What are the different types of wallpapers?


If you're planning a redecorating project involving wallpaper, you might be interested to learn that there are several different types available. This is important to research because you want to choose the type that works best for its intended area. For instance, wallpaper that works best in the bathroom might not be the best candidate for the dining room.
Vinyl coated paper — As its name indicates, this wallpaper has been treated with acrylic vinyl or polyvinyl chloride. They are easy to clean and unaffected by long term exposure to humidity or grease. Vinyl coated wallpaper is especially recommended for bathroom, kitchen and even basement walls for specifically this reason. This type is scrubbable and strippable.
Coated fabric — This type has an underlying layer of fabric also coated with a liquid form of vinyl. This is not a good candidate for humid rooms such as bathrooms or walls that will be exposed to grease, such as those in a kitchen. Coated fabric works best in low-humidity areas.
Paper backed vinyl or solid sheet vinyl — This type of wallpaper has a layer of paper or pulp backed to a decorative vinyl surface. Because of its vinyl surface, this is another good candidate for high humidity areas. In fact, this type is good for almost any climate. It's also easy to clean, scrubbable and peels off easily from the wall when it's time for removal.
Fabric backed vinyl — This wallpaper consists of a layer of fabric laminated to a layer of solid vinyl. There are two types included in this category. Solid vinyl is simply a layer of paper or fabric laminated to vinyl film. Since the applied vinyl is solid and not liquid, it is considered more durable than most other wallpapers. If you're looking for a material that cleans easily and lasts for a long time, this type of wallpaper is for you. Paper wallpaper consists of a layer of decorative paper that doesn't necessarily have a protective layer laminated to it. Before purchasing this type, check the manufacturer's instructions to be sure it works best for your situation.
As you can see, different areas of the home require different types of wallpaper. Always check the manufacturer's instructions before purchasing and installing any type in your home.