How To Select and Apply Mailbox Numbers

One of the simplest and most affordable way to add a stylish and modern detail to the exterior of your home is with exterior-grade mailbox decals. If you don't have a mailbox, don't fret! Our peel-and-stick decals can add pizzazz to any smooth surface! You can apply them to glass, plastic, and metal in just a few minutes. The results are exciting and instantaneous!

Peel and stick mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers
Small and large mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers
 Peel and stick mailbox numbers

Before you rush out to pick up some mailbox decals, you should know that not all mailbox decals are created equal. When selecting the right product for your home, there are a few important things to consider  Here are our four quick tips for selecting and applying your decals:

1. Exterior Grade

To be certain that your mailbox numbers will last, even in the harshest conditions, be sure that the decals you select are exterior-grade. This way your new mailbox numbers will look good and last for many seasons.

Durable mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers

3 in SoCal | White

2. The Correct Size

Be sure that the decals you like best are available in the right size for your mailbox or application. Some companies are limited in the sizes they offer. Don't settle for the wrong size! Mailbox numbers that are too small won't be easy to spot, and numbers that are too large may not fit well. Sometimes the decals may interfere with the mailbox flag or other element, especially for addresses with lots of numbers. We suggest for free-standing mailboxes, that you consider ordering two sets of numbers, one for each side. You can select one size for the side without the flag, and another size for the flag side, so that your numbers are easily read from both sides for traffic from either direction.

Large mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers in a traditional font

 4in Santa Barbara Decals | White

3. Properly Spaced

Finally, not every manufacturer considers what it takes to install mailbox decals. You should consider choosing a company that provides mailbox decals on a single, peel and stick sheet. If not, and you're expected to apply them one character at a time, there's a good chance that the final outcome won't be straight or level, or the spacing between each digit might vary.  This can be frustrating!

1in mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers

 1in Palm Springs Decals | Orange

When you order your decals from Modern House Numbers, our design team will take the time to create a layout specific for your order. We will create the perfect spacing, and create a single peel-and-stick sheet to make installation as simple as possible.

 4. Understand How To Install Them

Before you begin, take some time to get familiar with the steps and supplies for a great installation.  When installing vinyl decals from Modern House Numbers, you'll need a ruler and some painters' tape.  You'll also want to have a credit card handy. More on that later! We'll send your numbers on a single sheet. You'll have no worries about spacing between the numbers.

Peel-and-stick mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers

 To prepare, first determine where on the mailbox you'd like the numbers to go. Decide how far from the bottom and side you'd like them to be. Once you're certain, use the ruler and tape to create a guide line. Double check that it's level.

Installing your mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers

Now you're ready to apply the decals. Our decals come in a three-layer construction. The top layer is a clear protective film, that you'll remove as the final step. The middle layer are your decals, set on a backing sheet. You'll want to remove the backing sheet to reveal the sticky vinyl. Use your guide line to adhere the sheet to the proper location on the mailbox. Rub the numbers with your finger.  Then use the edge of a credit card, apply with some pressure, taking extra time and care to give attention to every edge, curve, and corner.

Step-by-step instructions for applying mailbox decals from Modern House Numbers

Next, you're ready to remove the top, clear protective layer. It's important to start at one corner and SLOWLY pull the film away, towards the opposite corner.  Using this technique will minimize the chance of the numbers pulling up with the film.  You can also apply your fingertip to the number nearest the film where you're peeling away.  It's also smart to apply pressure with your finger to all number edges a final time, prior to peeling away that area.

Applying peel-and-stick mailbox decals from Modern House Numbers

The final step is to remove the tape guideline, and viola! Your new mailbox numbers are done, and your curb appeal is head-turning!

Stylish modern mailbox numbers from Modern House Numbers

3in South Beach | Green

Now that you know more about peel-and-stick mailbox numbers and how simple they are to use, pop on over to our decals page for the font and color options and check out the installation image gallery, plus step-by-step installation instructions. Don't forget, our decals are also great on glass, plastic and smooth metal too! 

Picture of the Author

brandy mclain, author

Brandy is an urban planner and site designer with experience at private & non-profit organizations and has been responsible for land development and regional visioning projects. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona. Brandy is passionate about community involvement, anything handmade and holds fond memories of learning to sew at age five. Learn more about Brandy on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Brandy on LinkedIn, at ShoutOut SoCal, or at the San Diego Voyager.

You may also be interested in:
Biggest Benefits of Handcrafted Metal Plaques

Biggest Benefits of Handcrafted Metal Plaques

Explore the craftsmanship behind handcrafted metal plaques to elevate your space with timeless elegance. Uncover the biggest benefits of these customized designs, blending aesthetics and durability for a unique statement piece that stands the test of time.
How To Clean Address Plates & Plaques

How To Clean Address Plates & Plaques

Cleaning your address plaques, plates and numbers is simple and keeps them looking good as new! Follow this expert guide on how to clean your addressing products correctly.