Can you place wallpaper in a rental condominium?


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Do you remember when people thought that wallpaper was a thing of the past? Well, this phase is over. If you look at most homes today, wallpaper adorns the spaces. This effect is not just in homes but in schools, restaurants, offices and a ton of other settings. With the different models like cute flower wallpapers in tow, it’s easy to feel like it’s time to jump on this trend. But should you? Above all, is it a good idea to wallpaper a rented space?

Before-After wallpaper installation

Photo: Before-After wallpapering

Let’s find out:

Distinguish between traditional and temporary wallpapers

What’s so different between traditional and temporary wallpaper for apartments? Why would we choose one over the other?

Traditional wallpaper is what people in previous centuries used. It didn’t come with adhesive. So, people had to use a paste to stick the paper to the wall. The work was not easy and often professional help was needed. Sometimes the panels even had to be soaked before starting the installation. As a result, the installation required a considerable effort in terms of money and time.

The goal, in this case, was to line a wall and keep it in place for decades. The people installing this wallpaper weren’t expecting to move for quite a while. You know that a decade of commitment is long enough for tenants. But that’s not all that was complicated with this wallpaper.

Deletion traditional wallpaper was also quite a task. When it was time to remove the paper from the wall, it took a lot of effort. Most people had to ask professionals to help them with the task. Again, this consumed money and time. Oh, and because of the paste, there was quite a bit of damage to the wall. The damage had to be repaired before painting the wall or even adding more paper.

For the owners, it was okay. After all, they mostly changed the wallpaper during the renovation. But for tenants, it was another reason to avoid wallpaper. They could not cope with the loss of their deposit as their owners would not have been very happy with the repairs.


Was the temporary wallpaper such a great find? It was sure! Unlike traditional wallpaper, it boasted of:

  • Self-adhesiveness: You don’t need to pulp this wallpaper on the wall. It comes with an adhesive on its support, which facilitates its installation. You might think that this self-adhesive feature might weaken its durability, but it doesn’t. If you install the paper correctly, it will stay in place for up to 15 years.
  • Ease of installation: This paper does not require a lot of skills. Even DIY beginners can install this paper without breaking their backs. All you need are a few tools, some resolution, and a good tutorial. Of course, when you’re wallpapering a large area, you might need some help!
  • Ease of withdrawal: This advantage makes this wallpaper a good idea for renters. You see, unlike traditional wallpaper which involves glue, temporary wallpaper self-adhesive is easy to handle. If you no longer want wallpaper on your wall, you peel it off. Just like that, your wall will be back to the state you got your house in.
  • Protection: Most tenants dread the day they have to move out. When the landlord comes to inspect the house and finds things that are out of place, the deposit goes down. Who would want to lose that money? It’s hard to think of anyone who would be lazy with their money. But how to avoid paying damages? – By wallpapering your wall with temporary wallpaper! The wallpaper protects the wall from dirt, dust, splashes and shocks. So when you take it off, the wall will look as good as when you put the paper on. As such, it’s a good option for homes with pets and children.
  • Ease of cleaning: There is also the fact that cleaning the wallpaper is an easy task. All you need is a damp cloth or sponge to dab the dirt on the surface. You don’t need to use detergent or scrub, and the wallpaper will always be clean.

Read more: Why wallpaper is better than paint

So which is the best option for your home? Traditional wallpaper makes more sense for homeowners who are likely to stay in their homes for decades. On the other hand, if you are a tenant, it is better to use temporary wallpaper. Moreover, it is flexible and you can keep changing it with every trend. This is one advantage you won’t appreciate when using traditional wallpaper.


Can you install wallpaper in a rental home?

Should you use temporary wallpaper in your home now that you know how easy it is to install and remove? How about if you’re still determined to go the traditional route? Well, here’s the answer:

  • Check your lease: All rental agreements specify what you can and cannot do in your home. Installing removable wallpaper requires some modifications to the walls. You have to prepare them and you have to check if this is okay with your landlord. The same goes for traditional wallpaper. Does the agreement authorize this decision? If you are unsure, ask your building manager or landlord for clarification. You don’t want to lose your deposit because you prepped your walls and used paint your landlord doesn’t want. Interrogate.
  • Be clear about where you will use the wallpaper: Covering only one wall? Do you want to wallpaper the whole dining room? It’s time you understood this. This is crucial when it comes to traditional wallpaper. Your landlord may look the other way when it comes to a small project, but there may be a problem for the big ones. Decide how much space you will cover in advance.

Most homeowners will be fine with temporary wallpaper. However, they will want to have a say in how you prep the walls. Follow their guidelines on what paint to use and the extent of coverage. Otherwise, you will lose your deposit. What if you want to use traditional wallpaper? Your landlord will likely raise an issue about this. You better stick with wallpaper that you can use in your next home. Enjoy!


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