Middle-aged homeowner preparing peel and stick wallpaper for installation

Is Peel and Stick Wallpaper Easy To Install?

It is no surprise that people are seeking out an affordable, DIY-friendly alternative to traditional wallpaper. Traditional wallpaper is complicated to install. Thankfully, there is an alternative that promises less work and a stunning finish: peel and stick wallpaper.

Convenient Self Adhesive Wallpaper

Despite its easy installation, peel and stick wallpaper still promises a stunning, seamless look. Whether you hang it in your living space or your dining room, it will create a beautiful wall in your home.

How To Install Peel And Stick Wallpaper

Whether you want to create an accent wall or redo your entire space, we can help. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how you can install peel and stick wallpaper.

What You’ll Need:

  • Peel and stick wallpaper
  • A straight edge utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil>
  • Sponge
  • Water or cleanser
  • Plastic smoother

1. Gather everything you need

Take the time to figure out how much wallpaper you need—it could save you some money and trips to the store. For instance, accent walls require a lot less paper than entire living spaces. So, you probably don’t need to buy as much as you would if you were covering your entire living room.

Measure the wall surfaces to determine the area that you need to cover. A simple height x length calculation (minus the area of any windows) will provide you with exactly what you need.

2. Prepare your walls

Next, remove all covers to the electrical outlets. Place the screws and outlet covers in a ziplock bag for safekeeping. Then, prepare the wall surface by applying a cleanser with a sponge. You should allow the wall to dry before moving on to the next step.

3. Draw a guide to help you hang it perfectly straight

From the left side of the wall to the right side, use your tape measure to create marks that match the width of your wallpaper along the wall. After, draw a vertical line at each mark. The straight line will be a guide to where the edge of the wallpaper should sit.

4. Cut full strips of peel/stick wallpaper

Measure and cut the first strip of your wallpaper. The strip should be the entire length of the wall to ensure you do not break up its pattern.

5. Hang peel and stick wallpaper and smooth out air bubbles

It’s now time to install the wallpaper!

First, line up the top of the paper at the top corner of the ceiling, then simply peel the backing off to reveal the adhesive. As you peel, evenly press the entire piece down the wall. The strip will fully cure the wall. Next, use a smoothing tool to press the paper onto the wall and smooth out any air bubbles. Make sure not to press too firmly because you may rip the paper.

Use the same technique to apply the other strips.

6. Cut and fix removable wallpaper as needed

If you are working around a window or cabinet, trim the excess material to make it fit. If you notice that the pattern isn’t lining up, you can pull the strip off the wall lightly and reapply it.