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The Good and the Bad of Peel and Stick Tiles

Want to bring your kitchen, bathroom or laundry into this decade but don't have the cash? You're not alone.

With rising interest rates and the cost of living going through the roof, who can afford that renovation you've been hanging out for?

Or are you renting and need a temporary fix? Those ugly tiles are driving you crazy, right? I hear you!

That's where peel and stick tiles come to the rescue. They provide a quick and effective tile update or backsplash installation without breaking the bank. And they're removable at end of lease making them renter friendly.

Stick on tiles are a great way to add a personal touch to your bathroom, kitchen or laundry without requiring any permanent renovations.

3D Premium Marble Mosaic Peel and Stick Tile used as backsplash in bathroom.

3D Premium Marble Mosaic Peel and Stick Tiles

The Good of Peel and Stick Tiles

Some of the benefits of peel and stick tiles include:

  • Convenience – you can do-it-yourself with no grout to clean up and only a short curing time. it is possible to create a beautiful space without the hassle or expense of using real tiles to complete the work.
  • Easy installation – no professional trades are required for installation. All you have to do is measure the space, clean the surface, peel off the backing, and stick the tile sheet to the wall
  • Wide variety of thicknesses and designs to choose from ranging from flat tile stickers to thicker 3D mosaics. There are lots of designs, sizes, patterns and material options available. If you've seen it in a real tile, then a peel and stick version won't be too far away. 
Composite photo showing the variety of peel and stick tiles available


  • Affordability – removable tiles are significantly cheaper than real ceramic tiles. The cost of peel and stick tile largely depends on the quality and style of the material with sheets ranging from $5AUD for the thinner flat varieties to $15AUD for the composite mosaic premium ranges.
  • Removable = makes them ideal for use in rented homes or apartments. At end of lease, just use heat from a hairdryer to loosen the glue before peeling off.
Photo shows removal of 3D Premium Silver Mosaic Peel and Stick Tile from the wall using heat from a hairdryer

The Bad of Peel and Stick Tiles

So what is the downside, you say? 

There are definitely some cons to consider before you invest your hard earned cash.

  • Looks - peel and stick tiles don't look exactly like real tile; though the premium stick on tiles are a pretty good imitation. Newer peel and stick tiles come in a variety of materials and designs that mimic the look of popular tile options.
  • Stickability - stick on tiles surprisingly don't stick to everything. They are not recommended for greasy or dirty surfaces, rough surfaces like exposed brick, unfinished plaster walls, unpainted plywood or newly painted walls. Wait a minimum of 3 weeks after painting. Thinner sheets don't stick well to rough tiles with deep grout lines. Better to choose the thicker premium tiles if your surface is uneven.
  • Wet Areas - most stick on tiles are not suitable for wet areas such as showers as the majority of peel ands stick tiles are water resistant not waterproof. If you want to put them in your shower, check the product details before buying. Our 3D Premium range can be used in the shower.
  • Durability - they may not last as long as traditional tiles. Their life span ranges from 5-10 years depending on where they have been installed. Peel and stick tiles subjected to lots of water in wet areas around showers will not last as long as those installed in a drier area such as a kitchen nook. Depending on the surface they are applied to, the adhesive may degrade over time and the tiles come loose.


Peel and stick tiles provide a quick and effective tile update or backsplash installation without breaking the bank. And they're removable at end of lease making them renter friendly.

The downside is that they are not as durable as real tile and are not suitable for all surfaces and areas.

The take away is if you want a quick and easy diy renovation, then stick on tiles are your answer. But do your research into the appropriate product for your project to ensure you have the right stick on tile for the space.