Peel-and-Stick vs. Traditional Wallpaper: What’s Best for Kids’ Rooms?

Written by Lee Orlian
Interior designer & co-founder of Teepee Joy.

Imagine transforming your child’s room into a whimsical wonderland where their imagination can soar. 

The walls are not just barriers but canvases waiting to be filled with colors, patterns, and stories that inspire endless adventures and dreams.

This magical transformation is within reach and the secret lies in choosing the perfect wallpaper.

I’m Lee Orlian, the founder of Teepee Joy, and I’ve dedicated myself to helping parents create magical spaces for their little ones. 

With my expertise in children’s decor and interior design, I understand the impact that the right wallpaper can have on a room’s ambiance and a child’s imagination.

Today, I’ll guide you through the enchanting choices between peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper, highlighting the unique benefits of each to help you make the perfect selection for your child’s dreamy space.

Together, we’ll explore the wonders of both wallpaper types, from the convenience and versatility of peel-and-stick options to the timeless elegance and durability of traditional wallpaper.

Whether you’re creating a nursery, redesigning a playroom, or updating a bedroom, this journey will empower you to choose a backdrop that not only enhances the room’s decor but also invites your child into a world of creativity and joy.

 Let’s begin this magical adventure together, crafting a space where your child’s dreams can take flight.

Understanding Wallpaper Basics: The Foundation of Dreams

Vintage Wheels – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Before we embark on our magical journey to create the perfect sanctuary for our little ones, let’s first lay the groundwork by understanding the essentials of wallpaper.

This foundational knowledge is crucial, as it influences not just the aesthetics but also the functionality and longevity of the decor in your child’s room. 

There are two primary types of wallpaper: peel-and-stick and traditional. Each has its own set of characteristics, advantages, and considerations.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is known for its user-friendly application and easy installation and removal. 

This makes it an ideal choice for renters, parents who love to update decor frequently, or anyone looking for a hassle-free way to add personality and charm to a room.

Made from high-quality, self-adhesive poly fabric, our peel-and-stick wallpapers at Teepee Joy feature vibrant colors and playful patterns, all while ensuring the safety and comfort of your child’s environment.

Traditional wallpaper, on the other hand, offers a more permanent solution. It requires paste for installation, creating a durable bond with the wall. 

This option is perfect for areas of high traffic or where a long-lasting finish is desired. 

Our traditional wallpapers provide not just durability but also a luxurious look and feel, adding depth and texture to your child’s imaginative world.

Choosing the right type of wallpaper for your child’s room is more than just a matter of preference. It involves considering the room’s use, your lifestyle, and how often you envision refreshing the space.

Whether you’re drawn to the flexibility of peel-and-stick wallpaper or the enduring beauty of traditional wallpaper, the key is to select an option that complements your vision for the room and supports your child’s ever-changing imagination.

In the next sections, we’ll explore each wallpaper type, exploring its unique benefits and how it can transform your child’s room into a space of wonder and creativity. 

Our goal at Teepee Joy is to ensure that every corner of your child’s room is not just seen but felt, creating an environment where they can thrive, dream, and grow.

The Wonder of Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper: A Canvas of Creativity

Speedy Fliers – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Dive into the convenience and versatility of peel-and-stick wallpaper, a choice that marries beauty with flexibility. 

Imagine being able to transform your child’s room into a vibrant canvas of their evolving interests and passions, all without the commitment or hassle of traditional wallpaper.

This is the magic that peel-and-stick wallpaper brings to interior design, especially for spaces dedicated to the littlest dreamers in our lives. The beauty of peel-and-stick wallpaper lies in its simplicity. 

Designed for easy application, this type of wallpaper allows you to effortlessly adorn your child’s room with enchanting patterns and colors.

Whether you’re creating a fairy-tale forest, a dinosaur haven, or a space odyssey, our high-quality, self-adhesive poly fabric wallpapers make these dreams a reality.

They not only ignite the imagination but also ensure a safe, non-toxic environment for your child to play and grow. 

One of the most appealing aspects of peel-and-stick wallpaper is its ease of installation and removal. Perfect for renters or decor enthusiasts who love to change up their space, it offers the ultimate flexibility.

You can refresh your child’s room as often as you like without worrying about damaging the walls or undertaking a lengthy redecoration process. 

This makes it an ideal choice for keeping up with the ever-changing tastes and interests of growing children.

When it comes to choosing the right amount of wallpaper, a little planning goes a long way. 

At Teepee Joy, our wallpaper rolls are 24 inches wide and available in lengths of 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet, allowing for customization to fit your space perfectly.

To calculate how many rolls you need, simply measure the width of your wall in inches, add a few extra inches for any variations, and then divide by 24. 

Remember to round up to the nearest whole number to ensure complete coverage.

For those unsure about the exact measurements or seeking a visual confirmation of the design, we highly recommend ordering samples. 

This way, you can see and feel the quality of our products before committing to a full order, ensuring your absolute satisfaction with the magical transformation of your child’s room.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper from Teepee Joy is more than just decor; it’s an invitation to adventure, a backdrop for play, and a reflection of your child’s unique personality and creativity.

As we explore the possibilities together, let’s remember that the walls of a room can do more than just contain space—they can inspire, comfort, and delight, turning everyday moments into cherished memories.

The Charm of Traditional Wallpaper: Crafting Lasting Memories

White Roses – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Explore traditional wallpaper’s timeless elegance and durability, offering a more permanent solution to your child’s fantasy land. 

As we journey through the realms of decor, traditional wallpaper stands as a testament to enduring beauty, crafting spaces that grow and evolve with your child.

It’s about creating a backdrop for their most cherished memories, one that withstands the test of time and the energy of youthful adventures. 

With its long-lasting finish, traditional wallpaper is ideal for areas with high traffic. It provides a durable canvas for your child’s imagination to play out.

Whether it’s the gentle brush of fairy wings or the thunderous steps of dinosaurs, these walls are built to endure, offering a steadfast backdrop to your child’s evolving stories and dreams.

At Teepee Joy, we understand the importance of creating a space that’s not only magical but also safe and healthy for your child. 

Our traditional wallpaper options are crafted from non-woven materials, offering a luxurious look that doesn’t compromise safety.

These materials ensure a breathable environment free from mold and mildew while also being incredibly resilient against the wear and tear of everyday life.

Choosing traditional wallpaper for your child’s room is a commitment to quality and longevity. It’s about selecting a design that they can grow with, one that remains vibrant and inspiring throughout their childhood.

Opting for traditional wallpaper means embracing the artistry and craftsmanship that go into each roll. It’s a choice that adds depth and texture to your child’s room, inviting them to explore every detail of their surroundings.

While installing traditional wallpaper may require a bit more effort than its peel-and-stick counterpart, the result is a sophisticated finish that elevates the room’s overall aesthetic.

In choosing the backdrop for your child’s adventures, remember that traditional wallpaper offers not just a design choice but a legacy. It’s a canvas that captures the essence of childhood—vibrant, enduring, and filled with endless possibilities.

Installation Journey: A DIY Adventure

Finest Blooms – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Embark on a rewarding DIY project or decide when to call in the professionals for a flawless finish. 

Transforming your child’s room with wallpaper is an exciting venture, one that invites both creativity and a bit of elbow grease.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or new to the world of wallpaper, this guide will walk you through the steps of installing both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper, ensuring your journey is as smooth and enjoyable as the finished walls themselves.

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper: The Quick Transformation

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is the perfect starting point for those new to wallpaper or looking for a changeable option. Here’s how to bring your child’s dream room to life, step by step:

  1. Prepare Your Space – Start with a clean, smooth, and drywall. Remove any nails or hooks and wipe down the wall with a damp cloth to ensure a clean surface.
  2. Measure and Cut – Measure the height of your wall and cut the wallpaper to size, adding a few extra inches to the length for adjustments.
  3. Peel and Apply – Peel the backing off the top of the wallpaper and carefully align it with the top of your wall. Slowly peel and smooth the wallpaper down the wall, using the included squeegee to remove any air bubbles.
  4. Repeat – Align the next panel closely to the first, matching the pattern, and continue until the wall is complete.
  5. Trim Excess – Use a sharp knife to trim any excess wallpaper at the bottom and around any outlets or switches.

Traditional Wallpaper: The Enduring Touch

For those who prefer the durability and texture of traditional wallpaper, the process requires a bit more preparation but is equally rewarding:

  1. Wall Preparation – Ensure your wall is smooth and primed for wallpaper. Fill any holes or imperfections and sand down for a smooth finish.
  2. Apply Adhesive – Depending on the product instructions, Apply a uniform layer of wallpaper paste to the wall or back of the wallpaper.
  3. Hang the Wallpaper – Carefully place the wallpaper onto the wall, starting from the top. Smooth it down as you go, ensuring there are no bubbles or wrinkles.
  4. Match and Cut – Match the patterns at the seams for a seamless look. Trim any excess material at the top and bottom of the wall.
  5. Smooth and Clean – Use a damp sponge to remove any excess paste from the wallpaper surface gently.

Ensuring a Successful Installation

Neon Rainbows  – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

The key to a successful installation is in the preparation—both of your space and in ordering the correct amount of wallpaper.

Measure your walls carefully and consult our guide to determine how many rolls you need. Remember, it’s better to have a little extra than to find yourself short on material mid-project.

The ease of installation with Teepee Joy wallpapers, whether you choose peel-and-stick or traditional, is enhanced by our detailed instructions and the handy squeegee included with your purchase.

These tools are designed to make the process as straightforward as possible, allowing you to achieve professional-quality results with your own two hands.

Installing wallpaper is more than just a home improvement task; it’s an act of love, creating a space that reflects your child’s personality and passions.

Whether you decide to embark on this DIY adventure on your own or with the help of a professional, the result will be a room that your child adores—a backdrop for memories in the making.

Caring for Your Magical Walls: Preserving the Enchantment

Dainty Herringbone – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Discover how to keep your child’s wonderland pristine with easy maintenance tips for our wallpapers.

Just like the stories that inspire them, the walls of your child’s room are alive with imagination and wonder. 

But even the most magical of spaces require a little care to ensure they continue to spark joy and inspire adventures for years to come.

Whether adorned with peel-and-stick or traditional wallpaper, maintaining the vibrant colors and intricate patterns is simpler than you might think.

Maintaining Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

Our peel-and-stick wallpapers are designed not just for easy installation but also for effortless upkeep. Here’s how to keep them looking their best:

  1. Dust Regularly – Use a soft cloth or duster to gently remove dust from the wallpaper surface, maintaining its vibrant colors and details.
  2. Spot Clean – Use a damp cloth with warm water for small marks or stains. Gently dab the area without scrubbing to avoid damaging the fabric-like surface.
  3. Avoid Harsh Chemicals – Stick to water or a mild detergent solution. Harsh cleaning agents can fade or damage the wallpaper’s design.

Caring for Traditional Wallpaper

Traditional wallpaper offers a timeless aesthetic that requires a bit of know-how to maintain. Here’s how to preserve its charm:

  1. Regular Dusting – Keep your traditional wallpaper dust-free with a soft-bristled brush or microfiber cloth, working from top to bottom.
  2. Wipe Down – A damp cloth can be used to clean the surface for washable wallpapers gently. Test a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure water doesn’t damage the wallpaper.
  3. Address Spills Immediately – If spills occur, blot them gently with a dry cloth. Use a mild soapy solution for more persistent stains on washable wallpapers, but always test it on a small area first.

General Tips for All Wallpaper Types

  • Sunlight – Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can fade colors over time. Consider using curtains or blinds to protect your wallpaper during peak sunlight hours.
  • Air Quality – Keep the room well-ventilated, especially if you’re using traditional wallpaper, to prevent any moisture buildup that could affect the wallpaper’s adherence.
  • Inspections – Regularly check the edges and seams of your wallpaper for any signs of peeling or lifting, especially in high-traffic areas. Addressing these early can prevent further damage.

Maintaining the magical atmosphere of your child’s room doesn’t have to be a chore. With these simple care and maintenance tips, you can ensure that your chosen design continues to ignite joy and imagination over time.

Remember, a little attention to your walls can go a long way in preserving the enchantment of your child’s personal wonderland. 

Let Teepee Joy help you create and maintain a space where your child’s dreams can flourish, surrounded by beauty and inspiration day after day.


1. Can I install peel-and-stick wallpaper if I’m renting?

Absolutely! One of the great advantages of peel-and-stick wallpaper is its renter-friendly design. It’s easy to install and remove without damaging the walls, making it perfect for temporary or semi-permanent living situations.

When it’s time to move out or change designs, you can simply peel it off without leaving any residue behind.

2. How do I choose between peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper?

The choice between peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper depends on a few factors, including your personal preferences, the room’s traffic, and whether you desire a long-term or temporary design solution.

Peel-and-stick is ideal for those who love to update their decor frequently or are looking for a damage-free option. Traditional wallpaper is best suited for those desiring a more durable finish and are okay with a more permanent design.

3. How many rolls of wallpaper will I need for my child’s room?

To calculate how many rolls you need, measure the width of your wall in inches and add a few extra inches for any wall width variations. 

Then, divide that number by 24 (the width of our wallpaper roll in inches) to determine the number of rolls needed, rounding up to the nearest whole number.

We recommend ordering an extra 10-15% of wallpaper to ensure full coverage and account for any mistakes or wall variations.

4. Are your wallpapers safe for children?

Yes, our wallpapers are designed with children’s safety in mind. Our peel-and-stick wallpaper is made from high-quality, self-adhesive poly fabric, and our traditional wallpaper is crafted from non-woven materials. 

Both options are PVC-free and use non-toxic inks, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for your little ones.

5. How do I clean the wallpaper?

Our wallpapers are designed to be easy to clean. For peel-and-stick wallpaper, use a damp cloth with warm water to gently clean the surface.

For traditional wallpaper, dust it regularly with a soft cloth or duster, and for washable types, you can use a damp cloth for cleaning.

Always avoid harsh chemicals and scrubbing to ensure the longevity of the wallpaper’s design and color.

If you have more questions or need personalized advice on transforming your child’s room, feel free to reach out for a consultation. 

At Teepee Joy, we’re here to help you every step of the way in creating a magical space where your child’s dreams can flourish.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

As we conclude our enchanting journey through the vibrant world of peel-and-stick versus traditional wallpaper, it’s clear that the right choice can transform your child’s room into a realm of wonder and imagination.

Each type of wallpaper carries its own charm and set of benefits, from the flexibility and ease of peel-and-stick options to the timeless elegance and durability of traditional wallpaper.

The path to creating your child’s dream room is adorned with designs that spark joy, inspire stories, and cultivate an environment where imagination knows no bounds. 

At Teepee Joy, we are dedicated to helping you make that dream a reality.

Our carefully curated collection of high-quality wallpapers is designed to meet the unique needs and styles of every child’s space, ensuring that each room is as individual as the little dreamer who inhabits it.

Whether your child wishes to sleep among the stars, roam with dinosaurs, or explore enchanted forests, we have a wallpaper that will bring those dreams to life. We invite you to browse our collection and explore the endless possibilities for your child’s room.

To ensure you’re absolutely delighted with your choice, we offer wallpaper swatches that allow you to see and feel the quality and design of our products before making a full purchase. 

And if you need guidance or have questions about creating the perfect space, our team is here to help.

Schedule a complimentary video consultation, and let me, Lee Orlian, personally assist you in selecting the perfect wallpaper pattern, providing installation tips, or offering design advice to create a space your child will love.

Creating a magical space for your child is a journey filled with excitement and discovery. Let Teepee Joy be your guide and partner in bringing those dreams to life. 

Together, we can create a room that not only reflects your child’s personality and passions but also serves as a backdrop to the beautiful stories yet to be told.

Your child’s dream room awaits, and we’re here to help every step of the way.