How to Seamlessly Update Wallpaper in a Child’s Growing Room

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

Imagine transforming your child’s room into a magical space that grows with them, full of color, imagination, and stories waiting to unfold. 

It’s a place where dreams take flight, and the walls themselves encourage endless adventures.

As a parent, watching your child grow and change is one of life’s greatest joys. Their room should be a reflection of their evolving personality, a canvas that adapts and grows just as they do.

In this article, we’ll explore the joy and ease of updating wallpaper in your child’s room, ensuring it evolves with their changing tastes and interests. 

From selecting the perfect design to calculating the right amount, I’ll share my personal tips and insights, honed from my experience in interior design and creating special spaces for children.

Whether you’re looking to refresh a nursery into a toddler’s vibrant play space or transition from a young child’s room to a tween’s sanctuary, this guide will help you navigate the process with confidence and creativity.

Understanding the Benefits of Updating Wallpaper

 Multihued Stripes – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Did you know that updating the wallpaper in your child’s room can do more than just brighten up the space? It’s true!

This simple change can have a profound impact on your child’s daily life, influencing their mood, creativity, and even their sense of belonging.

As we dive into the psychological and aesthetic benefits of fresh wallpaper, you’ll see how it can become a powerful tool in nurturing your child’s imagination and growth.

Wallpaper is not just a decorative element; it sets the tone of the room, creating an environment that can either stimulate or soothe.

For young minds, the right patterns and colors can turn their room into a vibrant canvas where stories come to life, heroes embark on adventures, and dreams are nurtured. 

A carefully chosen wallpaper can inspire creativity, encouraging children to invent, explore, and dream big.

Beyond sparking imagination, updating wallpaper offers a unique way to provide comfort and security. Children’s rooms are their sanctuaries, a space where they can retreat and feel safe. 

A new wallpaper that reflects their interests and personality can reinforce this sense of personal space, making them feel valued and understood.

As they grow and their tastes evolve, changing their room’s theme with them can reinforce their evolving identity, giving them a tangible sense of growth and progress.

Most importantly, the act of choosing and updating wallpaper together can strengthen the bond between you and your child. 

It’s an opportunity for them to express their preferences and for you to learn more about what excites and inspires them. 

This collaborative process can boost their self-esteem and make them feel more connected to their personal space.

In summary, the benefits of updating your child’s wallpaper extend far beyond the walls of their room.

It’s about creating an inspiring, comforting, and personalized space that reflects their growing personality and supports their development.

Whether you opt for a whimsical forest, a starry night sky, or a pattern that captures their current obsession, remember that this change is an investment in their well-being and happiness.

Choosing the Right Wallpaper for Your Child

Rosie Stripes – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Selecting wallpaper is like opening a book to a world of adventures—every pattern tells a story.

 Each design has the potential to whisk your child away to fantastical lands, fuel their curiosity about the natural world, or inspire them to reach for the stars.

The key is to find a theme that not only captures their current interests but also has the versatility to grow with them. 

In this section, we’ll guide you through picking designs that spark both imagination and joy, creating a space where your child feels truly at home.

When choosing wallpaper, consider the themes that fascinate your child. Are they drawn to the intricate tales of fairy tales, the prehistoric allure of dinosaurs, or the boundless mysteries of outer space? 

These interests can serve as a foundation for a room that feels personal and engaging.

However, it’s also wise to look for designs that offer a balance between specific interests and timeless appeal. This ensures the space remains relevant and inspiring as your child’s preferences evolve.

Color plays a pivotal role in setting the mood of the room. Vibrant hues can energize and stimulate creativity, making them perfect for playrooms or areas of activity. 

In contrast, softer, pastel shades can create a calming environment conducive to rest and relaxation.

When selecting the color palette, consider the room’s function and your child’s temperament. Textures and patterns add depth and interest to the room. 

They can stimulate the senses or add a touch of sophistication as your child matures.

From smooth, glossy finishes that reflect light and create a sense of space to tactile materials that invite touch, each option offers a unique way to enhance the room’s atmosphere.

At Teepee Joy, we understand the importance of creating a room that’s as unique as your child. 

That’s why we offer customizable wallpaper options, allowing you to tailor the design to your child’s changing tastes.

Whether they’re captivated by fairy tales today and dinosaurs tomorrow, our selection is designed to cater to their evolving dreams.

With our help, you can create a backdrop that’s not just a background but an integral part of your child’s journey of discovery and growth. 

Measuring and Ordering: Your Easy Guide

 Blue Blossoms – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

No need to stress about figuring out how many rolls of wallpaper you’ll need. It’s easier than you think!

Let me guide you step by step on how to measure your space, figure out the rolls needed with an easy method, and why ordering a bit extra makes sense. 

I’ll also tell you why getting samples first is a smart move to make sure you love your choice.

Step 1: Measure Your Walls – Kick things off by measuring the height and width of each wall you want to wallpaper, in inches. If you’re doing the whole room, measure each wall one by one. 

Don’t worry about windows or doors right now; just pretend they’re not there to make sure you have enough wallpaper.

Step 2: Convert Measurements to Inches – Visualize each roll of Teepee Joy wallpaper as a large sticker, 24 inches wide. Each roll comes in various lengths.

Consider covering your walls like assembling a puzzle with these stickers.

Step 3: Figuring Out How Many Rolls You Need – For instance, let’s say you have 4 walls with a combined width of 200 inches and a height of 100 inches each. 

To cover all walls, you need rolls that provide at least this amount of coverage. 

Since each roll of Teepee Joy wallpaper is 24 inches wide, you’ll need to calculate how many rolls you need to cover the total width:  Total Rolls Needed = Total Width / Roll Width

Total Rolls Needed = 200 inches / 24 inches ≈ 8.33 rolls

Since you can’t purchase a fraction of a roll, you would round up to the nearest whole number. Therefore, you would need approximately 9 rolls of wallpaper to cover all the walls.

Step 4: Always Order a Little Extra – I recommend getting an extra 10-15% more than what you think you’ll need. 

This is just to make sure you have enough for matching patterns or fixing any oops moments, and because sometimes rolls might vary slightly in color.

Step 5: The Wisdom of Ordering Samples – Before you decide on the final wallpaper, getting a sample is like a sneak peek.

 It lets you see and feel the wallpaper in your room, with your lighting, next to your stuff. It helps make sure you won’t be surprised and will totally love your choice.

Following these steps ensures that updating your room with new wallpaper is fun and hassle-free. 

Accurate measuring, smart choosing, and being prepared turn wallpapering from a chore into an exciting project. 

So, grab your tape measure, and let’s make your space as cool and unique as you are.

Installation Made Easy

 Sky High – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Who said updating wallpaper had to be a chore? Let’s turn it into a fun DIY project.

Whether you’re sprucing up a nursery, giving a toddler’s room a makeover, or updating a space for a growing child, installing new wallpaper can be an exciting activity rather than a daunting task.

In this section, we’ll explore the simplicity of installing high-quality, self-adhesive wallpaper, which is perfect for renters or anyone who enjoys changing their decor with the seasons. 

Plus, I’ll provide some handy tips for those opting for traditional wallpaper, aiming for a more permanent transformation.

Self-Adhesive Wallpaper: A Hassle-Free Approach

Our self-adhesive wallpaper is designed with ease and convenience in mind. It’s a fantastic option for those who like to update their space without the commitment or mess associated with traditional wallpapers.

Here’s how to make the most of it:

1. Prepare the Surface: Start with a clean, dry, and smooth surface. Any dirt or texture can affect the adhesive’s ability to stick properly.

2. Measure and Cut: Measure the height of your wall and cut the wallpaper to size, allowing a few extra inches at the top and bottom for adjustments.

3. Peel and Stick: Carefully peel the backing off as you apply the wallpaper to the wall, starting from the top. Use a soft cloth or a plastic smoother to push out any air bubbles as you go.

4. Trim Excess: Once the wallpaper is in place, trim any excess material from the top and bottom for a neat finish.

Traditional Wallpaper: For a Lasting Finish

For those who prefer the durability and texture of traditional wallpaper, here’s how to achieve a flawless look:

1. Wall Preparation: Ensure your walls are smooth, clean, and primed. This might involve removing old wallpaper, patching any holes, and applying a primer suited for wallpaper.

2. Measure and Cut: Measure the height of your walls, adding a few inches for alignment and trimming. Cut your strips accordingly, paying attention to pattern repeats if necessary.

3. Apply Adhesive: Use a roller or brush to apply an even coat of wallpaper adhesive to the back of your wallpaper.

4. Hang and Smooth: Starting from the ceiling, align your wallpaper strip and gently press it against the wall. Smooth out any bubbles or creases with a wallpaper smoother.

5. Trim and Clean: Trim any excess wallpaper at the top and bottom with a sharp blade for a precise edge. Wipe away any excess adhesive with a damp sponge.

Whether you choose the modern ease of peel-and-stick wallpaper or the traditional method, patience and preparation are key to a successful installation.

Maintenance and Care: Preserving Your Wallpaper's Wonder

 Leafy Blue – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Keep the magic alive with wallpaper that looks as fresh as day one.

It’s a sentiment that rings true for anyone who has taken the time to select and install the perfect wallpaper for their child’s room.

Beyond the initial joy and beauty it brings, ensuring that your wallpaper remains vibrant and beautiful over time requires a little know-how and some gentle care.

In this section, we’ll discuss easy cleaning and maintenance tips that will help you preserve the stunning appearance of your wallpaper and ensure your child’s room continues to inspire and enchant.

Routine Cleaning for Lasting Beauty

Wallpaper, especially in a child’s room, can face everything from curious little fingerprints to the occasional crayon masterpiece. 

A gentle wipe with a damp cloth can remove most marks for most wallpapers. Use warm water and, if necessary, a mild soap. It’s important to avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbers that could damage the wallpaper’s surface.

 A specialized wallpaper cleaner may be needed for more stubborn stains, but always test it on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Preventing Fade and Keeping Colors Bright

Sunlight can be a double-edged sword; while it brightens a room, it can also lead to fading colors over time. 

If possible, use blinds or curtains to protect your wallpaper from direct sunlight, especially during the peak hours of the day.

This simple step can significantly extend the vibrant life of your wallpaper’s colors.

Dealing with Peeling Edges

In the event that the edges of your wallpaper begin to peel or lift, resist the temptation to simply press them back down.

Instead, apply a small amount of wallpaper adhesive to a thin painter’s brush or a cotton swab and gently apply it under the lifted edge.

Press down smoothly and clean away any excess adhesive for a seamless fix.

Regular Inspections

Periodically inspect your wallpaper for signs of wear or damage, particularly in high-traffic areas or near furniture that may rub against it. 

Catching small issues early can prevent them from becoming bigger problems down the line.

Special Considerations for Different Wallpaper Types

If your wallpaper is textured or has special finishes (like metallic or foil elements), it may require specific care instructions.

 Always refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best practices in maintaining these unique wallpapers.

By following these straightforward maintenance and care tips, you can ensure that your child’s wallpaper continues to bring joy, color, and imagination to their room for years to come.

A little bit of care goes a long way in preserving the beauty and magic of their personal space, making it a place where stories can unfold in a setting that remains as captivating as the day it was first completed.


1. How do I choose the right wallpaper for my child’s room?

Choosing the right wallpaper involves considering your child’s interests, the room’s theme, and the overall ambiance you want to create. Opt for patterns and colors that inspire creativity and growth.

Think about whether you want the wallpaper to be a focal point or a subtle backdrop. 

Additionally, consider the durability and ease of maintenance, especially in a child’s room.

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

To determine the quantity of wallpaper needed, begin by measuring the height and width of your wall in inches

When measuring the width, be sure to include a few additional inches to accommodate any discrepancies.

Next, divide this adjusted width by the width of the wallpaper roll (typically 24 inches for our products). Round up the result to the nearest whole number. 

Remember to add a bit extra for pattern matching and potential mistakes. Teepee Joy recommends ordering an additional 10-15% to ensure you have enough.

3. Can I install the wallpaper myself, or should I hire a professional?

Many of Teepee Joy’s wallpapers, especially our peel-and-stick options, are designed for easy, DIY installation, making them perfect for those looking to personalize their space without professional help.

However, hiring a professional might be a better option if you choose traditional wallpaper or if you’re not comfortable with the installation process.

4. How do I maintain and clean the wallpaper?

Most wallpapers can be lightly wiped down with a damp cloth. For more specific cleaning instructions, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbing tools to preserve the wallpaper’s integrity and appearance. Regularly check for and address any peeling edges or damage.

5. Can I order wallpaper samples before making a purchase?

Yes, Teepee Joy highly recommends ordering wallpaper samples before committing to a full purchase. This allows you to see and feel the quality of the wallpaper and to test how the design and colors complement your space and lighting.

Samples can help you make a confident decision in creating the perfect environment for your child’s room. 

By addressing these common questions, we hope to make the process of choosing, installing, and caring for your child’s room wallpaper a joyful and creative journey.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Revitalizing your child’s room with new wallpaper is an adventure in creativity and design, offering a unique opportunity to reflect their personality and interests.

Throughout this journey, from choosing the perfect design to the final touches of installation and care, each step is a chapter in the story of their room’s transformation.

The right wallpaper can turn a simple space into a world of imagination and wonder, inspiring your child every day.

Ready to transform your child’s room into a wonderland of their own? Explore Teepee Joy’s collection for high-quality, imaginative wallpapers that are easy to install and designed to inspire.

Our selection is crafted with love and creativity, offering everything from whimsical patterns to custom designs tailored to your child’s dreams.

 Whether you’re updating a nursery, designing a playroom, or refreshing a tween’s retreat, we’re here to help make your vision a reality.

Don’t let the idea of choosing and installing wallpaper intimidate you. With our step-by-step guide and supportive team, you can confidently embark on this decorating adventure, assured in the knowledge that you’re creating a space that will be cherished for years to come.

Schedule a consultation or browse our selection today to start your journey to a magical space. Let’s bring the story of your child’s room to life together.