How to Install Peel and Stick Wallpaper - Step By Step Guide

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Gone are the days when you would need the help of an expert to put up wall coverings, with peel and stick wallpaper in the scene, you can do it yourself. These forgiving removable wallpapers allow you to start over if you made a mistake. If they do not go with the theme of your room, simply peel them away and apply elsewhere. Here is a step by step guide on how to apply peel and stick wallpaper for better results


Recommended Supplies


You'll need specific tools to hang the peel and stick wallpaper.

Wall Sponge Cleaner

Straight Edge & level

Measuring Tape



Utility Knife

Wallcovering Smoother

Step Ladder


Follow the directions to hang peel and stick wallpaper to add life to space with colors and patterns.


Wall Preparations


The first step in installing peel and stick wallpaper includes preparing the wall. It would be best to paint the wall as the wallpaper would not stick if the paint is flaking off the wall. Repair damaged paintwork first.

Turn off the electricity for safety. Remove electric outlet covers, light switch plates, souvenirs, and other wall fixtures. Damp the sponge with non-abrasive wall cleaner to remove scuffs, stains, and grimy fingerprints from the wall's surface.


Take Measurements


It is recommended to start from left, advance towards the right, and then the sides. Calculate the width and length of the peel-and-stick wallpaper, transfer the measurements to the wall, and lightly mark the areas with a pencil. Draw lines over the marks with a straight edge and level. This will help in the straight application of the tack paper.


Install the Peel and Stick Wallpaper


Peel the adhesive backing of the wallpaper and align the wallpaper over the measured lines drawn on the wall. Begin from the top and work your way to the bottom, evenly press and smooth down the wallpaper with gentle strokes, there, you have your first strip on the wall.


Cut & Smooth


After having the first strip applied, cut along the top and bottom any excess with a utility knife. To secure adhesion, push out the air bubbles with the plastic smoother. Do not press hard with the smoother as you might end up tearing the wallpaper. Gently press the smoother over the entire surface for a professional-looking finish.


Remaining Strips Applications with Matching Patterns


It is advised to pre-cut the strips as per the measurements. Match the patterns of the wallpaper and install the subsequent strips. The second strip must slightly overlap the first one and smooth it down with the smoothing tool to make it as level as attainable.


Applying around Corner and Windows  

One might get overwhelmed wondering how to apply wallpaper around windows and outlets? but it is as easy as pie. Let the wallpaper overlap what comes its way, be it door frame, window, or outlet. Once the wallpaper is installed, use a razor or a utility knife to cut around the barriers and remove any excess. Use the smoother to let the wallpaper lay flat around the sides of windows and outlets.You can use them with wall murals.



It is not just peeling the backing and sticking it to the wall. For long-lasting adherence, follow the prep work, prepare the wall, take measurements, application of strips, and Match the patterns. If one does not go by the instructions, there is a high chance of things going south.


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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Oct 01, 2020 02:51 AM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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Great information.   Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Oct 17, 2020 06:15 AM #2
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