If you’re asking what’s the difference between decals & stickers, you’re probably looking to buy one. The trick is figuring out which one is right for you. Decals & stickers are very similar. Oftentimes, they are used interchangeably. Decals, stickers, and labels are all comprised of two layers: a paper backing và an adhesive layer. The adhesive layer is placed on the paper backing (usually some khung of wax paper or something equivalent) and the design is printed on the front of the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer can be made of a number of materials including vinyl, paper, and aluminum.

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When it comes to lớn buying decals, stickers, or something else like labels, there are a number of things lớn consider: intended use, size/quantity, application surface/location, and lifespan. Check out the table at the bottom of this post for a comprehensive guide to figure out which sticker/decal is right for you.

Intended Use

Decals, labels, & stickers tóm tắt many of the same qualities, but the key differences lie in their intended use. Typically stickers are used for logos và illustrations. Labels are used for more informative purposes such as hàng hóa packaging. Và decals are used for decoration or advertising purposes on floors, windows, walls, vehicles, etc..


Stickers và labels are usually smaller in nature và applied lớn smaller products such as laptops, water bottles, and other product packaging. Decals, on the other hand, are usually larger and applied khổng lồ things such as walls, windows, floors, & vehicles.

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Because of their size, decals are usually ordered in smaller quantities. A business might order one wall decal for their wall and/or one window decal for their window. Stickers are ordered in quantities of one to lớn many. Businesses may want khổng lồ buy stickers with their company’s logo to hand out khổng lồ employees or customers. Because of their intended use, labels are sold in rolls and come in large quantities. Kiểm tra out our Roll Labels for more information.


Application Surface/Location

As mentioned above, decals are great for walls, windows, and floors. With that said, there are a number of different types of decals. A decal that goes on the floor is different than a decal that would go on a wall & both of those are different than a de-cal that would go on a window. If you’re looking for a decal/sticker that can be used outdoors and is more permanent, kiểm tra out our permanent decals.


Stickers are typically used for small format advertising. They are typically applied lớn smooth surfaces and can be easily removed. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to install, stickers are perfect. People lượt thích to decorate their laptops, notebooks, và water bottles in stickers.

Labels are primarily used on hàng hóa packaging: jars, cans, bags, bottles, etc. They come in rolls making them quick & easy lớn install on numerous items.


Another important factor lớn consider is lifespan. Decals last the longest, followed by stickers, & then labels. If you are looking for something that will last over a year, you will want lớn go with some type of decal. If you’re looking for something that is small & quick và easy to install, you’ll want to lớn go with a sticker or label.

Decals, Stickers, và Labels

ProductIntended UseSizeTypical QuantitySurfaceIndoor/OutdoorLifespan
Wall DecalsBusinesses, home decorSmall lớn LargeFewWallsIndoor5+ Years
Repositionable DecalsBusinesses, trang chủ decorSmall khổng lồ LargeFewWallsIndoor5+ Years
Window DecalsBusinessSmall lớn LargeFewWindowsIndoor and Outdoor3+ Years
Vehicle DecalsVehiclesSmall to lớn LargeFewGlass, Metal, & Other Vehicle MaterialsOutdoor3+ Years
Floor DecalsEvents, Businesses, Grocery StoresSmall to LargeFewFloor- Hardwood, tile, laminate, concreteIndoorVaries Depending on Use
Carpet StickersEvents, BusinessesSmall to lớn LargeFewCarpet/RugIndoorVaries Depending on Use
Street và Sidewalk DecalsStorefronts, sidewalks, streets, events, etcSmall to lớn LargeFewAsphalt, Brick, Vinyl, Tile, Metal, Concrete, Stucco, CinderblockIndoor & Outdoor1 Year
Permanent DecalsIndustrial, PermanentSmall khổng lồ LargeFewAny Non-Porous MaterialIndoor & Outdoor5+ Years
Boat DecalsBoat, Submerged in WaterSmall to LargeFewSmooth Wood, FiberglassIndoor và Outdoor5+ Years
Roll LabelsProducts, PackagingSmallManyGlass, Metal, Cardboard, PlasticIndoorVaries Depending on Use
Bumper StickersVehicle BumpersSmallManyVehiclesOutdoorVaries Depending on Use
StickersLaptops, Water Bottles, Notebooks, etcSmallManySmooth và Flat SurfacesIndoor and OutdoorVaries Depending on Use