The 8 Best Places to Get Cheap Wallpaper (That Doesn’t Look Cheap)
Transform a room with cheap wallpaper that's downright gorgeous. Each option is below $2 per square foot, so you're getting a deal.
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Wallpaper is back in style. If you’re thinking about adding some to your home, the amount of retailers and design options can seem very overwhelming. We’ve collected a list of some of the best retailers so you can feel confident picking out a color and design that works for your space without breaking the bank.
Before making a decision, there are a few things you should take into consideration when it comes to wallpaper. “Wallpaper can be as big or as little of a statement as you want,” says Ariana Lovato, owner and principal designer of Honeycomb Home Design. “I would usually find a wallpaper and design the space around it. That would mean maybe selecting a color from the wallpaper and paint your cabinetry that same color, and keep the surrounding tiles pretty neutral.”
Lovato also points out that wallpaper is much harder to change out than a throw pillow or bedding, so make sure you really love the design you’re choosing and also take these things into account before starting your wallpaper project.
- Type: Some of the most common types of wallpaper include traditional wallpaper, vinyl, grasscloth and peel and stick. Consider how permanent you want the wallpaper to be as well as the room you’re going to be installing it in. For example, Lovato recommends staying away from vinyl wallpaper unless you’re installing it in a bathroom, then it’s needed.
- Dimensions: Simply measure the wall height and length to figure out how much wallpaper you will need. Patterned wallpaper may require you to buy extra to ensure that it lines up correctly. Thoroughly read to product description for measuring tips.
- Supplies: The supplies you need to install your wallpaper will depend on the type you buy. Traditional wallpaper will require you to use more supplies than peel-and-stick paper. Follow our guide on how to install wallpaper to help you get started.
- Price: The price of wallpaper will depend on the style and material you use. Also, the bigger the space you’re looking to wallpaper, the more expensive it will be. We’ve included options that range from $0.42 a square foot to around $2 a square foot.
Surprise, surprise—AllModern, a purveyor of many designer pieces at affordable prices, has cheap wallpaper! And it’s beautiful, too. While every wallpaper doesn’t meet our price maximum of $2 per square foot, many limbo under the bar. Those include this classic Starburst peel-and-stick with a fun twist at $1.64 per square foot. For a dramatic look, add this gorgeous Gilded Glitter wallpaper to your dining room, powder room or anywhere you want to create a focal point. At only $0.66 per square foot, this budget-friendly pick will make a statement in your space.
You have to sort through what fits your budget, but we found plenty to love at Wayfair for less than $2 per square foot. For starters, we found a beautiful classic damask in five colors ($0.54 per square foot), a sophisticated toile in two neutral colorways ($0.67 per square foot) and this breathtaking floral for $0.77 per square foot. You won’t be short on options at this retailer.
York Wallcoverings is a wall-covering industry stalwart, so you can trust the quality of its non-pasted papers. Prices vary, but JoAnna Gaines’ Magnolia Home wallpaper includes an Awning Stripe in seven colors ($1.96 per square foot). There’s also Rifle Paper Company’s fun folk-art-y Camont wallpaper ($1.97 per square foot). And for those who love the texture and look of grasscloth without the hefty price tag, the Bahiagrass is an obvious choice at just $1.97 per square foot in four shades. Now, there’s no excuse to not elevate your space!
Another gem for wallpaper is the boho boss: Anthropologie. Do your due diligence when you sort, checking the square footage coverage against the price and sorting by price when you shop to find the steals. The search pays off when you find an adorable owl pattern ($1.92 per square foot) or this Magnolia Home Handloom pattern ($1.83 per square foot). And never forget the sales section, where you can find major scores.
The Home Depot
The Home Depot offers a shockingly large selection of cheap wallpaper. Check out this arts-and-crafts-style floral design ($1.65 per square foot), this lush palm-leaf design ($1.67 per square foot) that rivals more expensive designers and this delicate Graham & Brown butterfly print that’s safe for a bathroom because it’s moisture-resistant ($1.09 per square foot). And while you’re shopping at The Home Depot, be sure to grab the wallpaper supplies you’ll need to get the DIY project done!
If you’re willing to try peel-and-stick, this is the deal of the decade: This reclaimed brick design adds the textured look and warmth of exposed brick for a vintage vibe. Instantly transform your space into an industrial loft or cozy den. At just $1.13 per square foot, this peel-and-stick wallpaper gives renters and homeowners an instant makeover in the room of their choice. And if you want a designer look, WallPops NuWalls collaborated with famous designers for a full line of peel-and-stick options.
Need to cover flaws on your walls? Amazon has a large selection of paintable wallpaper from trusted wallpaper brands, like Graham & Brown, which offers this faux beadboard for $0.60 per square foot. These quality textured papers are thicker and easier to apply than normal wallpaper, and they’re washable and customizable to your palette with a fresh coat of paint. Imagine the possibilities without the cost and hassle of construction.
Is beadboard not your thing? Take a look at swept plaster paintable wallpaper by Brewster ($0.63 per square foot) or Norwall’s paintable floral scroll wallpaper at $0.42 per square foot. Paintable wall coverings are a cost-effective way to add customizable texture to your walls or ceilings.
For a nice selection of removable and peel-and-stick wallpaper options, Target is a solid bet. In-house brand, Threshold, offers a lot of sophisticated, restrained designs while Opalhouse has designer collaborations that are boho and quirky. You can also score other buzzy brands, like Tempaper and RoomMates, which are convenient and affordable for around $1 to $1.25 per square foot.