Packaging and Sizes of Wallcoverings


The packaging and pricing of wallcoverings remains a mystery to many consumers. Although not complicated, the reasoning behind the practice is misunderstood.

Key Points

  • Wallcoverings come in different lengths and widths and, although usually priced by the yard or single roll, are packaged either as double or triple roll bolts. This is done to provide more usable wallcoverings from the same run and dye lot.
  • Extra wallcoverings allows for a margin of error during hanging, and will help avoid the problem of finding the same dye lot or printing run when reordering product to complete a project, or if the wall needs repair later. Wallcoverings are manufactured in different widths, primarily due to different equipment in different manufacturing facilities.

Contract, or commercial, wallcoverings are manufactured specifically for commercial use and are 48 or 54 inches wide and are sold by the lineal yard. A lineal yard is any width by the length of 36 inches.


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