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How to Put Wallpaper on Furniture

Putting wallpaper on your furniture may sound like a strange idea, but it can be a creative way to spruce up your stuff. Simply add decorative touches of wallpaper to whatever parts of the furniture are drab or unappealing. You can use wallpaper to line the back of bookshelves, accent a headboard, cover the sides of an old armoire or even dress up your kitchen cupboards.

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  1. Measure the part of the furniture you want to cover with a measuring tape. For small shapes or easily accessed areas, you can just trace the shape onto the back of the wallpaper with a pencil.

  2. Cut out the wallpaper carefully with very sharp scissors along the lines you traced or according to the measurements you took.

  3. Clean the furniture very thoroughly so the wallpaper will adhere well. Use a cleaning cloth and degreasing cleaner to remove any dirt or oils that may be on the furniture.

  4. Peel the protective backing off the wallpaper to expose the adhesive. Carefully press one edge of the paper in place on the furniture. Slowly lower the rest of the paper into place, smoothing out air bubbles as you go.

  5. Use a plastic burnisher to force any pockets of air out from behind the paper and press it down tightly along the edges.

  6. Trim off any excess wallpaper from the furniture. Continue applying wallpaper onto the furniture until you have the furniture piece covered the way you want.

  7. Tip

    If you plan on painting the furniture, do it before applying the wallpaper to avoid getting paint on the wallpaper.


    Wallpaper installed on a surface that isn't flat will peel off quickly. Warped or damaged wood will not bond well with wallpaper.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Self-adhesive wallpaper
  • Pencil
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Plastic burnisher

About the Author

Karen Miller

Based in Marlboro, New Jersey, Karen Miller has been writing business- and health-related articles since 1980. Her work has appeared in “Business Week” magazine and “American Health” magazine. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and theater from Mount Holyoke College.

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