10 Renter-Friendly Peel-and-Stick Ideas to Change Up Your Space

Are you looking for some renter-friendly peel-and-stick wallpaper ideas? I'm going to share 10 peel-and-stick products that will temporarily upgrade any room that you are decorating. There are even peel-and-stick floor tile and backsplash products to help you create something new and exciting!

Peel-and-stick privacy film

1. Privacy film

If you ever lived on the first floor or if you have an exposed window that visitors can see through at your front door, then you need privacy film. I've used this in two of my rooms because I have really big windows and I don't want people to look in.

Peel-and-stick privacy film example

I've also used this privacy film in my friend's makeover when I decorated and designed her walk-in closet. She had a window that was very close to the neighbor, so we went ahead and applied privacy film so that when she was getting dressed, no one could see.

Peel-and-stick film for privacy

This is also great for entry doors. I've used this on a window in a client's home for privacy.

Peel-and-stick cut-outs
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Let me show you products I like. I like the frosted glass, as well as the little cutout designs. It can look very modern, too.

Peel-and-stick flooring ideas
Installing vinyl peel-and-stick flooring
Vinyl peel-and-stick flooring

2. Vinyl peel-and-stick flooring

This stuff is amazing and it will transform a room. I used to hate my apartment flooring so much but I used a peel-and-stick floor in one of my bedrooms and bathroom.

You will need about three boxes for a standard 8-foot by 10-foot room. If you are willing to invest about $100, you can get enough flooring to change any room as long as it's not a huge space.

Peel-and-stick flooring hacks
Installing peel-and-stick flooring in a bathroom
How to use peel-and-stick flooring
Peel-and-stick flooring

I got a little creative in my bathroom and I used a plastic shower curtain as a subfloor so that I didn't have to stick the tiles directly down onto the floor. And so far I'm still satisfied.

I purchased this particular tile from Lowe’s. But you can find a variety of peel-and-stick flooring at Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowe's.

How to fix chipped cabinets with border stickers
Border stickers on cabinets

3. Border stickers

Border stickers are very thick and durable. You can get very creative with them. They come in a lot of different styles from regular black or white, or you could do a wood grain kind of finish and really jazz up some furniture or add it to the wall.

This stuff does not leave any sticky residue. I've used these stickers in this office. I've used it to kind of cover up an old valance for my aesthetic purposes.

If you have wood that's chipped at the bottom of your cabinets, cover it up with this border sticker (see before and after above). It perfectly fits the space. And I've also used it on my walls. You can get very creative and do as many patterns as you want.

DIY peel-and-stick mirror projects
How to use peel-and-stick mirrors
Peel-and-stick mirrors

4. Peel-and-stick mirrors

You can get very creative with peel-and-stick mirrors. It’s trendy to paint walls black and then add peel-and-stick mirrors to create a DIY custom mirror. It's very inexpensive.

How to use peel-and-stick wallpaper on cabinets
Wood grain peel-and-stick wallpaper
Using peel-and-stick wallpaper on cabinets

5. Peel-and-stick wallpaper

I have covered the cabinets in my bathroom and kitchen with this product. I really like to add wood elements. I know that all-white cabinetry is pretty popular but I am just not a fan. I really do like a two-tone look. And what better way to bring in natural elements than using wood?

Before the DIY contact paper project


Using contact paper on furniture


I have used wallpaper and contact paper on furniture projects, including my coffee table, and also fixing up the arms from a couch I bought at Target. The arms on the sofa looked super, super cheap so I added some contact paper and it made everything look much better. Contact paper is not as messy as paint.

Contact paper on a coffee table
Covering furniture with contact paper
You can put contact paper or wallpaper on your appliances, too. Many people do this to upgrade the space. But I like to use it on furniture, like my coffee table.

Peel-and-stick backsplash
Peel-and-stick tiles for backsplashes

6. Peel-and-stick tiles for backsplashes

If you don’t want to use wallpaper for a backsplash, purchase actual wall tiles. They come in packs of four. I've seen them at Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, and Floor & Decor.

Peel-and-stick shelf
Using command hooks
Peel-and-stick shelf products
Peel-and-stick shelves

7. Peel-and-stick shelves

You can use small shelves similar to IKEA’s MALMBÄCK picture ledge. But 3M also has a small stick-up shelf for lightweight items, too. 3M has some of the best peel-and-stick products.

I like to purchase a bunch of 3M command strips, add them to a picture ledge, and just secure it to the wall. Trust me, it's not going anywhere.

Do not underestimate when they say on that box that it holds up to 16 pounds. But don't get me wrong, you can't just hang up a 100-pound picture and then expect the command strips to do its job.

Peel-and-stick molding on Amazon
Peel-and-stick molding ideas
Peel-and-stick molding
Peel-and-stick wainscot wall panel

8. Peel-and-stick molding

Amazon sells peel-and-stick molding and this stuff is just so cool. You can get very creative. You can either trim out the bottom portion of a wall or you could create a design and maybe frame the molding around an actual picture.

If you want wainscoting, all you have to do is buy a panel. This is the coolest thing ever. So do not be afraid of wall moldings that are peel and stick because they will transform a space, trust me.

Nano tape
Using nano tape

9. Nano tape

This product is not necessarily peel-and-stick. However, it is kind of like a double-sided tape. If you are not familiar with nano tape, this stuff is amazing.

If you use it, make sure you twist it to take it off. Don't pull it directly off the wall or it will take the first layer of the drywall with it. I have used this to mount power strips and other items.

Peeling off drywall with peel-and-stick products

Twist it slowly, and you're good. There are mixed reviews on nano tape so I would use it on pretty light items or I would use a lot of tape for one item.

But as far as hanging pictures, I feel like 3M has already done a really good job of creating the command strips. So if you're gonna hang some pictures, just use command strips, not nano tape. I like to use the tape for things that are really small that a command strip would not be able to secure because it's too big.

I'm not a fan of taking it down and trying to use it again as it's promoted, because it doesn't stick as well the second time.

Applying wallpaper
Applying wallpaper with polywall

10. Wallpaper polywall

If you have a piece of wallpaper that is not peel-and-stick, but you want to use it, you can make it peel-and-stick. All you need to do is go to Home Depot, purchase a piece of polywall (they come as panels), and some really small finishing nails to apply the polywall to your drywall or plaster wall.

Then, use adhesive spray to attach the wallpaper to the polywall. Or, just use it to apply the polywall to cover up a wall. It’s temporary and you won't have to worry about damaging the walls.

10 renter-friendly peel-and-stick products

You have learned 10 renter-friendly peel-and-stick products that can change your space. Which one are you going to purchase? Or, which one have you already purchased? Let me know in the comment section below.

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  • Shawn Shawn on Dec 22, 2023
    Just because it is peel and stick doesn't make it renter friendly. Have you ever tried to remove peel and stick flooring ? Next to impossible to get the stick off the floor. Leave it for landlord... you won't get your deposit back!
    • Kie58465951 Kie58465951 on Jan 21, 2024
      Wayna said she used a shower curtain. I used cheap plastic drop cloth and it worked great. Once all the tiles are in place (tight against the walls, cabinet, toilet and tub) I trimmed the plastic and replaced the kickboard. It was perfect. When I moved, I folded the tiles back as best I could and cut at the seams to make moveable piles and then put it back down in my new apartment! My new bathroom was a little bigger so I purchased enough new tiles in black and put an edge around the room. It's the plastic barrier that allows you to remove the tiles easily and if you're careful, you can use it again.
  • Sca100937362 Sca100937362 on May 30, 2024
    Very good ideas here. I had gotten confused on the use of the plastic until I read Kie58....'s comment. Now I could def use this tip in my next apartment too! Thanks Kie58...