Installing: Peel and Stick Wallpaper
**We suggest two people for this job, but it can be done alone.**
Tools you will need:
Have the necessary tools lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration. As long as you have a Sponge, Utility Knife and some kind of wallpaper smoother and a large tub, you should be fine, but this is the whole list:
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Wallpaper roller (optional)
- Wallpaper smoother
- Most importantly: LADDER
Prep the wall -
Before hanging the wallpaper it’s good to check that the wall surface is dry, clean and smooth. **NO POPCORN WALLS**
Important tips before you start:
- Always start your project on the most left corner or the left part of the space you are wallcovering. Installation should go left to right.
- The following steps should be followed through per panel before moving on to the next panel.
- Set your ladder in the position where you are mounting your panel so it is ready.
Setting up the panel-
- Roll out all your panels and make sure you start with the one that says “Panel 1”.
- Peel about 12-24 inches of the wallpaper off the backing. Position yourself to the farthest left of your project, stick the top of the panel to the top of your wall, you can even bleed it over the ceiling and trim it later, if you want a very flushed look.
- Once the part you have peeled off is stuck securely to the wall, start pulling down more of the plastic backing while smoothing and pressing it onto the wall, until you reach the bottom of the panel.
Gently smoothing out wallpaper-
Once the panel is on the wall, take the wallpaper smoother, trying to remove any bubbles that have formed. Small bubbles will eventually dissipate once dried because the paper does shrink a little, but if you still see them a hot blow dryer should do the trick.
All peel and stick material has an approximate ¼ inch overlap to make for an easy installation process and avoid any white spaces.
Use a scissors for obstructions -
Use a scissors instead of a knife to avoid accidentally cutting into wood trim and other obstacles.
When you’re up against trim or other obstacles, you’ll need to make a relief cut before trimming the paper. You could make the cut with a knife, but scissors are better to avoid scratching the trim.