Comparing Traditional and Removable Wallpaper Types, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic differences between removable and traditional wallpaper types. These are two terms that may take on different meanings in certain corners of the wallpaper world, and it’s important to understand the terminology at play and differences before you move forward with your purchase.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we’re proud to offer a variety of discount wallpaper in a variety of color options, styles, designers and more. Today’s part two will dig into a few practical factors that differentiate the two, including both installation and durability qualities, plus some final words on how to choose between the two if you’re deciding.

Installation Qualities

As we noted in part one, both these wallpaper types can technically be removed, just in different ways. For this reason, their differences in installation are often major areas customers consider when choosing between them.

There are minor differences in the tools and effort required to install each – traditional wallpaper requires paste and a roller brush to apply it, while removable wallpaper doesn’t have these needs and is generally a bit less messy. Both types require cutting to fit the wall.

One major difference, however, is how precise you can be in your application. Traditional wallpaper’s paste allows you to move it around on the wall and ensure it’s perfectly straight and aligned, plus makes it easier to smooth out any wrinkles. Removable wallpaper, on the other hand, is sticky at the back and can’t be moved, so you’ll have to completely peel it off and start over if you place it unevenly or find wrinkles.


Another area where traditional wallpaper generally holds an advantage over removable types is in its durability. The adhesion for traditional wallpaper is much stronger and not as prone to issues with heat, cold or even humidity – due to these concerns, removable wallpaper generally shouldn’t be used in bathrooms or humid areas like laundry rooms.

Removable wallpaper’s adhesive is also much more easily broken, including by significant sunlight in some cases. If your primary goal is a long-term wallpaper design that will stand the test of time for many years, traditional is generally the way to go here.

Making Your Choice

In the end, deciding which of these two options to go with comes down to your own personal choice. Many people who are in temporary living situations or like to mix up their designs regularly go with removable wallpaper because of how easy it is to change things up. Those who are in a more permanent situation and desire long-term durability in their wallpaper, on the other hand, generally go with traditional woven options.

For more on choosing between traditional and removable wallpaper, or to learn about any of our adhesive wallpaper options, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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