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. J Brown

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

    • OnWall


      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?

    • OnWall

      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.


  3. Matthew Bowler


    I have hanged lining paper before, but mainly 800-1000 and I was thinking if you was able to apply paste to all grades from 800-2000 in the same application? Does the thicker paper need more paste than the thinner ones? I understand that thicker paper requires more soaking time that the thinner ones though. Thanks.

    • OnWall

      Hi Matthew,

      You definitely need to use more paste when hanging thicker paper (from 1400 upwards) and when you use 1700 or 2000 grade you really need to pay attention to it. When using 1700 and 2000 grade lining paper it’d be better off using ready-mixed wallpaper paste (see the easy paste ready-mix on For these two grades the soaking time is above 10 minutes before they become pliable.


  4. Alyssa Resch

    Hi,i was wondering what the width of the lining paper is. So if i order 4 rolls of wallpaper which is 10m in length and 0.69m in Width, how many rolls of lining paper do i need?


    • OnWall

      Hi Alyssa,

      Traditional lining paper is 56 cm wide. Not sure what you mean by width of 0.69 m. Where did you get it from, please? What’s the size of the walls you need to cover, please?


  5. Which is thicker in terms of covering wall imperfections –

    ErfurtMAV Professional 2000 grade or
    Wallrock Fibreliner 150

    And which of these 2 gives the smoothest finish for painting over?

    I have used the 2000 grade on a few rooms in the house and painted over it and I do think it is good quality lining paper. The problem I am facing is that in the final room I am trying to decorate – I discovered when I was attempting to strip it, that it had one layer of bamboo like textured paper which came off quite easily with a steamer but this was papered on top of another shell patterned textured paper and this shell paper was pasted directly onto drywall with no sealer coat. Trying to remove wallpaper from paper(the drywall paper lining) is proving almost impossible and I don’t want to damage the drywall itself in the process by either over wetting it or gouging it when trying to scrape the shell paper off.

    The paper is stuck fast so I was going to just line over it and hope that the shell texture wouldn’t come through or wouldn’t be obvious if I used a thick enough lining paper.

    Hence my question of these 2 papers which one would give the best coverage? I know ErfurtMAV do thermal liners and the R300 but my budget does not extend to the £200+ the R300 would cost just to line the walls.

    Many thanks

    • OnWall

      I would use 2000 grade lining paper in this case, but I think you’ll have to line the wall twice. When you hang lining paper, which has been pasted with wallpaper paste and has become pliable it’ll ‘hug’ the textures of the paper underneath revealing it. The second layer of the 2000 grade lining paper should do the job of getting it flat. However, I would suggest that you test this approach on the wall (do it in the corner somewhere) first to make sure that the two layers would get the job done. Failing this, you could skim the wall using TOUPRET DECORATORS SKIM COAT – CACHET BLANC.


  6. I think she means 69cm

  7. lyndsay jackson

    Hi, I have purchased 160gsm lining paper but it doesn’t say anywhere on the packaging what grade this is. Can you please help? I’m hoping I haven’t bought paper that is too thin? I don’t want to open it if I need to return it. Thank you

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