Once favored by fussy grandmas everywhere, wallpaper is back and more popular than ever. And why not? Few design elements can transform and customize a room the way that wallpaper can. Whether it’s a bold palm print in the bathroom or a subtle geometric pattern behind your bed, wallpaper can turn a blank wall into a work of art worthy of a Zoom or Instagram backdrop.
But if you’re renting an apartment, gluing and plastering traditional wallpaper is one design decision that could cost you your security deposit.
That’s where temporary, or peel and stick, wallpaper comes in. This removable wallpaper is commitment-free and easy to remove from your walls without damaging them, making it the perfect wallpaper for rental apartments. With so many great renter-friendly wallpaper options out there, the only difficult part is deciding which one is right for your space.
Before You Start: Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper for Renters
- Check with your property manager: Always review your lease or contact your property manager before starting a decoration project. Let them know you’re installing temporary, peel and stick wallpaper for renters.
- Make a plan: Do you want a single accent wall or is your mind set on decorating a whole bathroom? Will you have to work around obstacles like windows, doors, electrical outlets, or light switches? If it’s your first time decorating with renter-friendly wallpaper or you don’t want to commit to a major project, choose a small area. A space like an entryway or hallway will require the least amount of details and cuts.
- Pay attention to the wallpaper’s design: Geometric or repeating patterns can be difficult to match at the edges. Conversely, a busy or intricate design will hide any mistakes or flaws like air bubbles or slightly mismatched sheets. It’s also a good idea to order a sample swatch, if available. That way, you’ll get to see the decor in your space before committing to a large order.
- Measure your walls: When you’ve made a decision of where to wallpaper, measure and then measure again. There’s nothing worse than waiting weeks for your wallpaper to arrive, only to find out that you didn’t order enough.
- Buy more wallpaper than you think you need: You’re going to make mistakes. You’ll also have waste, particularly at the top and bottom of the wall, so it’s smart to buy extra wallpaper. You won’t regret it.
- Gather other necessary supplies: Though it’s simple to assemble, even peel and stick wallpaper requires some additional tools, such as an Exacto knife to trim and cut the wallpaper, a squeegee to smooth out any air bubbles, a stepladder to hang, and a level to ensure your borders are straight.
Tips for Hanging Easy Removable Wallpaper for Apartments
- Phone a friend: Putting up renter-friendly wallpaper in your apartment is still a big job, no matter how simple it sounds. It’s helpful to have an extra set of hands and eyes to line up the sheets and make sure they’re straight before sticking them to the wall. Ask a friend, a roommate or a significant other to set aside an afternoon to help hang your removable wallpaper.
- Read the directions: While hanging removable wallpaper in your apartment is a relatively low-risk decorating project, it’s still important to read the directions beforehand. That way you’ll know how to prep the walls, which order to hang the sheets, and how much overlap to expect in each panel.
- Clear out some workspace: Having a large, flat workspace allows you to lay out the sheets for measuring and cutting. One note: if you are using your floor as your workspace, consider placing a piece of cardboard on the floor underneath the wallpaper. You don’t want the knife to go through the paper and nick your floor.
- Shine a bright light on your wall: Bright light will help you spot—and take care of—any air bubbles before you move on to the next panel.
Peel It. Stick It. Love It at Southern Management.
If you’re tired of blank, empty walls, consider spicing them up with peel and stick wallpaper for renters. With dozens of designs to pick from, removable wallpaper can add color and personality to your apartment without ruining your walls.
If temporary wallpaper isn’t enough to make you love the walls you’re currently living in, consider finding a new apartment to decorate at Southern Management. With 75 apartment communities, our team is confident that we can find the perfect location and floor plan to make you feel right at home.
Contact our team to learn more today.