How To Apply A Wall Sticker

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Christopher Wiltshire | 2 Comments

Wall sticker application, best practice

Step by step guide to a professional finish

Have you already decided on a wall sticker (or two)? What’s stopping you from making your choice? 

If it’s worry that you won’t be able to put it up and make it look as good as it does in the photos, you’re in luck. Below, you’ll find two methods of applying Wall stickers. Our step by step wall sticker application guide will help achieve the perfect finish. 

If you haven't made a choice yet, have a look at Our range of home wall stickers for a nursery and designs for workspaces and office branding. 

Instructions detailing how to apply Wall stickers 

Wall sticker application - things you'll need 

Don’t worry! Applying a wall sticker is actually much easier than you might think. Here are a few things you need to know: 

  • Make sure your surface is free of dust and dirt by using a damp cloth to wipe it down. Then, allow it to thoroughly dry before you begin the application process.
  • If you’ve recently painted your walls, we recommend waiting 2-3 weeks before putting up your Wall sticker. (If the other side of the Wall is external, it is best to wait 4-5 weeks.) Paint vapours can cause vinyl to bubble and peel.
  • For the best results, don’t rush yourself. For even better results, enlist a partner to help you.


instuctions on how to apply a wall sticker from Wallboss


Useful Tools to Have Nearby 

In addition to the decal, you’ll want to have a roll of masking tape, a pair of scissors, and a squeegee on hand. If you don’t have a squeegee, a credit card is a perfect substitute for a professional finish. 


For the best results follow this exact method

Begin by laying your decal out on a flat surface, such as a table or wood floor. If there are multiple pieces be sure to lay it out exactly as you want to see it on the wall. 


The Perfect Placement 

Decide where you want to apply the sticker. Position your decal into place. Using the top corners, hold the sticker against the wall.

It is a good idea to use a spirit level to Make sure the decal is straight.

Before you go any further, it’s a good idea to ask someone to stand a good distance from the Wall and critique your placement. Is the sticker level? Is it at the right height? Once you are 100% certain you are happy with the placement, position your decal (or the separate pieces) into place and secure it using a long strip of masking tape that is vertically placed directly down the middle of the decal. 


using a spirit level to position the sticker correctly


 vertical and diagnal positioning

Applying the Sticker to Your Wall 

Now, on one side of the masking tape hinge, pull the backing paper (thicker solid paper) away from the vinyl and application tape. Once the backing paper has been peeled away, cut it off with a pair of scissors and smooth the sticker into place.

Then, do the same thing to the other side but don't forget to move the masking tape hinge over so that you can remove the remaining piece of backing paper.

Make sure everything is completely pressed flat and doesn’t show any bubbles. This is when the squeegee or credit card will come in handy. Take your time, as this is crucial to prevent unsightly bubbles or creases. 


peel away the sticker backing paper


using a plastic card to apply the wall sticker without any bubbles


The Final Step 

Next, carefully and slowly remove the front sheet of paper. (This should be done very slowly to make certain none of the sticker is lifted off too.).

Again, do this slowly to prevent it from taking off any of the stickers. If this happens, push the application tape back down and rub it securely into place before you continue pulling away from the tape.

Be sure to pull off the masking tape, as well. 


removing the front protection paper from the sticker


peel the paper carefully to avoid breakages to the sticker


How do you like the final results? Fabulous, right? 


final finish after applying the wall sticker carefully


Now that you know how simple it is to apply Wall stickers, it's time to order the perfect stickers for the walls of your home. Whether you prefer an inspirational message, something a tad more unique, or a beautiful tree that brings the outside in, you are sure to find a wall sticker you love.  

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2 Responses


November 25, 2014

Found this very helpful when me and my Dad were installing our Banksy balloon girl sticker, thank you!


November 09, 2014

Really informative article post. Awesome.

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