Project Guide

How to Hang Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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

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

Wallpaper Calculator

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.

Finish with a Plastic Smoother
Man smoothing down wallpaper.

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

More Peel and Stick Wallpaper Ideas
Wallpaper used on a stairwell.
  • Stir up something new in the kitchen. Cover your island in a fun peel and stick wallpaper print.
  • 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.