How To Make Any Wallpaper Temporary

Ever wanted to make a feature wall, but not wanting to commit to that one pattern? Or do you currently rent, and want a bold coloured wall, but you’re not allowed to stick up wallpaper or paint? Well do I have the solution for you!

I have a method to show you on how to hang any standard wallpaper in a temporary way. So no damage to the wall, none of that dreaded removing with a steamer when you feel like a change. You CAN have that feature wall without that level of commitment, and here’s how!

You will need:

  • Wallpaper of choice
  • Painter’s tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Tape Measure
  • Spray Adhesive (optional)

Firstly, you need to measure up where you’re wanting your wallpaper. In my instance, I wanted it slightly wider than my bed, to act as an oversized headboard feature, which worked out 4 rolls wide.

Next, you need to take your painter’s tape and make a grid on the wall where you would like to place your wallpaper. I suggest using the wallpaper roll itself as a guide for the width of each section. It really doesn’t matter how neat each section is!

Next step is to take your double sided tape, and stick it on top of the painters tape in little strips. Stick to as close to the edge as you can so that it looks as seamless as possible later.

I then cut the first strip of wallpaper to size to make it easier to handle when sticking to the wall. Then, beginning at the top, peel off the backing of the double sided tape in the first grid, and apply the wallpaper as flush to the ceiling (or in my case the picture rail) as possible for neatness. Smooth out the wallpaper so that there are as few creases as possible, this I would say is the hardest bit. I found doing it grid by grid was easier than attempting a whole strip all in one.

Then carry on down the strip, grid by grid until your first strip is on, smoothing out as you go! My double sided tape was forgiving enough to allow me to peel off and re-stick if I didn’t have it right first time!

Repeat for the remaining strips. The best method I found for the overlap, was to leave a little overlap gap, and use spray adhesive at the end to blend the seams. The other method I would recommend is to use the double sided tape as close to the edge as possible on the overlapping sheet.

Overall I’m really quite happy with how this turned out. I could have the dark feature wall I wanted without risking my deposit, and I can change my mind very quickly and easily pull it down! Though it’s not as perfect as if you had put up wallpaper in the traditional way, it is pretty close. It’s also a cheaper method than temporary wallpaper, which was an option I’ve previously considered.

If you have a go, make sure you’re following me on Instagram @budgethomeinteriordesign and you share with me using #thisbudgethome, I’d love to see your creations!

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