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How to Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper


In today's world of home decor, peel and stick wallpaper has revolutionized the way we adorn our living spaces. This easy-to-use, versatile solution offers a quick and affordable way to give your walls a fresh and stylish makeover. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of applying peel and stick wallpaper like a pro.

What is Peel and Stick Wallpaper?

Before diving into the application process, it's essential to understand what peel and stick wallpaper is. Also known as self-adhesive wallpaper, it is a type of wall covering with a pre-applied adhesive backing. We print 100s of designs in peel and stick wallpaper

Benefits of Peel and Stick Wallpaper

  1. Easy to Install
  2. No Messy Glue Required
  3. Removable and Repositionable
  4. Versatile Design Options

Materials You'll Need before you embark on your wallpapering journey:

1. Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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The star of the show, your chosen peel and stick wallpaper. It should be enough to cover your designated wall space. Measure the wall area carefully before purchasing to avoid running out of material.

2. Measuring Tape

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Accurate measurements are crucial for a precise installation. Use a measuring tape to determine the dimensions of the wall.

3. Utility Knife or Scissors

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A utility knife or scissors will be handy for trimming the excess wallpaper along the edges and corners.

4. Squeegee or Wallpaper Smoother

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A squeegee or wallpaper smoother helps eliminate air bubbles and creases during the application process. The good news is that we include a squeegee with every wallpaper order, so there's no need to worry about purchasing one separately.

5. Level and Pencil

A level and pencil will assist you in marking straight guidelines for aligning the wallpaper correctly.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of applying peel and stick wallpaper with these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Prepare Your Wall

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Ensure that the wall is clean, smooth, and free from any dirt or imperfections. If needed, fill any holes and sand down rough surfaces for a flawless finish.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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Measure the height and width of your wall and cut the wallpaper accordingly, leaving a little extra at the top to ensure it covers the ceiling.

Step 3: Peel and Stick

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Peel the backing off a small section of the wallpaper and carefully stick it to the top of the wall with an overlap, ensuring it's level.

Step 4: Smooth and Continue

Squeegee being used on wallpaper to get rid of air bubbles

Use a squeegee or wallpaper smoother to press out any air bubbles as you gradually peel away the backing, smoothing the wallpaper as you go.

Step 5: Trim Excess

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Once you've applied the wallpaper to the wall, use a utility knife or scissors to trim any excess material along the edges and corners.

Step 6: Repeat

Continue the process, aligning each strip of wallpaper with the previous one until the entire wall is covered.

Step 7: Final Check

Inspect the wallpaper for any bubbles, creases, or misalignments. Gently smooth out any imperfections.


Applying peel and stick wallpaper is a fantastic way to give your space a fresh, new look. It's a simple DIY project that doesn't require professional expertise. With the right materials and a bit of patience, you can transform your walls and your space.

So, why wait? Get started on your wallpapering journey today and watch your room undergo a stunning transformation. It's a fun and creative way to express your style and refresh your living space.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is peel and stick wallpaper easy to remove?

Yes, peel and stick wallpaper is designed to be easily removable without damaging your walls. When it's time for a change, simply peel it off gently.

2. Can I use peel and stick wallpaper in a bathroom or kitchen?

Yes, you can use peel and stick wallpaper in these areas, but it's important to ensure the surface is dry and free from moisture to maintain adhesion.

3. What can I do if I make a mistake during installation?

If you make a mistake, gently peel the wallpaper back and reposition it. It's forgiving and allows for adjustments during the process.

4. How long does peel and stick wallpaper last?

The lifespan of peel and stick wallpaper can vary, but with proper installation and care, it can last for as long as you like.

5. Can I apply peel and stick wallpaper over existing wallpaper?

It's generally not recommended to apply peel and stick wallpaper over existing wallpaper, as it may not adhere properly and could lead to a less-than-ideal result. It's best to remove the old wallpaper before applying the new one.

Get started on your wallpapering project and enjoy the creative freedom that peel and stick wallpaper offers. Your walls are your canvas, so let your imagination run wild!

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