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How to Hang Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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Determine How Much Wallpaper You Need
Rolls of wallpaper laying on a flat service.

Before you begin transforming your space, you'll need to measure the room's height and depth to determine just how many  rolls your need. 

You can use a tape measure and do the math or take advantage of our wallpaper calculator to determine the number of rolls you need for your project.

Prepare Your Surface
Man wiping down a wall's 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 Step
Man measuring a wall.

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.

Cut Strips and Start Hanging from the Top
Man flattening wallpaper.

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.

Smooth Paper and Cut Along Edges
Man smoothing down wallpaper.

Use a plastic smoother to get rid of the air bubbles and create an even look. Repeat all along the wall, making sure not to press the smoother too hard into the wallpaper so you don't cause tearing. 

When adding paper along windows, line the wallpaper up along the top and side of the window. Cut along the edge, using a utility knife, then smooth the wallpaper down. 

Enjoy the View
Freshly hung wallpaper applied near a window.

Once you've smoothed out the wallpaper, you can start adding outlet covers back to walls and bring furniture back into the space. Enjoy your newly updated space.

More Peel and Stick Wallpaper Ideas
A dining room with botanical wallpaper.
  • Stir up something new in the kitchen. Cover your island in a fun peel and stick wallpaper print.
  • Refresh your dining room with a patterned design. Add it above wainscoting and moulding for a chic look or go all out on an accent wall. 
  • Smarten up a book case. Put a bold peel and stick wallpaper design behind its shelves.
  • Take your staircase to a new level. Cover its risers with peel and stick wallpaper in an unexpected pattern.

Adding wallpaper to a room can easily add an element of style. With this guide and the right supplies, you'll be ready to update any room in your house. The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.