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Pre-Pasted vs. Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

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Top reasons why more do-it-yourselfers choose self-adhesive wallpaper to transform their homes and offices.

Wallpaper has made a comeback in recent years. But the options—specifically the application types—can be a little confusing. Pre-pasted or unpasted? Self-adhesive, peel and stick?

Unpasted wallpaper requires that you—or more likely the installer you wisely hired—apply an adhesive paste to the back of every panel before hanging. Only slightly less time consuming to hang, pre-pasted wallpaper has a water-activated adhesive pre-applied to the paper (much like a postage stamp). Both unpasted and pre-pasted wallpaper are more favored by professional installers and super-confident do-it-yourselfers looking for a more permanent wall decorating solution.

For average humans, there’s peel-and-stick—aka “removable wallpaper”—the real gamechanger responsible for wallpaper’s current resurgence. Hassle-free and heaps of fun, peel-and-stick wallpaper isn’t really paper at all; it’s more like a decal or giant sticker made of woven, vinyl fabric with a low-tack adhesive backing. But that’s not the only thing that puts this wallcovering in a class all its own:

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no water, no paste, no mess

“I want to spend hours of my life doing prep-work and cleanup just to feel a little DIY pride,” said nobody ever. Until very recently, only people living in their “forever homes” would ever consider hanging wallpaper. To do so was a commitment——the wallcovering equivalent to marriage rather than just dating. Trips to the hardware store for pasting brushes, sponges, seam-rollers, and other special tools. Hours spent spreading drop cloths to protect floors and furniture from water and sticky wallpaper goo.

With peel-and-stick wallpaper, there’s no paper prep. No booking, soaking, or “shrinkage” (look it up). No hanging around waiting for glue to dry. Outside of making sure your walls are clean and relatively smooth (even a bit of texture is OK), hanging peel-and-stick wallpaper requires hardly any prep.

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for whimsy without worry

Homeowners, students, and renters with landlords who are strict about painting walls. Now anyone can go bold and trendy without fearing they’ll have to repair walls should they be forced to move or find that a color/design fad suddenly fades. No scraping, steaming, peeling, or paying a pro to spackle over blemishes and patch holes to get to recover the clean wall underneath.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is 100% removable with no wall damage or adhesive residue left behind. An easy, affordable, and semi-permanent way to create a statement and make a room pop, it can also be taken with you and reused to line cabinets, stairs, closets, cover doors, or create a backsplash in the kitchen of your new home.

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style without sacrifice

High-quality peel-and-stick adheres to most surfaces. It’s washable, durable, and affordable. An old gripe against peel-and-stick revolved around a once noticeable difference in art quality when compared to traditional wallpaper. But advancements in digital, state-of-the-art printing now gives wallcovering producers the freedom to create an endless array of contemporary patterns, colors, photo-quality murals, high-def graphics, finishes, and even textures.

If you want to quickly turn a room or office space into anything but ordinary, there simply aren’t many cons to using peel-and-stick wallpaper anymore. Check out the collections of custom peel-and-stick wallpaper—or upload your own original art—at

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