I tried this genius wallpaper hack, and it was perfect for my commitment issues

Beware: once you try this wallpaper hack, you'll never look back.

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Making your house feel like home takes a lot of effort, and if you're a renter like me, it's even more of a challenge. Many of us find decorating impossible, as we're living in constant fear of our security deposit not being returned, shying away from anything that requires paint or a hammer. The result? Lifeless, bare walls, which are anything but homey. 

So, what do we do? Well, seeing as throw blankets and accent pillows can only go so far, we're left to think outside the box, and one suitable solution is wallpaper. 

But, if you're like me, and the wallpaper (opens in new tab) you're head-over-heels in love with isn't removable, you're again at a crossroads — or are you? Not if you try this wallpaper hack. 

After one too many YouTube videos, I realized something: any wallpaper can be made removable; all you need are a handful of affordable (!!!) items. And if you're finding it hard to believe, let me show you. 

This wallpaper hack can be accomplished in five easy steps and looks as good as the best peel-and-stick  (opens in new tab)version. 

How-to complete this wallpaper hack

1. Start by deciding what wallpaper you're looking to make removable 

For me, it was this Tapestry wallpaper (opens in new tab) from Rifle Paper Co. that made this journey worthwhile. Previously, my bedroom had been wallpapered black, and during a pandemic, it felt a bit too "dark" for me, and as a result, this wallpaper was the solution for lightening things up. 

The tiny buds and flowers were calming and very "zen," and as someone who gravitates away from flowers, it was a much-needed change my room needed. 

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Rose Multi Tapestry Wallpaper (opens in new tab) for $110, at Rifle Paper Co.

Surround yourself with a blooming meadow with Tapestry (opens in new tab), a delicate and detailed pattern of flowers, buds, and leaves; available in four sensational variations. 

2. Next, you'll need to create a tape barrier on your wall

Once you decide what type of wallpaper you're going to use, it's time to apply it to your wall. After one too many YouTube videos, I realized there are tons of different ways, and I, of course, opted for the easiest one of all. The solution? A combination of masking tape  (opens in new tab)and double-sided tape.

Now, to accomplish this wallpaper hack, it's a bit of a two-step that uses both versions of the tape. 

So, it's imperative to invest in a pack of masking tape similar to this (opens in new tab). Right now, you might be thinking: "Brittany, if I have double-sided tape, why do I need masking tape, too?" Yes, this is part of the wallpaper hack process — keep reading. 

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6 Rolls Colored Masking Tape (opens in new tab) for $4.65, at Amazon

Available in six vibrant and rich colors, this set of masking tape (opens in new tab) is perfect for all of your arts and crafts endeavors. 

Once you've got your masking tape, it's time to apply it to the wall. Now, why is this so important? 

It's simple: if you apply the double-sided tape right to your wall, you can peel off the paint when it comes time to remove your wallpaper. The masking tape acts as a barrier between the double-sided tape and the wall.

To be clear: there is no right or wrong way to applying masking tape to your wall. So, it's best to go with what your think will work. I found that creating horizontal and vertical boxes to the "section" of each column was helpful. Nevertheless, as I carried on throughout the process, I found myself shifting the tape to better align with each piece of wallpaper, so keep in mind: this is not set-in-stone. 

My best advice here would be to get as much tape as possible onto your wall and then go from there. This way, you'll have more touchpoints for the double-sided tape, which means better hold. 

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3. Measure the wall to see how much wallpaper you'll need 

Once your masking tape is up, you're going to need to know how much wallpaper you will need. It's much easier to do this *before* you add the double-sided tape to the wall: this way, you can hold up your wallpaper to ensure you have proper measurements without worrying about it sticking to the wall. 

I measured my first piece of wallpaper and used this wallpaper kit (opens in new tab) to make cuts, as it had everything I needed. The measuring tape evenly measured out how much wallpaper I needed to cut, and the sharp knife was perfect when cutting the wallpaper and later worked wonders when I needed to trim the edges, too. 

Once I measured the first piece, I laid it on the floor to match up the repeat pattern, then cut the wallpaper to the correct length, repeating the process for each specific length of the wallpaper. 

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14PACK Wallpaper Smoothing Tool Kit (opens in new tab) for $6.49, at Amazon

Cut, measure, and smooth out every wallpaper with this all-inclusive, six-piece kit (opens in new tab)


4. Apply double-sided tape to the masking tape before you hang your wallpaper 

To complete this 'wallpaper hack,' you're going to need double-sided tape, and you'll apply it directly over your masking tape to create a sticky layer. Once this is done, you'll gently press your wallpaper onto the double-sided tape.

One important note to mention: you're going to need a lot of double-sided tapes (opens in new tab). I found that every wall required a minimum of five rolls, and this specific version (opens in new tab) worked great, as I was able to cut each piece in half and maximize every roll. 

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EZlifego Double Sided Tape Heavy Duty (opens in new tab) for $14.99, at Amazon

This three-pack of double-sided tape (opens in new tab)is fabulous for anyone looking to make a worthwhile investment. 

5. Repeat steps 1-4 on all your walls, and then finish off with this simple step

After you've repeated steps one through five, I highly recommend going back and using a glue-like this one (opens in new tab) to seal the edges. You will notice that the double-sided tape can leave your wallpaper looking bumpy when overlapping one another, so it's best to glue them to alleviate any of those issues. 

(Don't worry: you're gluing the paper to one another, and not the actual wall.) 

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Gorilla All Purpose Glue Stick (opens in new tab) for $3.99, at Amazon

Ensure your wallpaper has a secure bond with this non-toxic glue (opens in new tab) that's nothing short of a miracle-worker. 

If done correctly, your walls should look like this: 

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Brittany Romano is a Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. 

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