Customize Stairs With Removable Wallpaper (Renter-Friendly!)

Easy staircase update from abeautifulmess.comIf you’ve been reading A Beautiful Mess for very long, then you might remember back when we first moved into our studio house and we were planning how we wanted to decorate everything. One dream we had was to add some color or pattern to our entryway staircase. But our big hesitation was we didn’t know if we wanted to permanently alter our old (probably original) staircase. The pressure was on for sure!

Recently we decided that before we move, we just had to pull the trigger, but with an update that wasn’t permanent. We realized this is also a great opportunity to talk about removable wallpaper because it’s a super useful home decor element for those who are looking for a temporary change or for rentals. So we thought this would be a great post to work with, as they are a great source for anyone looking to move (and rent) this year. Several of our friends have used the site when hunting down a rental because it’s a trustworthy resource–the reviews are verified as written by actual residents, and the 3D floor plans make it easier to inspect the rental.

Stair makeover with removeable wallpaperHere you can see the before and after. Not a completely different staircase, but man does that pop of pattern add so much personality! Our only regret is that we didn’t do this sooner!!! Here are our tips for hanging removable wallpaper in your space.

How to hang removeable wallpaper Our house is, like I said, an older house (over 100 years old!), which means that most features aren’t exact, like the walls don’t have exact angles and the stairs are not all exactly the same size. Don’t assume, be sure to measure. For us this meant finding the largest stair and cutting out all our papers to that size first.

We bought five panels from Chasing Paper in order to cover our entire staircase, with some scraps left over. 

How to hang removeable wallpaperThen we held the wallpaper up to the stair and folded it if it was too big. This is an easy way to identify your trim line and get your wallpaper to fit exactly as you need on each stair front.

How to hang removeable wallpaper Once you have your wallpaper trimmed to size, remove a strip of the back down the center. 

How to hang removeable wallpaper Line up your wallpaper and press down in the center. Then remove one side at a time and press in place. Starting in the center gives you more control over the placement than if you start on an edge. 

Stair makeover from abeautifulmess.comI’m SO happy we finally took the plunge and updated our entryway staircase. Hooray! And it’s even better that I know we can easily remove this update someday if we choose. Double hooray! Do you have any stairs, bookcases, or built-ins that you plan to add removable wallpaper to this year? xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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