Lining Paper Grades

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 you can save by purchasing an entire box or 1/2 box. Please check lining paper product pages for available deals. 

800 and 1000 grades can be used on walls that are in relatively good condition, but have some fine cracks and imperfections etc. They can be used to improve wall’s condition before you hang wallpaper on it. This is especially advisable when hanging more expensive wallpapers – you don’t want any imperfections showing on your £1000 wallpaper.
1200 grade lining paper (and 1400) are some of the most popular grades sold. The extra thickness gives you the reassurance that you are getting something stronger that will cover more of the wall’s imperfections.
1400 grade lining paper (and 1200) are some of the most popular grades sold. However, with 1400 you are getting into the ‘thick’ territory. Although you’ll be able to cover even more wall imperfections you need to consider the adhesive and pasting technique used. More about it in another post.
1700 and 2000 grades are the thickest lining papers available in the market and as far as we know only produced by ErfurtMAV – we can only presume that what’s involved in the production process is much more complex than with any other lining paper grade. Now, yes, you are getting even more thickness to cover imperfections on walls and ceilings, but the process of hanging 1700 and 200 grades needs to be approached with more care as far as adhesive and adhesive application go. Adhesive soaking time and adhesive quality are very important here.
We’d suggest that you use ready-mix adhesive as this will ensure constant adhesion characteristics and strength of the paste during the entire job. With the thickest grades (1700 and 2000) please allow extra time for the paste to soak the paper – 12 to 15 minutes.

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.

Lining paper grades on walls with varying levels of surface condition – for comparison only

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.





  1. What do the numbers (800,1000, 1200 etc.) refer to? Is it gr. per square m.?

    • Hi,

      These numbers refer to the thickness / weight of paper.


  2. I hand paint ceramic tiles and I am interested in having some of my designs printed on to wallpaper. Do you think printing on lining paper would work, and if so, what quality would you recommend please?

    • Hi Maggie,

      We have a few customers in Europe who do hand print wallpapers and they tend to use Wallrock Fibreliner, Wallrock Fibreliner Premium or Plus and not the traditional lining paper. Traditional lining paper is off white and this may not be the best background colour unless it’s 100% overprinted. Wallrock Fibreliners gives you the added benefit of dimensional stability and different roll widths. It’d be best if you tried to print your designs and these 3 to see what it looks like. Hope this helps.


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