How to Install Peel & Stick Wallpaper: A Complete Guide

Experience the magic of peel-and-stick wallpaper, the go-to choice for DIY decorators seeking a quick change with visual impact. 

This versatile wallpaper can transform your space with ease and style. Unlike traditional wallpaper, it is removable and offers a hassle-free installation process with minimal mess and commitment.

Tools and Materials You'll Need:

  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper
  • Ruler
  • Cloth
  • Spirit Level or Plumb Line
  • Craft Knife 
  • Scissors

 

 

Step-by-Step Installation Process

Prepare: 

Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the surface with warm water and mild soap. Allow the walls to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.

Meanwhile, take a final look to see if the walls are smooth. Orange peel, knockdown, or a rough wall will make it harder for the Peel & Stick wallpaper to adhere to the wall. If the surface isn't smooth, we recommend using conventional non-woven wallpaper with paste. Scroll down below to see the various types of walls.

If your walls are freshly painted, you should give the walls 4-6 weeks to cure fully. Make sure the color is uniform and doesn't differ significantly from your chosen wallpaper.

Divide The Lengths:

Start by dividing the lengths as indicated by the cutting symbols. Lay the lengths with the label facing upwards in numerical order, starting with length number one. Let the lengths lay flat for at least 24 hrs to climatize in the same room as intended for installation. Ensure you have all the lengths and none are defective or damaged.

 

 

Apply Peel and Stick to the Wall:

The lengths are numbered in hanging order from left to right. The lengths should be hung edge to edge without any overlapping. The first length must be vertically straight.

Pro tip! Make a light pencil mark one wallpaper width from the left near the ceiling. Hold a plumb line on the mark and draw a faint vertical line down the wall. Line up your first length of wallpaper with the pencil line.

Hang the second length. Gently and evenly press the lengths together to ensure no visible seams. Smooth each length with the included felt scraper. Work from the ceiling to the floor and from the middle to the edges.

 

 

Cut off Excess:

Once all the wallpaper has been hung, cut off any excess along the ceiling and floor. Always use a sharp blade to avoid tearing the paper.

 

 

Use the felt scraper:

Finally when you have your panel(s) on your wall, use the felt scraper with a fair amount of pressure and smooth out all possible air between the panel and your wall. This is an important step in order to make the wallpaper fully stick to your wall.

PEEL & STICK IS RECOMMENDED FOR 

Peel & Stick is recommended for smaller areas, such as a feature wall. It is usually easier to use regular non-woven wallpaper if you want to wallpaper a large room or several walls.

Peel & Stick is not suitable in rooms with significant temperature changes and varying humidity, such as bathrooms. Using Peel & Stick wallpaper in the ceiling is not recommended.

The wall or surface needs to be smooth and even. Orange peel, knockdown, or a rough wall will make it harder for the Peel & Stick wallpaper to adhere to the wall.

 

WALL TYPE - SMOOTH SURFACE

Peel & Stick Wallpaper is a match made in heaven for this wall type.

 

WALL TYPE - STRUCTURED SURFACE

This wall type makes it a bit more difficult for Peel & Stick wallpaper to adhere to the wall and therefore is not recommended for Peel & Stick.

 

WALL TYPE - ROUGH TEXTURED SURFACE

This wall type makes it difficult for Peel & Stick wallpaper to adhere to the wall and therefore is not recommended for Peel & Stick

 

General Rules for Peel and Stick Wallpaper

  • Start from the Top: Start from the top of the wall and work your way down. This prevents the wallpaper from sagging or bunching up as you apply it, ensuring a smooth and professional finish.
  • Press Firmly: Press firmly along the edges and seams to ensure they stick properly without peeling.
  • Clean After Installation: After installation, gently use a damp cloth to clean the surface of the wallpaper. This removes any dust or debris accumulated during the installation process, keeping your wallpaper looking fresh and clean.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Take Your Time: Rushing through the process can lead to mistakes. Measure twice, cut once, and align carefully.
  2. Have a Friend Help: An extra pair of hands can make the process smoother, especially when aligning and smoothing large strips. And I assure you, you will have some fun as well.
  3. Use Light Pencil Marks: Use a light pencil mark when drawing guidelines or marking cut points. These can be easily erased or covered by the wallpaper.

Installing peel-and-stick wallpaper is a fantastic way to update your space with minimal effort and maximum impact.

With proper preparation and careful application, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that transforms your home and showcases your DIY skills. Be proud of your beautifully wallpapered space!

Key Takeaways

  • Preparation is Crucial: Clean and smooth walls are essential for optimal adherence.
  • Measure Accurately and Cut Generously: Ensure you have enough wallpaper to work with.
  • Use the Right Tools: Apply the wallpaper smoothly and prevent air bubbles.

Whether updating your living room or enhancing a small nook, peel-and-stick wallpaper is an excellent choice for an instant makeover. Remember to choose a pattern that complements your existing decor and enhances the overall aesthetic of your space.

With this comprehensive guide and a touch of your creativity, you're ready to transform your living space with vibrant patterns and easy peel-and-stick wallpaper application.

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