This Star Wars-Themed Removable Wallpaper Is the Best Thing I’ve Done to My Son’s Room

published Jun 8, 2022
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Credit: Nicholas Dekker

As our two boys have gotten older, we’ve helped them make their bedrooms feel uniquely theirs. This has been especially important over the past couple years as they’ve spent more time at home during the pandemic.

We recently moved our now 13-year-old into the former guest room, and we wanted him to be part of the process of redecorating it to fit his baseball/lacrosse/Star Wars/Lego-loving personality. The upgrades included a new desk and fresh coat of paint in colors of his choosing. Ever the DIY-er, my wife installed a high chair rail with embedded LED lights that give the room a little more color.

The piece de resistance, though, was the new Star Wars-themed peel-and-stick wallpaper from Target she installed on the upper half of the walls.

Growing up in the late 70s and 80s, I have distinct memories of my parents tirelessly steaming and peeling outdated wallpaper from our house, and their frustration with the process has stuck with me ever since. So any mention of wallpaper has me blanching slightly at the thought of the sticky mess. But these days we are very fortunate to be able to use durable wallpaper with a simple adhesive.

Credit: Nicholas Dekker

This wallpaper is incredibly easy to use, available in so many different designs, and because it’s stick-on, it can easily be removed at a later date. Our son chose a Star Wars-themed one that showcases the engineering blueprints of the movies’ most iconic starships. The recurring design makes it easy to cut and line up as you navigate around windows, door frames, and closets. Because it’s peel-and-stick, it’s easy to adjust while you’re installing it. In a testament to her skill and patience, my wife even removed the cover of the cold air return and carefully wrapped it with the wallpaper, so it blends into the wall.

The wallpaper was an easy way to update the room while reflecting our son’s personality, while also keeping options open for future changes. Maybe he’ll lose interest in Star Wars (although if he’s like his father, he never will), or maybe as he gets into high school he’ll prefer painted walls or a more general theme. The peel-and-stick application is a great solution for capturing his current tastes while adjusting to the future use of the room.