Applying Peel and Stick Wallpaper: What You Need to Know


June 28, 2023

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a fantastic alternative to traditional wallpapering methods that require adhesive and professional installation. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to a room without the commitment of traditional wallpaper. 

It is also easy to install and remove, making it a perfect option for renters or those who frequently change their decor. Here are some tips for applying peel-and-stick wallpaper for a flawless finish: 

1. Prep the Walls

Before applying peel-and-stick removable wallpaper, it is essential to thoroughly clean and prep the walls. Start by wiping the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust or debris. Allow the walls to dry completely before moving on to the next step. If the walls are particularly dirty or greasy, you may need to use a mild detergent solution to clean them.

Next, fill in any holes or cracks in the walls with spackling compound and sand smooth. This will ensure that the wallpaper adheres evenly and smoothly to the wall. If you have textured walls, you may need to sand them down to create a smooth surface for the wallpaper.

2. Measure and Cut

Measure the height and width of the wall you wish to cover with wallpaper. Cut the wallpaper to size using a utility knife and a straight edge. Be sure to add an extra inch or two to the height and width to allow for any trimming or adjustments during installation. Labeling each strip of wallpaper with its corresponding location on the wall is also helpful to avoid confusion during installation.

3. Start at the Top

Start at the Top of the wall and work your way down. Peel off a small section of the backing paper from the Top of the wallpaper and line it up with the Top of the wall. Smooth any air bubbles or wrinkles with a smoothing tool or squeegee, working from the center outward.

4. Align the Pattern

If you use patterned wallpaper, aligning the pattern correctly as you install each strip is essential. This will ensure the pattern matches up seamlessly from one strip to the next. To align the pattern, match up the design on the wallpaper with the design on the strip you just hung. Simple Shapes wallpaper is made to overlap just under a quarter inch.  When you overlap you will see any patterns will match perfectly.

5. Smooth Out Air Bubbles

If you notice any air bubbles or wrinkles in the wallpaper, use a smoothing tool or squeegee to smooth them out. Work from the center outwards, using firm but gentle pressure to ensure the wallpaper adheres evenly to the wall. If there are any stubborn air bubbles, you can use a small needle or pin to prick them and release the air.

6. Take Your Time

Installing peel-and-stick wallpaper can be time-consuming, especially with a pattern or multiple strips. It is essential to take your time and work carefully to ensure a flawless finish. Take your time with the process and try to cut corners, as this can result in a less-than-perfect result.

7. Remove and Reapply

If you make a mistake during installation or need to adjust the wallpaper for any reason, don't panic! Peel and stick wallpaper are easy to remove and reapply, so you can make any necessary adjustments without damaging the wallpaper or the wall. 

Peel off the wallpaper and reposition it as needed. If the wallpaper has lost some stickiness, you can use a spray adhesive to help it adhere more securely to the wall.

8. Trim the Edges

Once the wallpaper is installed, use a sharp utility or craft knife to trim any excess wallpaper from the edges of the wall. Hold the knife at a slight angle to create a clean, straight edge. Use scissors to make rough cuts if there is a lot of excess to be trimmed.  Then use  the utility/craft knife to make the final trim cut.

9. Consider a Backsplash

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is not just for walls! You can also use it to create a stylish backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. Measure and cut the wallpaper to fit the space and apply it directly to the wall. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is waterproof and easy to clean, making it a perfect kitchen or bathroom backsplash option.

10. Experiment with Patterns and Colors

One of the best things about peel-and-stick wallpaper is its availability in various patterns and colors. Feel free to experiment with different styles and colors to find the perfect look for your space. Whether you want to create a bold accent wall or a subtle backdrop, a peel-and-stick wallpaper option will suit your needs.


Peel-and-stick wallpaper is an easy and affordable way to add personality and style to your home decor. By following these tips and taking time during installation, you can achieve a flawless finish that will enhance the look of any room in your home. So why not see how peel-and-stick wallpaper can transform your space?

Ready to transform your space into a modern masterpiece? Look no further than Simple Shapes–the leader in modern wall decals, stickers, and temporary wallpaper! Our husband and wife team, consisting of an Architect and a Graphic Designer, has a keen sense of design reflected in every product we offer. Get out peel-and-stick wallpaper today! 

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