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Can I Use Peel-and-Stick Tiles on a Wall?

Updated February 21, 2017

Self-adhesive, or peel-and-stick, tile is inexpensive and available in a variety of colours and patterns. You can find both vinyl and carpet peel-and-stick tiles at a retail outlet, hardware store or home improvement centre. The tiles are generally used to cover floors but can also be used on walls. Applying these tiles to a wall requires a small amount of preparation and enough tiles to cover the surface.

Peel-and-Stick Tile Design Ideas -- Kitchen and Bathrooms

Vinyl peel-and-stick tiles are easily wiped clean with a damp towel, so they work well in a kitchen or bathroom.

In your kitchen, consider placing vinyl tiles in a mosaic pattern on one wall. Sketch out the design on paper first. This will help with both determining how many tiles you will need and installation of the tiles. Another idea is to use the peel-and-stick tiles as a backsplash in your kitchen instead of using traditional tiles.

For bathrooms, find a certain pattern that matches your bathroom and install the tiles as a border around the room.

Peel-and-Stick Tile Design Ideas -- Family Room and Home Office

For your family room, one idea is to use carpet peel-and-stick tiles above the fireplace instead of a picture or mirror. Find a pattern you like or a set of colours that match the other elements in your family room. Be creative and place the tiles in a triangle or other shape.

For your home office, use carpet peel-and-stick tiles around the doorway and windows as a border. Another idea is to tile around a built-in bookcase or computer unit.

Wall Preparation and Tile Installation

Like with any project, you must prepare the surface before starting. Using a broom or large towel, wipe the wall to remove any dust, cobwebs or other dirt first. Use an all-purpose cleaner to remove any grease or dirt present. Let dry completely before moving on to the installation process. Next, patch any holes in the wall.

Applying the peel-and-stick tiles on a wall is the same as applying on a floor---just peel off the covering on the back of each tile and then stick the piece of tile on the wall. Follow the sketch you made, or just place the tiles in a pattern of your liking. Make sure you apply pressure on each tile so the adhesive can take to the wall.

Care

To clean vinyl peel-and-stick tiles, use a floor cleaner or all-purpose cleaner that is safe for vinyl. If you used carpet peel-and-stick tiles, use a small, hand-held vacuum or use one of the attachments with your regular vacuum cleaner. If hanging pictures on the tiled wall, use a small- to medium-size nail and tap the hammer slowly to get the nail to go through the tile and then the wall.

Removal

Keep removal in mind as you decide whether to place peel-and-stick tiles on your walls. Be aware that the adhesive could leave a residue behind on your walls. Also, some of your drywall or plaster underneath the tiles could be pulled up as well. After removing the tiles, sand down the walls to remove any adhesive and patch any gashes or holes made by removing the tiles.

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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.