Wallpaper Guide

Wallpaper Measurement: A Reference Guide

Wallpaper has made a major resurgence over the past few years, and it adds another dimension to any space. As beautiful as it is, wallpaper evokes more questions and stress than any other product at DecoratorsBest. We're here to help, and clear up some common customer concerns.

Why did I only receive half of my order?

If you ordered single rolls please note that many manufacturers ship in double rolls.

How many rolls do I need?

One of our most frequently asked questions is about how many rolls to order. While we can't suggest how much you should buy, we do offer our Wallpaper Calculator for rough estimates. However, we highly recommend asking a professional wallpaper installer who will assist in measuring your space, and give you an accurate roll-count. many manufacturers ship in double rolls. If you ordered 6 single rolls, you may only receive 3 double rolls.

How do I measure?

Measure the height and width of each wall you would like to cover. Provide all of the wallpaper measurements including the length, width, horizontal and vertical repeats to your installer. Typically, you'll want to order 5-15% extra to account for waste.

How many square feet does a roll cover?

We get this question a lot. As a general rule, we've found the following usually holds true for standard sized wallpaper:

Single Roll: 28 square feet

Double Roll: 56 square feet

Euro Roll: 56.38 square feet.


What is a repeat? What is a half drop?

Wallpaper terminology sounds exotic and confuses many of our customers so we created the DecoratorsBest Glossary. The most important term is "repeat" for the pattern. The repeat is the vertical distance between where the pattern is identical again. That distance can be less than an inch or as much as the entire width of the wallpaper. Our glossary contains many other terms which your installer is familiar with and will help you understand your project.
Clearly illustrated in the photo above, a half drop repeats at the ceiling line on every other strip and the design runs diagonally.

I'd like 6 double rolls...

This is a misnomer and needs clarification! Years ago, almost all American rolls were a standard length. Today — not so much. Roll lengths can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer. Your installer may say "double rolls" but it's best to get the exact information. Are they referring to 12 single rolls or is it 6 European rolls? Before ordering make sure you have the correct information.