So you’ve decided that you want to use peel and stick wallpaper to decorate your home. Congratulations! You’ve chosen to use one of the most effective modern home decor solutions available on the market. Peel and stick wallpaper can instantly transform a space, with fresh colors, fun trends, and gorgeous patterns. You and a friend can install it in just a few hours, and it’s guaranteed removable once you’re ready for something new, meaning it’s perfect for renters!
Now that you’ve made your decision, you’re probably asking yourself:
How much wallpaper do I need?
How do I measure to make sure I purchase enough?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a simple, fail-safe way to calculate how much peel and stick wallpaper you’ll need. Here are the basic steps.
- Pick your wall and product
- Measure your wall
- Make your calculations
- Rounding up and final calculations
- Order and install
Okay, now let’s break it down:
1 – Pick your wall and product
Select the wall (or walls) you’re planning on decorating. Pick your wallpaper, and make sure you know the coverage of one roll. Most of our peel and stick wallpapers cover 28.18 square feet, however that varies from product to product. We’re going to use this cozy living room for our example, and we’re going to decorate it using our Aztec Peel and Stick Wallpaper which has a coverage of 28.18 square feet.
Pro tip – To make sure you’re getting a wallpaper that you are 100% sure you’ll love, try sampling! You can order sample sizes of any peel and stick wallpapers in our collection to try out on your wall before committing to a full purchase.
2 – Measure your wall
To find the square foot area of your wall, you’ll need to measure the height and width of the wall. This accent wall is 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide.
3 – Make your calculations
Figuring out how much wallpaper you’ll need is quite simple. Just use this simple calculation:
(Width x Height) ÷ Roll Coverage = Number of Rolls
Now that we know the calculations, it’s as simple as plugging in your numbers. We know that the wall is 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide, and we know that one roll of our chosen wallpaper cover 28.18 square feet, so the equation now reads:
(9 feet x 8 feet) ÷ 28.18 square feet = 2.6 rolls
4 – Final Calculations and Rounding Up
As per our calculations in the previous step, we know that we need 2.6 rolls to cover this wall. However, you can’t just order a partial roll, so you’ll need to round up and order at least 3 rolls.
Pro tip – If you are new to peel and stick wallpaper hanging, we would also recommend that you add an extra roll to your estimate to make sure you have enough to cover any beginner mistakes. (Don’t worry; we all make them!) It’s also good for pros to have that comfort of mind to order an extra roll. In this case, we would recommend ordering 4 rolls.
5 – Order and install!
Once you’ve calculated how many rolls of wallpaper you’ll need, place your order or purchase your product in store. When the product arrives, have fun installing! We have a step-by-step guide for installation plus video tutorials that you can use here: How to Install Peel and Stick Wallpaper.
And voila! You have an entirely new space thanks to peel and stick wallpaper.
Quick side note on windows and doors. You may have noticed that that we haven’t specifically addressed the issue of windows and doors. If you have a large doorway or window in your wall, simply calculate the square foot area of the window or door in question then subtract it from the wall area. Here’s what the equation would look like this:
(Wall Sq Ft - Window & Door Sq Ft) ÷ Roll Coverage = Number of Rolls
However, if you only have one or two, standard-sized windows or a single door in the wall you’re decorating, we would recommend calculating it the same way you would a blank wall. That way, you are sure to have enough wallpaper to complete the full space.
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