Lining Paper Grades
What is Lining Paper?
Lining paper is a wallcovering made entirely of paper. It’s been around for many years and is liked by many. There are DIYers and professional decorators who don’t like it and never use it. Each to its own and we are not here to fight either corner.
Some say ‘if it’s made of paper, what is the big deal about what brand / quality you use?’. Well, as you most likely know there are all sorts of types of papers and a lot of effort goes into keeping the quality of the lining paper the same. From what I know, it’s not as easy as it seems. As the paper is made of wood pulp you are dealing with raw material that is different each time. Please note that when buying multiple rolls from CoverYourWall.co.uk you can save by purchasing an entire box or 1/2 box. Please check lining paper product pages for available deals.
Lining Paper Grades
There are 6 main grades of lining paper from 800 to 2000. The image below demonstrates what lining paper grade can be used based on the condition of the surface. The condition of each wall in the image is used for representation purposes only! Common sense and the state of your walls should guide in the final decision.
Quality of Lining Paper
Let’s look at the main types of lining paper you can get in the market.
Professional Quality Lining Paper. It’s made of 100% virgin wood pulp, which results in the lining material having superior fibre grain structure (this is what holds it all together even when wet) and improved tensile strength (means that it will withstand a degree of tension present in any wall without tearing). Before you start bemoaning all the trees that are cut down, remember that nowadays most (if not all) manufacturers use sustainable and renewable forests and most likely are PEFC certified. I would strongly suggest you check the label each time to make sure this is the case.
Budget Quality. Most likely made using a mixture of recycled paper and virgin wood pulp – this isn’t always the case and other factors will play role in giving it the ‘budget’ status. It’s difficult to produce good quality 100% recycled lining paper such as Naturplus o, but not impossible. Recycled means better for the environment, surely? Not quite. Please remember that to process recycled paper you need to use bleach, which isn’t that good for the environment.