then divide the number of repeats per roll by the number of repeats you need per strip which will give you the number of strips you’ll be able to get out of each roll.

4. Last, just take the number of strips you’ll need from Step 2 and divide by the number of strips you can get out of a roll. Again, always round up!

Please note that if you are wallpapering a wall with a door or window, that square footage rarely factors into the calculation, unless it is a significant portion of the wall.

REMOVABLE WALLPAPER TILES

How to determine the number of wallpaper tiles you need

1. Measure your walls – make sure you have an accurate measurement in inches of height and width of the portion of the wall you’ll be covering. Sometimes it helps to draw a rough sketch to use while you do your calculations.

2. Determine the number of tiles you’ll need across your wall. Our tiles are all 24″ wide. Once you have the width of your wall in inches, take the width and divide by 24. This will give you the number of tiles that you will need horizontally. Remember to always round up!

3. Determine how many tiles you need vertically. The height of our tiles varies between 25″ to 36″, so be sure to check the product measurements. Take the height of your wall in inches and divide by the height of your tile – this will give you the number of tiles you’ll need to cover the height of your wall. Again, be sure to round up!

4. Last, take the number of tiles you need horizontally and multiply by the number of tiles you need vertically. One more time – always round up!

FABRIC BY THE YARD

Our fabric is sold by the vertical yard.

Please note the vertical and horizontal repeats of the various patterns when calculating how much yardage you’ll need for your project. We recommend overestimating so you don’t run out. Since we print in small batches, we can’t ensure a color match between orders. We’re always happy to help – just give us a call or contact one of our design consultants at hello@ashleyalford.com.

HOW TO HANG WALLPAPER

We highly recommend having a professional installer hang you wallpaper.

Step 1. Wall Prep

Before hanging, check that wall surface is clean, dry and smooth. If your wall surface isn’t smooth, you’ll need to either size the wall or apply a wallpaper liner which might require a primer layers as well. Please check wallpaper liner packaging instructions for details. Old wall coverings should be removed completely. Fill any holes and sand down any bumps. Remove electrical coverings. Wallpaper primer is also recommended for better installation and easier removal.

Step 2. Gather supplies

You’ll need: Wallpaper, wallpaper paste, measuring tape, scissors, drop cloth, sponge, bucket, straight edge, pencil, level, craft knife, paint roller and tray, smoothing tool, good music and a caffeinated beverage.

*We recommend a basic wallpaper paste for coated, non-woven wallpaper

Step 3. Mark your starting point

Measure the width of the wallpaper roll. All Ashley Alford rolls are 24 inches wide. Starting from the corner of the wall farther away from an entry of line of sight, measure the width of the wallpaper minus one inch (23 inches) to allow for trim on wall edge and mark with a pencil dot. Using a level, draw a straight vertical plumb line from the dot to line up the edge of the wallpaper against.

Step 4. Cut the wallpaper strips

Measure the height of the wall. Next, measure the wallpaper strip to equal the height of the wall plus 2 or 3 additional inches to allow for trim. Consider where you want the pattern to hit the top of the wall as well, as this might affect your choice in where you cut the first strip. Cut the next strips the same length, being sure to allow for pattern repeat and matching.

Step 5. Apply paste

Our wallpaper is non-pasted and should be installed using a traditional hanging method. Roll a thin layer of paste onto the backside of the wallpaper, book (fold pasted side together) together the pasted sheet, and let the paste soak in for 5-7 minutes. This will keep the seams from opening and drying out while the paper is relaxing.

Step 6. Hang the wallpaper

Line up the wallpaper with the plumb line (from Step 3), allowing for an inch on both the top, bottom and edge for trimming. Use a wallpaper brush or smoothing tool to gently work the paper on to the wall working from the top and middle, down and out.

Step 7. Trim the edges

Using a straight edge and craft knife, carefully trim the edges. It is important to keep the blade edge very sharp to minimize any risk of tearing the paper.

Step 8. Apply the next strips

Be sure to match the pattern on the wall at eye level and butt the seams tightly up against each other – do not overlap. Smooth out all air bubbles. Clean with warm water and a sponge, taking care to remove all the paste from the surface. Rinse thoroughly a second time with clean warm water. After hanging 2 strips, be sure to check for any defects and contact us if any defects are found. Feel free to email us at hello@ashleyalford.com or call us at 1.504.301.5891 with questions.

Note: Due to the ink used in printing, there may be a slight odor to the paper when it is first unwrapped. The inks and solvents have all been tested and are safe per OSHA standards. The odor will quickly dissipate during or after hanging. We recommend ventilating the room well after hanging both to speed drying and to allow the odor to dissipate more quickly.

HOW TO HANG WALLPAPER TILES

Step 1. Wall prep

Before hanging check that surface is clean, dry, smooth, and in good condition. Do not apply tiles to fresh paint that has not cured for at least 20 days. Do not place wall tiles in or above cribs or within reach of young children. After opening the tile, be sure to check for any defects and contact us if any defects are found.

Step 2. Mark your starting point

Measure your surface and plan where your first tile will go. We recommend starting at eye level. Using a level, draw a plumb line that you can align a vertical edge of your starting tile with to ensure that tiles are straight.

Step 3. Hang the wallpaper tiles

Remove approximately 2″ of the backing from the top edge exposing the back of the tile. Apply this edge to the desired surface and firmly smooth. Reach under the tile and slowly pull down the remaining backing while applying the tile to the surface. Working out and down reduces the risk of air bubbles. When applying, pay special attention to the edges of the tile to make sure they are securely adhered. Repeat this process for remaining tiles. Wallpaper tiles are meant to be trimmed with a straight edge and craft knife, just like wallpaper.

Note: We recommend keeping the backing for future storage. Wallpaper tiles can be removed and repositioned multiple times, however, due to varying surfaces and handling we cannot guarantee the amount of times this product can be reused. If you do remove the tiles and plan to reuse them, take care to handle as little of the adhesive side of the material as possible.

Ashley

Alford

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