How to Hang Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Self-adhesive wallpaper adds drama and beauty without the commitment

2-4 hours
peel and stick wallpaper

Beautiful and hassle-free, you can usually install peel and stick wallpaper in minutes and remove it in seconds. Also called self-adhesive wallpaper, this versatile wall covering lets you add a pop of color, pattern or texture to walls, stair rises and even furniture.
This guide outlines the steps for prepping the surface and hanging your peel and stick wallpaper.


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Determine how much wallpaper you need

Use our handy calculator to determine the number of rolls you need for your project.

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Prepare your surface
Prepare Your Surface

Remove all faceplates and socket covers. (Be safe and turn off power first.) Use a sponge or cloth and a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and dust from walls. Allow to dry.

 Tip: If walls are newly painted, wait three days before applying peel and stick wallpaper.

Make a guide for your first strip
Make a guide

Measure the width of your wall paper. Starting from the left side of your wall, use a tape measure to mark the wall lightly on the right with a pencil. Put your level on this mark and draw a straight, level, vertical line. This is the guide for your first strip.

Hanging From The Top

Measure and cut strips of wallpaper with your razor blade to fit the height of the wall. Peel back about 12 inches of the backing on a strip, line up the top of the paper at the ceiling, then slowly peel and stick the paper down the wall.

Finish with a plastic smoother

Finally, use a plastic smoother to get rid of the air bubbles and create an even look.

More peel and stick wallpaper ideas
Wallpaper Ideas

A. Stir up something new in the kitchen. Cover your island in a fun peel and stick wallpaper print.

B. Smarten up a book case. Put a bold peel and stick wallpaper design behind its shelves.

C. Take your staircase to a new level. Cover its risers with peel and stick wallpaper in an unexpected pattern.