I can't speak for anyone else, but selecting the color of my bedroom was easily one of the most taxing decisions I've ever had to make. You'll be staring at your walls for a significant chunk of time so you obviously want to make sure you choose the best paint or wallpaper for your tastes.

Almost as if they heard our prayers, stores are now selling something called removable wallpaper for the commitment-phobe in all of us.

What Is Removable Wallpaper?

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Quite literally, it's wallpaper you can take off the walls without any painfully long methods. It sticks to the wall without issue and you can easily remove it when you think it's time for a change.

Why Removable Wallpaper Is The Newest Trend

A tedious task of remodeling is pulling down wallpaper. Despite the different removal methods available, actually removing it is still a giant pain. Removable wallpaper, on the other hand, doesn't require any of those time-consuming methods when you change your mind. Removing the paper also doesn't leave a sticky residue on the walls.

You don't need anyone to apply the paper for you either. Sticking removable wallpaper to the walls might take the same amount of time as the regular stuff, but it's also way more forgiving if you make a mistake along the way.

How Does Removable Wallpaper Differ From Regular Wallpaper?

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If you've ever applied normal wallpaper then you know that decision is pretty hard to redo. You need to peel the paper with putty knives and some kind of homemade solution like vinegar and boiling water. You'll also only get pieces of it off at a time and to peel an entire room will take hours or even days.

Wallpaper is also susceptible to staining over time. Not only can your paper get discolored but it can also develop air bubbles. Trying to smooth things out can be impossible.

Removable wallpaper can be reused when normal wallpaper can't. It can also be peeled from the wall without leaving any residue. An added bonus is that taking down removable wallpaper isn't an all-day job either.

Things To Keep In Mind

Any product out there will have cheaper versions available. Splurging on good quality paper will give you something that sticks with ease, won't leave a residue, can be reused, and won't peel at random times. If you go for cheaper removable wallpaper then you might run into issues like weaker adhesives.

Where Can I Get Removable Wallpaper?

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Many vendors are now selling removable wallpaper. You can find it online from places like Walls Need Love and Chasing Paper or from hardware stores like Home Depot. Places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters will carry some designs as well. Other online retailers would also have them, so all you need to do is a little searching. The prices will typically range from $25.00 - $40.00 per box, but depending on the size of your wall, you may need more than one box. Measure before you arrive in stores and double-check with experts to get their professional opinion about how many boxes you'll need. Don't be shocked to spend anywhere from $100 - $200 for one room.

Since they often come in squares, you can also use removable wallpaper for smaller projects like the inside of drawers, stairs, or accents on a wall.

How Do I Apply Removable Wallpaper?

There are some precautions you'll need to take before applying removable wallpaper. Some of the techniques are similar to applying regular wallpaper, so if you've performed that task before then you're already ahead of the curve.

  • Pick a good quality paper. As we mentioned before, you're more likely to run into issues when you're working with the low-quality stuff. It'll also ensure an easy removal process.
  • Give your walls a proper clean before you apply removable wallpaper. Remove any dust or grime so that the adhesive works properly.
  • Make the proper measurements before you place any paper down. You'd do well to measure more than once, too, so you don't make any slip-ups.
  • Don't peel too many squares of paper off at a time. The more you rip off at one time, the more likely it is that the paper will stick to itself.

Final Notes

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With the uprising of removable wallpaper, many retailers are stocking up on the item. You'll be able to find it just about anywhere you'd get regular wallpaper at moderate prices. Be mindful to choose the paper that best suits your tastes because removal can still be pretty tricky if you've never done it before. If you happen to make a mistake during application or want to reuse the paper, be sure to save the paper backing. Some removable wallpapers also guarantee to re-stick 99 times. This latest invention in wallpaper is sure to make remodeling much easier!

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