Peel and stick wallpaper has had a moment lately – it’s flexibility in rentals, ease of application, and the explosion of design and pattern choices has completely transformed the market and brought us so many more options…but that leaves us with another issue. Where should you actually buy it?
It seems that nearly everyone is selling temporary peel and stick wallpaper these days, but there might be a few on this list you aren’t familiar with. I’ve gathered up my favorite sources from businesses both big and small so simplify the hunt you so can get back to transforming your space!
PS: Want a way to spice up your walls without starting a huge project? Check out my huge resource page for free, public domain printables!
Make sure you scroll through to the bottom for some tips and tricks for getting that perfect application!
FAQs about Peel and Stick Wallpaper
What makes peel and stick wallpaper removable? Does peel and stick wallpaper last?
While traditional wallpaper is applied with paste and adheres permanently, peel and stick wallpaper uses a less tacky pre-applied adhesive that adheres very well to smooth walls. Unfortunately, if you have textured walls, the durability and longevity just aren’t going to be the same (I used it on textured walls in our first house, and it didn’t hold up well).
The paper comes with two parts: a printed front with a sticky adhesive back, attached to a glossy backing. You just peel the backing away from the adhesive side, and stick it on the wall!
PS: Before purchasing, be sure to make sure you are actually getting the version you intend to!
Will peel and stick wallpaper damage my walls?
Generally, no. But you need to make sure to follow the instructions. You are putting adhesive on your walls, after all. Avoid applying anything to freshly painted walls that haven’t had time to cure (usually a month or more), textured walls, or damaged walls.
While peel and stick wallpaper can cover a multitude of sins, it will only camouflage any imperfections beneath the surface. It’s best to start with a great base, free of blemishes, and then apply your peel and stick wallpaper for the best result.
- Removable and temporary
- Easy to remove
- Pros don’t like installing it
- Doesn’t work with textured walls
- Can’t be applied on freshly painted surfaces
Where to Buy Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Siblings Elizabeth and Mike founded Chasing Paper, and are third-generation printers. They work with artists to bring unique and stunning prints and patterns to the peel and stick, removable wallpaper market. Every design is non-toxic, made in the USA, and easy to install.
This is the brand that made me fall in love with wallpaper again. I first found them through an absolutely fabulous bouffant wallpaper they made for a room makeover on a design show years ago (that I can’t remember the name of right now), and I have spent much of the last decade browsing through their collections.
Samples: Available, around $6 each
Good ol’ Amazon – they have everything, and that includes some pretty beautiful wallpapers. You can’t beat Prime shipping if you’re up against a deadline or the generous returns policy if you aren’t sure about a color or pattern. I especially love the Navy Arrowhead option below. It draws your eye up, feels sophisticated, and colorful while somehow still staying neutral.
Samples: Sometimes, but with Prime you can always return a roll if you aren’t happy with it.
As a small business owner, I try and purchase small whenever I can, and I love that Etsy makes that so easy! Pretty much any print, color, pattern, or theme of peel and stick wallpaper you can think of is available here, and I’ve lost more than a few hours scrolling through the beautiful options!
Samples: Sometimes! It depends on the shop, but you can always reach out to see if it’s something the seller offers.
When you think of Home Depot, you probably think of orange buckets, the smell of freshly cut lumber, and countless trips back to the store during renovations. Me too – BUT. They’ve been absolutely crushing it in the home decor space lately, and it’s worth mentioning they have an excellent selection of peel and stick wallpapers, too.
I was actually stuck at Home Depot for a little over an hour not too long ago, and I spent a little of my down time looking through the wallpaper options – it was a good thing I didn’t bring my credit card with me, because I would have purchased quite a few!
Samples: Yep! Prices vary, between $6-$10.
Relatively new to the peel and stick wallpaper space are Luiz and Kelly of Walls by Me. I LOVE their designs, and their murals are to die for as well. I’m definitely eyeing some of the florals for my daughter’s room makeover soon.
Samples: Yes! Around $10
Target generally has the same 5 or 6 designs available in-store, but there are TONS more online. I’ve bought a few of these, and have been very happy with the quality.
Samples: No, but Target makes returns easy – just take it back to the store.
The thing that sets Walls Need Love apart is their ability to send you pre-trimmed panels, exact to your project dimensions. As someone who has trouble cutting straight lines, I can definitely see the value of having them pre-cut. They’ve been around since 2008, and the variety they offer in prints and colors is definitely appreciated!
Samples: Two sizes – $4 for the 8.5″x11″, and $24 for the 26″x26″.
Even More Sources for Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- #8: Serena and Lily – These prints skew a little more traditional, so if that’s up your alley, check them out!
- #9 Tempaper Designs – The designer collections here are beautiful, but a little more expensive than the usual peel and stick variety.
- #10 Eazywallz – Fantastic large scale murals and TONS of options for wallpaper. Quick shipping too!
- #11 Blik – Great wallpaper, but also some really neat graphics!
- #12 Wallshoppe – Love designer collections? You’ll definitely want to check Wallshoppe out – they have tons of collaborations!
- #13 Copper Corners – Huge on IG, Mary-Catheryn has great behind the scenes stories, and beautiful wallpapers, print, and original work for sale on her website!
- #14 Anthropologie – Gorgeous. Expensive. ‘Nuff Said.
- #15 Urban Outfitters – I’ve been a lover of everything Urban Outfitters Home for a really long time – I’m always surprised at how affordable everything is, peel and stick wallpaper and murals included!
- #16 Hygge & West – The florals…stunning.
- #17 West Elm – Wide price ranges, and designs across many different genres
- #18 Graham & Brown – Their moody florals collection is beautiful, and the perfect way to modernize your home and still keep a botanical element
- #19 Wallternatives – Great wallpapers, but lots of other stuff too…even stair riser decals!
- #20 Drop It Modern Design House – launched by Bree in 2008 out of her garage, Drop it Modern has just about anything you could look for…and their website is STUNNING.
- #21 Carter + Main – Great designs and free shipping!
- #22 Kate Zaremba Company – The product photos are shot in real rooms, which I love! It really lets you see what it would look like in real life.
- #23 Pottery Barn, PB Teen, and Pottery Barn Kids – All three offer fantastic patterns, and a household name you know you can trust.
- #24 Society6 – Their murals are to die for. I want to buy them all.
What to Look For When Purchasing Peel and Stick Wallpaper
The quality of the adhesive, print, backing, and density of the paper will all have a significant impact on the outcome and durability of your project. Here’s what you should look for when purchasing peel and stick wallpaper:
- Only order from a reputable company
- If you order samples, they should be well packaged, arrived undamaged, and feel durable in the hand
- The ink should not smudge, discolor, or distort in any way
- There should be no chemical smell
- Test a sample in a discreet area – it should apply and remove easily, and leave no residue
I’ve found it helpful to test different brands against each other – it’s amazing how just the touch of your hand can tell which product is going to last.
How to Measure and Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper
How to Measure for Ordering Peel and Stick Wallpaper
- Measure the width of your wall and divide by the width of a single panel of peel and stick wallpaper
- If you have a LOT of doors or windows in the wall you are trying to cover, you’ll want to subtract that amount from your total, but I tend to leave it in just in case, since it’s always better to have too much than not enough.
- Dye lots can vary – try and order everything all at once, and plan to purchase an overage of 15-20%.
Quick Guide: How To Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Peel and stick wallpaper is generally very forgiving, but there are a few things to know. First, you’ll want to grab these tools when starting the application:
- Measuring Tape
- Straightedge or Yardstick
- Utility Knife
- Wallpaper Smoother (you can use a credit card, too)
- Pen or Pencil
- If you are new to DIYing, I have a great list of tools to get you started here
Plan your pattern placement before you start hanging, and try to minimize waste by finding where the pattern repeats. You can use this information to plan where to start (i.e., in the middle of a wall, in the corner, etc.) and where it will end and avoid having to cut bizarrely shaped or sized pieces of wallpaper and be left with an unusable portion of your roll.
Make sure your first piece is level before you hang it up – this is where your level comes in. You don’t just want to blindly trust that the corners of your room are perfectly square, 99/100 times…they aren’t.
Ensuring your first piece is level (and every piece after that, really) will make sure you don’t have a pattern that gradually rises/falls, which would show the spots where your pieces meet. Smooth out any bubbles or creases as you go with your wallpaper smoother (or a credit card).
Once your room is fully wallpapered, you will likely have some excess wallpaper up at the top of the room by your ceiling, and down at the bottom by your floor. Use your utility knife to trim these pieces off.
Use your wallpaper smoother to push the wallpaper up/down toward the corner where the wall meets the ceiling/floor/molding, and keep pressure on it. Then, use your utility knife to trim off any excess above/below the smoother, and move both as you go. Scissors come in handy to trim big pieces, like those around doors and windows.
You’re probably no longer wondering where to buy peel and stick wallpaper, and jumping right into a project. I’d love to see what you create! If you end up purchasing some and install it, send me a DM or tag me on Instagram @diywithoutfear. I’d love to see it!