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Best Decorator’s Tools Guide

Best Decorator's Tools

Welcome to Wonkee Donkee Tools guide for the best decorators tools.

From the brands of brushes they use to the type of paint they buy, we appreciate that everyone has a preference and their own thoughts on what works best when decorating.

Although a good workman should never blame his tools, having the best decorators tools and equipment is key to high-quality workmanship.

New to the trade and looking to buy decorators tools for the first time? Perhaps you’re a keen DIY enthusiast planning to redecorate your space? The good news is, the tools listed below are simple to use, yet make all the difference between a good job and a brilliant job. They’re also ideal for professional decorators who need to replace their trusty tools or to stock up on the essentials to ensure they are ready to tackle all manner of projects.

Let’s take a closer look at these must-have tools:

Wallpaper Scissors

Decorator’s scissors should be long and sharp as this will provide ease of cutting and help you to cut straight lines. A simple but essential tool used to cut away excess wallpaper; just don’t run with them. 

Paper Hanging Brush

The paper hanging brush’s soft bristles make it ideal for smoothing out air bubbles and squeezing out any excess paste without damaging the wallpaper.

Seam Roller

A seam roller is an efficient little tool that is used to seal the edges and seams of wallpaper.

Wallpaper Stripper

Removing old paint or wallpaper can be a real chore sometimes, so get yourself a good quality scraper with a sharp blade and that wall will be stripped in no time.

Orbital Wallpaper Scraper

This alien-looking hand tool is designed to pierce wallpaper so that a steamer can penetrate deep enough to make peeling it from the walls much easier. An orbital scraper will even make light work of stubborn, glossy wallpaper or painted woodchip.

Wallpaper Steamer

With this handy gadget you can apply steam to the old wallpaper via the large pad and this will soften the paper enough to make stripping it off a breeze! Use after you have pierced the wall with your orbital scraper and the job becomes twice as easy.


Don’t forget your bucket – indispensable for mixing, carrying, lugging, loading, sluicing down floors and work surfaces, and roughly measuring materials. 


The humble sponge is one of those vital pieces of kit that no decorator should be without, especially when wiping down wallpaper and cleaning tools and work surfaces.

Dust Sheets

Putting up a few dust sheets shows that you are a careful and considerate worker. Fill your customers full of confidence by keeping a clean and tidy working environment.

Retractable Trimming Knife

This super useful knife can slice through wallpaper, plastic, string, wire and even plasterboard. Their sharp blades are cheap and easy to replace. They fit inside a pocket or tool belt for easy access.

Screwdriver Set

It’s always good to have a few screwdrivers in your tool box as you may need to remove the odd shelf, doors or electrical items such as lights or switches or sockets.

Masking Tape

Masking tape can be used to protect your architraves. Handy to have around to make sure that you keep your paint on the walls and create neat finishes.

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