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The Differences Between Wallpaper Types

Wondering which is better: traditional wallpaper or peel and stick wallpaper?

Many customers may question, “which is better traditional regular wallpaper or peel and stick wallpaper?” We are sharing the differences between removable wallpaper, also known as peel and stick wallpaper, vs pre-pasted or unpasted traditional wallpaper. 

Let's delve into the disparities between removable wallpaper (also known as peel and stick wallpaper) and pre-pasted or unpasted traditional wallpaper.


Havana Palm Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Peel and stick wallpaper, often dubbed as removable wallpaper, offers a simple alternative to traditional wallpaper with its self-adhesive backing. Unlike pre-pasted or traditional paper, it's applied without messy pastes or glues and removes cleanly in minutes.

The primary distinction lies in the back liner. Peel and stick wallpaper is the sole option with a self-adhesive backing requiring no other activation.

Wallpaper Application Methods

Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Peel and stick wallpaper applies like a sticker, available by the roll, wall mural or precut panel. It's versatile, ideal for various rooms, and allows for creative design choices. It allows decorators the freedom to embrace bold colors, cover a half wall, transform ceilings, and more.

Removable Wallpaper
Removable wallpaper is the same as peel and stick wallpaper. While it boasts a variety of names in the design world, it is commonly referred to as peel and stick or temporary wallpaper.

Tempaper & Co. initially embraced the term 'temporary' in our tagline, before strategically shifting to removable wallpaper in order to distinguish it from traditional options. Today, we refer to it as peel and stick because it has evolved into its own unique category.

Unpasted Wallpaper
Traditional wallpaper can also be referred to as traditional, unpasted or non-woven wallpaper. This type of wallpaper is not self-adhesive, so a paste or glue is required for application. It does not remove easily and is applied as a long-term solution.

Pre-pasted Wallpaper
Pre-pasted wallpaper is an alternative to traditional wallpaper. While it does require paste or water to be applied, some can be removed.

Grasscloth Unpasted Wallpaper
Our real Grasscloth unpasted wallpaper has uncut edges, so we recommend hiring an installer to apply it in your space. Unlike our peel and stick wallpaper, it doesn’t include a self-adhesive backing, so a special paste is required for installation.
There are many benefits for choosing authentic grasscloth wallpaper. It features high-quality texture, a timeless design, and can stick to textured or bumpy surfaces.

Find more resources for wallpaper application, tips and tricks HERE.

Wallpaper Longevity

Peel and stick wallpaper can be a long or short-term solution. To keep peel and stick wallpaper from falling off your intended surface and to ensure that it will last in your space, we recommend prepping your walls before beginning your project. It should stay on your wall or surface until you are ready to remove it.

Unpasted wallpaper, pre-pasted wallpaper, and authentic grasscloth are all intended to serve as long-term design solutions.


Banana Leaf Peel and Stick Wallpaper


Which Type of Wallpaper Do You Prefer?

When deciding between traditional paste wallpaper and peel and stick wallpaper, consider your needs. Peel and stick is favored by renters for its affordability and easy installation. It's temporary, DIY-friendly, and removes cleanly. Traditional wallpaper offers durability and works on more surfaces. Both have their merits; choose based on your preferences and budget. All in all, you should choose the print you love at the price point you are okay with.

Understanding the differences between wallpaper types can help you make an informed decision based on your requirements and preferences. Our team is always standing by to answer any questions you may have about our products. Contact us today.

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