Best tips on how to apply and remove peel and stick wallpapers

Removable wallpaper has definitely become one of the best ways how to quickly change an aesthetic at home. It is easy to put on and easy to remove. However, if it is your first time doing home renovations or just your first time working with temporary wallpaper, it might feel a bit scary. But don’t worry, here we have a few tips on how to apply the wallpaper and how to safely remove it when it is time.

You don’t need to be an expert to use peel and stick wallpaper – it is a perfect option for DIY home renovation and for easy, overnight room transformation.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply and remove peel and stick wallpapers in the easiest way possible.


How to apply the peel and stick wallpaper

Prep work

First of all, you will need to prep the wall. Clean with a wet sponge and let it dry before applying wallpaper.

Then switch off the electricity and remove all casings of outlets.

Visualizing and choosing the right measurements

Once the chosen wallpaper is in hand, the very fundamental thing to do is to map out the room. Visualize where everything is going and plan it out. Know the proper sizing and prep the wall. Be sure that there is enough peel and stick wallpaper to fill in the wall or walls in the room.

Use a pencil to add measurements to the wall where your wallpaper will be.

Cut the wallpaper in the length of the wall or a little more. You can apply it a little bit over the wall lengths and cut it off later with a paper-knife.

Applying the wallpaper

Gently apply the peel and stick wallpaper from the plumb line of the walls (at least a few inches above). Another important thing to note on how to apply peel and stick wallpaper is to make sure that the seam of your wallpaper is not visible to the naked eye, especially when your wallpaper has a pattern design, as the uneven placement can be recognized easily.

Remember to don’t pull off all the back paper all at once. Rather, starting from the top to the bottom, stick the wallpaper on the wall, and while doing that, slowly pull off the back paper while you are applying the wallpaper.

To smooth out air bubbles, use a plastic smoother or any other tool that might work for this job.


How to remove the peel and stick wallpaper

If you are choosing peel and stick wallpaper, you are definitely already keeping in mind that one day you will want to peel it off. When that day comes, here is a short instruction on how to do it effectively.

Create holes onto the peel and stick wallpaper with a scoring tool or any other available similar tool and spray with water. Let it soak for a bit. After 10 minutes, gently use a scraper or putty knife to remove the peel and stick wallpaper on the wall. Be careful in putting the scraper between the peel and stick wallpaper and drywall so as to not damage it. Sway side to side and lift the wallpaper off.


Why opting for a peel and stick wallpaper is better

Most homes opt for the peel-and-stick wallpaper for the most obvious reason it has on the name. It applies easily and can be removed quickly. It is convenient and can help save money when it comes to home renovations. It is also perfect for people who enjoy following home interior trends – this way they can change their interior main accent wall every year or even more often. The wallpaper design can be personalized as well. If you don’t find the right design, you can always print your own. It is a very customizable option!