What is the difference between paper,  coated fabric and vinyl coated wallpaper?

Paper wallpaper

The most well known of the papers and refers to a wallcovering make from a printed pattern/design straight on to paper without any coating on it. Because of the lack of coating it can get easily damaged and is difficult to clean. If you try and clean it with a damp cloth or sponge it will more than likely tear. If the ink used is not UV protected, it is also more likely to fade in direct sunlight.

Vinyl coated wallpaper

Vinyl wallpaper is composed of a paper layer on which the design is printed. The paper is then coated (with either acrylic vinyl or polyvinyl chloride coating) which then makes the material resistant to water and water vapor, making it suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and playrooms. The great thing about vinyl coated wallpapers/decals is that it can be cleaned with soap and water or cleaning sponge.


Coatings may also contain chemical additives such as dispersants and resins to give water resistance and wet strength to the paper or to protect against sunlight. Coatings can also give extra qualities to the wallpaper such as surface gloss, smoothness or reduced ink absorbency. 

Coated fabric wallpaper

Instead of printing on paper, the design is printed on a coated fabric. Unlike the vinyl coated paper (where the coating goes on top of the design), coated fabric has the design printed on top of the coating - not the fabric, therefore not giving your wallpaper as much protection as the vinyl coated. Coated fabric is a beautiful product and should be used in rooms which you entertain in (living rooms or dining rooms). I would not advise you use them in bathrooms or kitchens.

If you order your vinyl products through Squark Interiors, please let us know which room you plan to use them. This way we can ensure you have the right product for your room.