Will peel and stick wallpaper damage my walls?

If you're looking for a cost-effective, easy way to update your space - but not sure you want to commit FOREVER, you're probably considering peel and stick wallpaper.  

Likewise if you're renting - after all, you may love your beautiful boho rainbow wallpaper, but it's possible your landlord may have other feelings. 

So, planning to get a wallpaper you can remove quickly and easily when the time comes is important. 

If you've got concerns about whether your wallpaper will damage your walls when it's time to remove it, we're here to give you answers.

(If you'd like to skip straight to our wallpaper range, head over here).

Peel and stick striped wallpaper  

Our Ochre Thick Stripe Peel and Stick Wallpaper

What is peel and stick wallpaper?

Peel and stick wallpaper is just that -- you peel it off its backing paper then stick it to your walls. Remember the contact paper you used to cover your school books in? It's kind of like that. 

Depending on where you purchase your peel and stick wallpaper, it's available in a range of widths. A width is known as a 'drop' in wallpaper lingo.

Then, you'll need the find a length that's the same as - or longer than - the height of your room. 

The advantage of peel and stick wallpaper over the traditional kind is it's much, MUCH easier to put up. No glue, no hiring people, no mess, no fuss. 

You can easily do it yourself (although it's definitely easier with a helper).

So will peel and stick wallpapers damage my walls?

Well, some brands will. We don't want to name names. We'll just say ours will NOT damage your walls. We use Photo Tex paper which is the current industry leader in the field.

It's not the cheapest, but we've tested a number of types over the years and found that it's worth spending the extra money on this brand to get the best results. 

The great thing about the removability of Photo Tex is not just that it's easier to take down once you're done with it. It's that it's really easy to apply. Don't get it perfect the first time? Peel it away and try again. Get air bubbles underneath it? Peel it back and remove them. 

Note: The more times you remove the wallpaper, the less sticky it will become - so try and be sparing with your peelin' and stickin'.

Thick stripe wallpaper in ocean blue

Deep Ocean Thick Stripe Wallpaper

I have crumbly paint. Will the wallpaper bring it off the walls?

Well, possibly, yes. If your paint is already flaking off your walls, then our 'no damage' rule may not apply. The point is that Photo Tex paper is really gentle when it comes to peeling off. Think off peeling the paper off the top of the spreadable butter tub - it just kind of slides off the walls...

So, how long will the wallpaper last for?

Our peel and stick wallpaper will last for many years provided it's applied to clean, dry walls.

Just don't use it on recently painted walls, brick walls, or walls that have been painted using washable or teflon based paints because it won't stick properly.

Peel and stick wallpaper is growing in popularity for good reason. It's quick and easy to apply and, with the large range of colours and patterns available, it's an easy way to achieve a dramatic transformation. 

Do a little bit of prep (we're talking a gentle clean) to your walls and it'll be there as long as you want it to be. And buy it from us, and it'll remove just as easily when the time comes.  

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