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How to Use Peel and Stick Wallpaper on Furniture: IKEA Rast Hack

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Learn how to apply peel and stick wallpaper on furniture. This is the perfect way to add pattern and interest to a boring piece of furniture. Plus, who doesn’t love an IKEA Rast hack?

If you like adding wallpaper to furniture, you might be interested in learning how I added wallpaper to the back of a bookcase.

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IKEA Rast Dressers – Before

Before I started blogging, I hacked this IKEA Rast dresser using a tutorial by Hearts and Sharts (sadly it doesn’t exist anymore.)

Once I started blogging, I knew that I wanted to add something to make it my own. This room makeover has finally forced me to act.

IKEA rast dresser with midcentury modern look

If you want to replicate this look, be sure to check out Dena’s tutorial first.

The IKEA Rast dresser is the perfect nightstand for a king-size bed because the proportions are perfect. It’s nice to add a bit of storage too.

Wallpaper on Furniture FAQs

Can you use wallpaper on furniture?

Yes, you can put wallpaper on furniture. It’s best to work with a clean, dry surface.

I’ve used both peel and stick wallpaper and regular wallpaper with paste on furniture. The peel and stick wallpaper is obviously easier to use, but wallpaper with paste isn’t that bad.

It works best on straight surfaces like the backs of bookcases, drawer fronts, or even lining drawer bottoms.

Can you put wallpaper on IKEA furniture?

Yes, you can use wallpaper on IKEA furniture. I’ve used peel and stick wallpaper on the back of a Billy bookcase with success. IKEA furniture is practically made to be hacked with paint and wallpaper!

Should you remove the drawers when installing wallpaper on a dresser front?

You can do it either way. I chose to remove the drawers first so that I wouldn’t have gravity working against me.

However, if your pattern needs to be lined up, you may want to install the wallpaper while the drawers are still in the dresser body.

How to Use Peel and Stick Wallpaper on Furniture

Supplies Needed:

supplies for using peel and stick wallpaper on a dresser

Most tutorials for applying wallpaper to furniture recommend wrapping the paper around the drawer edges. I tried that at first, but the paper wouldn’t stick and I knew that it would end up getting destroyed.

This technique is a little different. For the best results, your drawers should be painted the same color as the paper.


Yield: 1

Using Peel and Stick Wallpaper on Furniture

IKEA rast hack with wallpaper

Learn how to apply peel and stick wallpaper to furniture. This IKEA Rast dresser got a fun update with graphic wallpaper.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Rast dresser
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yardstick
  • Utility knife with fresh blades


  1. If your Rast is already assembled, remove the drawers from the body of the dresser. There are little white plastic screws holding it in place.
  2. If your Rast dresser is new, check out this tutorial to complete the first part of this makeover.
  3. Remove any hardware on the drawers.
  4. Measure the drawer fronts and cut out pieces slightly larger than the drawer fronts. I cut pieces that were about 8" x 24" to give me 1/2" overhang on each side.measuring out pieces of wallpaper for dresser front
  5. Place the wallpaper on the dresser front and get it centered.
  6. Peel the backing away from one edge, smoothing as you go. (If it ends up going on crooked, you can remove it and try again. applying wallpaper to dresser front
  7. Use an old gift card to smooth bubbles if needed. I found it useful for removing creases from the wallpaper. using old card to smooth wallpaper bubbles
  8. Mark the edges of the dresser by using the card to create a crease.
  9. Use a straight edge and a utility knife to cut away the excess paper. cutting edges of wallpaper with utility knife
  10. Use something sharp to poke holes where the hardware belongs. I used a screwdriver because that's what I had on hand.using screwdriver to poke holes for hardware through wallpaper on dresser front
  11. Reinstall the hardware.
  12. Reinstall the drawers with the white plastic screws. black and white pattern on dresser front in teal room with gray bed


  • One roll of peel and stick wallpaper was more than enough for 2 Rast dressers.
  • Experiment with wallpaper orientation to see how you like it better. If you like the pattern going down, you will have to match the pattern when applying it.
  • I started out trying to wrap the paper around the edges, but it wouldn't stick. You may have more luck with that technique than I had.
  • It's much easier to cut the paper when you've given yourself a larger overhang. 1/2" is perfect.

Did you make this project?

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IKEA rast dresser makeover in teal room with gray bedding
Sneak peek of the bedroom

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One Comment

  1. Thanks so much for the informative tutorial, was looking for instructions using wallpaper on the Rast.


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