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Want to restyle your home, but in the most affordable yet stylish way? Or, are you planning your home remodeling on an extremely limited budget? Or, do you want to temporarily (and drastically) change the appearance of your rental property? If your answer to any of these questions is a yes, you need to think about choosing peel-and-stick backsplash stickers. 

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These self-adhesive wall tiles take the ease and simplicity of renovation to the next level. They simplify remodeling. You can apply these backsplash tiles to a thicker and more durable material that’s specifically designed to meet the challenges of a kitchen or bathroom. But, please don’t underestimate these tile stickers; they are durable enough to hold onto walls and protect them. 

Moreover, unlike standard ceramic tiles, or any other type of tiles for that matter, these are so pliable that you can hand-cut them into any shape that you desire. 

And, they are almost a child’s play when it comes to installing them. Just peel and stick. And, voila! Your kitchen or bathroom will look dreamy — with a touch of drama, of course.   

FYI: These wall tiles work well with awkward corners.

Beautiful backsplashPhoto by kevint3141 on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

If there are advantages for something, most often than not, disadvantages do not take long to follow. Anyway, since we always attempt to explore both sides of a coin, we got in touch with various experts and customers to see what they actually thought of backsplash tile stickers. 

Based on our analysis, we’ve curated a list of the pros and cons of these peel-and-stick self-adhesive fixtures. We hope it helps you answer some of the common questions regarding backsplash tiles, and whether they’re a good option or not.

So, let’s begin. 

Backsplash tile stickers pros

Peel and stick backsplashPhoto by designmilk on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

  • Easy installation

Remodeling doesn’t get simpler than this. These wall tiles are much, much simpler to install than traditional tiles. The latter requires lots of materials, including mortar, grout, tile spacers, etc. (not to forget their associated costs) and hours of work. 

Also, installing ceramic tiles or other contemporary bathroom or kitchen backsplash tiles require a certain amount of skill, knowledge, and of course tools.  

With backsplash tile stickers, all you have to do is measure the space, peel off the backing, and stick the tile sheet to the wall. Simple! You don’t have to worry about dealing with mortar, grout, or other messy substances.

Moreover, these adhesive-backed plastic or vinyl tiles can easily mimic the look of a regular tile. What more could you ask for?

  • It’s the cheapest way to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom

Backsplash tile stickers are at the bottom price range of remodeling materials. Also, you can save money on installation. Needless to say, these factors reduce the overall cost of a bathroom or kitchen remodel. 

Just make sure that you choose quality self-adhesive wall tiles that are attractive and serve the particular purpose that made you install them in the first place. 

If you’re on a tight remodeling budget or have time constraints, peel-and-stick tiles are one of the best materials you can use to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom.

  • A good choice for renters

These stickers are perfect for you if you live in a rental property. Ensure that you choose a material that’s removable in a not-so-shoddy-way. 

When you move in, all you need to do is cut, peel, and stick — with absolutely no mess at all. And, when it’s time for you to move out (or if you grow tired of them), just take them down to restore the earlier look. These renter-friendly tiles make your job easier.

  • An excellent choice for DIY projects

Peel and stick tile backsplash are a great choice for a DIY project. Many people choose this type of backsplash as it’s the simplest way to refresh the look of your kitchen or bathroom.

How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen? We can help you, try our free kitchen remodel estimator tool to figure it out!

  • Available in a wide variety

Fortunately for renovators, there are numerous backsplash kits available on the market. You can find a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles including, glass tiles, faux tin tiles, copper tiles, etc. Choose the most suitable design for your interior. 

Backsplash tile stickers cons

Kitchen tile stickersPhoto by Rustico Tile and Stone on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

  • Requires a preliminary wall preparation

If you’re contemplating applying sticker wall tiles, keep in mind that they require that you prepare that particular wall in advance. You need to ensure that it’s smooth, otherwise, the adhesive will not stick properly.

In case you see any cracks or holes in the walls, make sure they are filled. Also, the wall needs to be completely dry before you install the tiles.

  • Doesn’t last long

Since these adhesive tiles are meant to be removed, they are not made to be especially durable. And can wear down over time, especially in a kitchen or bathroom where there’s a lot of moisture. In extreme cases, it may even fall off the wall — damaging the surface underneath.

  • May look a tad tacky

Here’s a fact that is sadly true. Such quick fixes are NOT the real deal. If you choose thin peel-and-stick kits, you need to keep in mind that they won’t give you the desired depth that real tiles or bricks do. And, sometimes may end up looking cheap as per decor experts.

Of course, you may opt for higher-quality kits. But, their costs can run up to $25 per square foot. Which, by any standard, is a lot. If you’re spending this much amount, you may want to rethink backsplash stickers.

And, here’s another important downside, most potential homebuyers can easily spot tacky, quick fixes. It might leave them wondering about the other corners you may have cut in your house.

Pros and cons: quick takeaways

Pros Cons
Quick and easy installation Temporary solution
Doesn’t require any special tools Might peel off parts of your drywall
Easy to clean Good-quality ones may not necessarily be inexpensive
Available in various designs and styles The installation has to be done carefully to avoid overlapping
Can exactly match the rest of the room Doesn’t give the same finish and depth as a standard backsplash tile

Types of peel-and-stick tiles

Sticker tilesPhoto by designmilk on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

As mentioned above, these peel-and-stick tiles come in a variety of materials. Let’s briefly look at some of them to help you choose the right tile for your home:

Types of backsplash tile materials Features Average cost
Vinyl tiles
  • Made with foam or plastic backing
  • Cheapest option
Upwards of $8 for a set of eight panels
Metal tiles
  • Made of metal (usually aluminum) with an adhesive
  • Lightweight
$16 for a pack covering 1 square foot
Glass tiles
  • Glossy finish
  • Looks glamorous
$25 per square foot
Stone tiles
  • Mimics stone/slate finish
  • No grout or mortar required
$15 per square foot
Gel tiles
  • Made from a 3D gel material
  • High quality
$6 to $15 apiece

How to install peel-and-stick backsplash tile stickers?

The installation instructions are in the name itself. You may choose to complete the project yourself or hire a professional. Either way, you should know the process inside out. 

Here are some installation steps to aid you:

  1. Start with a clean surface. 
  2. Get your wall repaired if there are cracks or holes.
  3. Use a cleaning spray or soap and water to remove any residual grease.
  4. Let the wall dry completely.
  5. Measure the space with a ruler.
  6. Cut the amount you’ll need. 
  7. Remove the back sheet.
  8. Stick the backsplash to the wall — pulling off the back sheet as you adhere.
  9. Smooth out the surface with a credit card or ruler.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve explored the pros and cons, types, and installation of backsplash tile stickers, we hope it helps you to decide whether you want to install them or not. 

We, of course, think that these smart tiles can be very innovative and beautiful if you choose the right one. Keep in mind that there’s a fine line to toe between looking great and appearing tacky. So, opt for quality and choose well. 

Read more: Kitchen Floor Tiles

The Pros and Cons of Backsplash Stickers for Your Home was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Ramona Sinha
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