The Ultimate Wallpaper Cost Guide

Learn all about wallpaper and installation cost and what factors you have to consider. Read our ultimate wallpaper cost guide now.

The Ultimate Wallpaper Cost Guide

If you want to have unique, attractive walls at home, wallpaper is a great alternative to paint. With wallpaper, your choice of patterns, colours and designs are virtually limitless. They are versatile and better at covering cosmetic flaws on your walls. They can also be personalised, mixed and matched, and are easy to clean.

If you’re thinking of using wallpaper to elevate the look of your home and inject some personality into your space, amongst your main questions would probably be: How much is wallpaper? How much does it cost to wallpaper a wall?

No worries, as we’ll be answering those questions and more in this ultimate wallpaper cost guide.

What factors determine the cost of wallpapering?

When it comes to wallpapering, there are some factors you need to consider as these will help determine the cost of your project:

  • Dimensions or size of your walls
  • The number of walls to be wallpapered
  • Any artwork or design requirements
  • Other factors that may affect the difficulty of the installation
  • Customised or personalised vs off-the-shelf wallpaper
  • Professional installation vs DIY

Professional surface preparation and repainting rates are usually determined on a case-by-case basis, although a good starting price point would be around $80 per hour.

Cost of pre-printed off-the-shelf wallpaper

The average cost of wallpaper or a standard wallpaper roll sized 52 centimetres by 10 metres ranges from $30 to $125. Decent-quality, mid-range wallpaper usually averages at $60 to $100 for a 10-metre roll. Of course, the price of wallpaper varies depending on the style and material used.

Wallpaper cost per metre for basic wallpaper — which would only have simple surface patterns — starts at $6 to $10. More expensive, unique or top-quality wallpaper can cost as much as $100 per metre. A 65 centimetre by 65 centimetre square of high-end luxurious wallpaper can cost as high as $850.

To give you an overview of how much specific types of wallpaper cost per standard roll (usually measuring 52 centimetres wide and 10 metres long), here’s some info you can use as reference:

  • Paintable wallpaper: $26 to $55
  • Metallic wallpaper: $55 to $129
  • Photorealistic wallpaper: $55 to $65 per square metre
  • Wallpaper with complex patterns: $520 and above — this type could be available in non-standard sizes.

When ordering wallpaper, consider getting 10 per cent more than your calculated amount so you don’t run out. Additionally, remember that certain wallpapers may not come in standard roll sizes. Always verify the size and price with your supplier to avoid hiccups in your wallpapering project.

Cost of custom wallpaper installation (design, printing and material)

Custom wallpaper designs or wall art are great wallpapering options as you can supply any image or design you like (subject to certain technical requirements). With custom wallpaper, you’ll have something unique and personalised to feature on your walls.

With custom wallpaper, you’ll have something unique and personalised to feature on your walls.

Now, you might ask: How much does wallpaper installation cost, particularly custom wallpaper?

To have an idea of the average cost of wallpaper installation, you will be looking at around $125 per square metre plus GST for the wallpaper and installation combined.

Then again, the total or actual installed wallpaper cost per square metre will vary depending on the size of the project area, the condition of the walls, the level of difficulty of the job and other possible factors. The more complicated a job, the more expensive it’ll be.

Here at Complete Film Solutions, we use fabric-feel material that doesn’t require the use of water or wallpaper paste, resulting in a no-mess, no-fuss installation that’s great if you want to DIY it.

If you opt to install the wallpaper yourself, we do supply custom printed wallpaper for DIY from $80 /sqm plus GST. A simple design is typically incorporated into this price, with more complex and time-consuming requests, adding drawing time at $100/hr plus GST. There is also a one-off $30 plus GST charge if we need to purchase an image form a stock image library website.

But if you don’t feel confident about installing the wallpaper yourself, you can always get professional help from us.

If you need help with your custom wallpaper project, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Wallpaper installation labour cost per hour

Most wallpaper installation companies will not quote you a price per hour, but rather a project price based on all factors involved. If you break it down to an hourly rate though, it can work out to be $45 to $80/hr plus GST.

How much does it cost to wallpaper a standard size room?

Depending on the exact specifications of your project, you might be wondering how much it costs to wallpaper a room. In Australia, the average cost to wallpaper a room is approximately $140 to $370, excluding the cost of materials. The term ‘room’ here refers to a standard single room (3.2m x 3.0m) with four walls, a window and a door.

If you factor in the average cost of a roll of pre-printed wallpaper of a decent quality priced at $60 to $70, wallpapering a standard room could cost you between $550 to $1,400 in total.

For custom wallpaper and installation for two walls in a standard sized room, you’d be looking at $1,860 plus GST and for all four walls it could cost you as much as $3,720 plus GST.

However, don’t forget to consider other factors that can increase the cost of installation, such as the complexity of the project and the condition of the walls.

Wallpaper removal cost

If you have old wallpaper stuck to your walls, you would need to include the wallpaper removal cost in your cost estimate. Professional wallpaper removal costs around $2 to $5 per square foot or $22 to $55 per square metre.

Some wallpaper removal pros may charge by the room or on an hourly basis. Any extra tasks, such as painting the room after wallpaper removal, will, understandably, cost you extra.

If you want to save on costs, you may opt to do some of the prep work after the wallpaper removal. These include filling or fixing any cracks and washing the wall clean and then getting the wallpaper installation done professionally.

Wallpaper vs painting: What’s cheaper?

At the outset, wallpapering can be more expensive than painting. Aside from the cost of the wallpaper per roll, you also need to add the cost of other supplies and labour during installation. If you need to have old wallpaper removed prior to wallpapering anew, that’s another cost to consider. Of course, you also have the option to purchase cheaper wallpaper and try to install it yourself.

Paint is generally cheaper and doesn’t require a lot of supplies. It’s also easier to DIY. However, there are also expensive types of paints, such as high-end faux paint finishes and textured paint, that might require professional application.

At the end of the day, it comes down to your preference and what you can afford. In most cases, a combination of painted walls and wallpaper makes for the best look and feel your home.

DIY wallpapering vs professional installation

If you want to try the DIY wallpapering approach, there are plenty of resources online and offline that you can refer to for professional tips and advice. Taking the DIY approach is also the obvious choice if you want to save a few hundred dollars.

However, a major wallpapering project might be better off done by a professional installer, especially if you don’t have the tools necessary to do a good job. Besides, a proper wallpapering project can last several hours. It may cost you some (or a whole lot more depending on certain conditions mentioned above), but unless you’re willing to live with flawed DIY wallpapering work, you might be better off hiring a professional to do the job for you.

How long does wallpaper last?

Good quality and properly installed wallpaper can last for 15 years or more — which is why it’s essential for you not to botch a DIY wallpapering job. Better yet, let a professional handle it for you.

If you want customised wallpaper or need advice on wallpaper design ideas, please get in touch with Complete Film Solutions.

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