Q1. How does one start a wallpaper business in Kenya? Is wallpaper made in Kenya or imported-and what is the price of Wallpaper?

Wallpaper in Kenya is imported, an industry starting to boom now for the first movers. There will never be a better time in Kenya to start a wallpaper business than right now. There are many advantages for those starting wallpaper business in Kenya right now which I will enumerate shortly here below. Let me start by showing you how easy it is to start a wallpaper business. The biggest hindrance to starting most other businesses in starting capital but this is not the case with wallpaper business.

One can start a wallpaper business with two or three rolls, with less than Kenya shillings 10,000 capital investment and get referrals from there. One with passion for interior decoration, armed with simple wallpaper installation tools and design catalogs, with a customer willing to pay a down-payment for the wallpaper installation can start the business without cash investment. Wallpaper is so impact-full that many people think it must be too expensive, which is clearly not the case. Wallpaper is used on all industrial surfaces, concrete walls, wood surfaces, glass and metal and is one of the most profitable businesses with good profit margins in Kenya today.

Those starting wallpaper in Kenya right now before it is saturated have an upper hand to those coming in later. Like in any other business wallpaper in Kenya first movers is a service have the competitive advantage by being the first to market wallpaper in their respective towns or regions. Being among the first to start the business will enable you a establish strong brand recognition and customer loyalty before competitors enter the arena.

There is a resurgence of wallpaper interior decoration all over the world and demand is growing day by day. One other advantage of starting the wallpaper business in Kenya right now is that you will have additional time to perfect your installation skills before the market is flooded. One of the most important things for success in wallpaper business is installation skills. Every site well executed will bring in a lot of business by sheer referrals. It is very easy to start a wallpaper business.

The price of a good quality wallpaper wall decoration is approximately Kenya shillings 2000 to 2500 per standard size roll 53 cm by 9.5 meters supply only. The price of the same wallpaper supply and installation is Kenya shillings 2500 to 3000. In other words, the cost of wallpaper is Sh 500 to 600 per square meter supply and installation. You can get lower prices than those for factory faulty wallpaper if you don’t mind the consistency of color but Wallpaper Kenya does not stock those.

You can also get lower priced wallpaper from clearance sales but the problem of these is that they are usually one or two rolls hardly enough to fit one full wall but they are useful for smaller areas such as shoe racks and wardrobes or cupboards.

The price of bespoke wallpaper for wall decor, 3d customized wallpaper on canvas is about 3500 supply and installation. You can get lower prices, from around 2500 for cheap material than canvas. The beauty of 3d customized wallpaper is that it is reusable. You can pull it down and move with it when you move house. On the average one wall takes two to three rolls of wallpaper. So a room with four walls will take 8 to 12 rolls. The price of hanging wallpaper on all the four walls will therefore be between Kenya shillings 20,000 and 36,000 depending on how big the walls are and which catalogs you choose from.

Q2. Do you get big wallpaper contracts and what is the price of wallpaper vs Paint?

There are big contracts for wallpaper businesses these days. Some of Wallpaper Kenya good contracts include hotel contracts such as Intercontinental hotel, Royal Swiss Grand Hotel, Tulip Golden Hotel, Executive Presidential Jet Interiors, Red Cross and Red Crescent and Africa Head Office, and countless other facilities.

Initially the price of wallpaper was many times higher than the price of paint. Wallpaper was for Kings and the the Aristocracy. It is modern technology and the advancement of large format printing that has helped lower the price of wallpaper. Wallpaper is now affordable. When you look at the price of wallpaper as compared to the price of paint, in the long run, to me, wallpaper is cheaper. Wall paints get dull with age but wallpaper keeps shining for decades. Even though initially you will have to pay about a hundred shillings per square meter more for wallpaper than for flat off the self paint, in the long run you save with wallpaper. Again you can not compare the beauty, texture and patterns of wallpaper with paint.

Now a days there are special effects paint such as stucco and textured paints that come closer to the beauty of wallpaper, but the price of such paints is three to four times higher than the price of wallpaper. Even though the price of flat paint might be lower than that of wallpaper, paint can only provide a color in a very limited spectrum of finishes from matte to glossy.…just to name a few. Paint chips and cracks over time, so you will need to reapply and touch up your paint job more often. In conclusion the cost of paint is higher than the cost of wallpaper. Wallpaper business is an emerging new opportunity for entrepreneurs, interior decorators and home improvement stores.

Q3. What are the advantages of wallpaper and exactly how does one start a wallpaper business without capital?

Let me start with the advantages of starting wallpaper business which are:

1. You can start a wallpaper business with or without capital investment, unlike other businesses. Your customer will pay you a down-payment which you will use to buy the wallpaper at wholesale price before you start the installation.

2. The marketing of a wallpaper business can as well be conducted from a virtue office at home or on the go. All other traditional methods of marketing are also applicable for a wallpaper business.

3. Wallpaper business has at the moment one of the highest returns on investment (high ROI).

4. The market for wallpaper in Kenya, as well as worldwide, is growing and far from saturation. The demand for modern wallpaper is very high and growing.

5. Anyone with a little computer literacy can gather all the information need to start a wallpaper business online and Wallpaper Kenya is willing to give free practical training. Such information includes how to hang wallpaper, how to promote a wallpaper business, and a short history of wallpaper.

This is how to start a wallpaper business with minimal or no startup capital: Most of the time your clients will shop for the wallpaper at least a day or two before the installation date. You will help them to choose the wallpaper designs from the hard copy catalog that you have. You will then help help them to take measurements of the walls they want installed with wallpaper. The measurements will help you to calculate and determine how many rolls of wallpaper your clients will require to buy. Once the client has chosen the wallpaper and agreed to the cost, ask them for a down-payment. Once the clients have committed themselves by paying the down payment you can now call us and we will have the wallpaper delivered to you either by parcel, couriers services, motor bike or the most appropriate means that you will advice us.

As wallpaper wholesalers we realize that having numerous retailers with show rooms across the country is an essential requirement for growth in the wallpaper industry. People have various misconceptions about wallpaper and when they have the facility of seeing it installed beautifully in showrooms, it gives them confidence of installing it in their homes and offices as well. That is where we choose to specialize as wallpaper wholesalers and to encourage all interior designers and interior decorators to consider retailing in wallpaper.

You will eventually need to know how to market or promote your wallpaper business. You will soon realize that the most powerful way of marketing your wallpaper business is by way of word of mouth. One job well done will always get you referrals. Technology is also changing the way wallpaper and other small businesses market their products. Free online platforms such Facebook, the star classifieds, olx and Jumia do work wonders. These may be combined with marketing such as trade exhibitions and salesmanship.

We encourage painting companies to start wallpapering business. Individual painters can also become self employed in wallpaper business. Business is thriving for wallpaper installers all around Kenya.  We welcome you to serve an apprenticeship under our experienced wallpaper installers for a short period to learn the finer points of the profession.

It is very easy to find wallpaper jobs. Aim high and visit real estate agents to provide you with referrals to homeowners who need to get their homes in shape. Promote your business business to contractors and builders in the booming business Kenya is enjoying now.

Another effective way to promote your wallpaper business is to use google maps and social media such as What-app groups which are of charge. You dont need much more than passion to start your own wallpaper business:

  • A Business license
  • Wallpaper tools being paint brush, paper knife, squeegee and cotton cloth or sponge
  • Business cards
  • A ladder or in most cases a stool to step on.

Advantages of starting a wallpaper business

Benefits of starting a wallpaper business

Few or no other business can be as rewarding as a wallpaper business without any risk in starting the venture.

Wallpaper business is a niche market that gives you certain lifestyle advantages. Because wallpaper business is not too demanding and you are in charge, you decide when and where you want to work. If you want to spend more time on with your family, you don’t have to ask for the time off. given today’s technology, it’s relatively easy to do to work from home or even when travelling.

In starting most other businesses you take a financial risk, starting a wallpaper business gives you a chance to make more money without the financial risk. You benefit from your own smart and hard work other than financial investment.

As a business owner of a creative wallpaper business, you’ll be able to work in a field that you really enjoy. You’ll interact with interior designers and product designers and and you’ll gain personal satisfaction from implementing your ideas, working directly with customers, and watching your business succeed.

For big investors wallpaper manufacturing is an ideal business opportunity in Kenya. All the wallpaper currently in the market is imported either from China or Europe. A wallpaper manufacturing plant would not only serve Kenya but nearly the whole of Africa. I doubt there is even a single wallpaper manufacturer in Africa as whole. My online search reveals non. Not even in South Africa.
Opening a wallpaper manufacturing plant would save wallpaper importers huge amounts of money from the cost of pre-shipment inspection, freight charges, custom duty to clearing and forwarding. This would also save the country a huge amount of money in foreign exchange in addition to jobs creation.
The demand for wallpaper in Kenya is quite high is far from saturation. It will keep rising. In the past wallpaper was only affordable by Kings. Due to modern technology wallpaper is now affordable to most people. The idea of wallpaper interior decoration is novel in Kenya. As more and more people get to know wallpaper the demand will keep rising.

Now let us focus on the advantages of the wallpaper itself which is what brings about the advantages of the business ownership. These are the values that drive the wallpaper business. Customer satisfaction in this business is based on the great products. The effect, texture and feel of a wallpaper can never be achieved with any paint. These attracts customers. Wallpapers can be customized into what one wants. We have had clients who want family portraits, scenery, stadiums and favorite football teams among others. This shows the versatility of wallpapers. Another advantage is that they keep a room warm. Wallpapers can last up to 25 years without being changed and above all, they are washable. Their designs also add life to the house.

  • Wallpaper can last up to 25 years on the wall and beyond, which makes it cost-effective in the long run. Properly hung wallpaper will last 3 times as long as paint.
  • Wallpaper adheres easily and hides many surface imperfections such as small cracks and dents.
  • Wallpaper keeps a house warm, adds depth and style to a room that monotone paint simply cannot achieve.
  • Beautiful designs, intriguing textures, and beautiful prints and patterns impact on the decor of a room.
  • Wallpaper creates a designer look in any space, and can also be applied to just one wall as a feature focal wall. With a limited budget, one does not have to redo all the walls for a house makeover or to revamp a house interior decoration.

How to start a wallpaper business in Kenya

For those wishing to start their own wallpaper business in Kenya, Mbugua Wa Kamau offers eye opening insights about wallpaper business in Kenya.

During the Citizen TV morning interview, he also talks about the various wallpaper technologies and designs around the world, How popular is wallpaper in this country, trade and advertising of wallpaper. Wallpaper Kenya started business many years ago, this video too was recorded many years ago. For more updated info on how to start your own wallpaper business please find out more from this website on the Wholesale Wallpaper Section.