How to Install Shelf Liner

Whether you want to liven up your living space or clean up your kitchen shelves, shelf liner offers a versatile and simple way to spruce up your home. Most shelf liner paper comes with either an adhesive backing or a tacky texture that grips the shelf. Before installing new shelf paper, clean your shelves thoroughly and assemble your supplies. Allow about an hour to complete your project.


Measure the space that you plan to cover with shelf liner. If there are multiple areas, it may be helpful to keep a list to stay organized.

Lay shelf liner paper on a large, flat surface and cut it according to your measurements. Most shelf liner paper contains a grid on the back of the peel-off paper that aids in maintaining straight lines while cutting. Be sure to keep the peel-off paper backing on while cutting, or the paper will roll up and stick to itself and become difficult to cut.

Clean and dry the shelf or surface before applying shelf liner paper.

Install the shelf liner by slowly peeling off one corner of the backing, and pressing it into the corresponding corner of your work area. Press down on the shelf liner as you go, smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles.

Repeat the process until you have covered all of the areas.

Smooth the surface of the shelf liner one final time with a wallpaper smoother brush to get rid of any residual bubbles, lines or wrinkles.

Things You Will Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Shelf liner
  • Wallpaper smoother brush

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Valery Elias has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has appeared in the "Savannah Business Journal," and she has experience as an independent secretarial contractor, proofreader and executive sales assistant for Fortune 500 companies. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa.