How to Hang Artwork Without Making A Hole in the Wall

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If you live in an apartment or rented home, then you know the dreaded task of trying to hang a painting without nails. You may think a small hole in the wall won’t attract any attention, but landlords will scour your apartment looking for any reason to not give your security deposit back. You can avoid the drama by using a few non-invasive methods. Here are three tips for people looking to hang a painting without holes in the wall.

Hang Artwork Without Making A Hole in the Wall

Using a Command Hook

Command hooks and strips were invented for the very reason of avoiding holes in the wall! These sticky tabs are easy to apply and come in a variety of styles. You can use a hook style for hanging coats or larger items. You can also use the old fashioned tabs for securing posters and frames to the wall. When it’s time to remove, you pull the end of the tab downwards, stretching it out so it releases its hold on the wall. The tab should peel away cleanly without any residue, although be warned if you have wallpaper–these tabs have been known to take a patch with them! One of the best things about command hooks, however, is that they come in a variety of finishes, including wood grain.

Using Poster Tack

Poster tack was the go-to tool for hanging pictures in college dorms and teen bedrooms back in the 90s. It’s fallen out of popularity since then, but it’s hard to see why. This clay like, blue lumpy material is the best hands down for hanging lightweight frames and posters. It can be molded and stretched to suit your needs, and it removes cleanly from the wall. You’ll never have to worry about leaving a mark on the wall or ripping up the paint or wallpaper with poster tack. Today, brands have improved their recipes so that there’s no blue residue left behind, either. The only downside is that you can’t use tack to hang up especially heavy objects, and if you try, it’s bound to slip and fall. Otherwise, tack is clean and reusable, too, making it a great choice if you have lots of things to hang.

Using a Console Table

When in doubt, why hang at all? Console tables are narrow tables designed to sit against a wall. They’re most commonly used to line hallways and sit underneath paintings. They’ve recently made a comeback due to the popularity of mudrooms and entryways by DIYers, so you can be sure to find a table that suits your budget. With a console table, you can set picture frames on top or lean a larger portrait against the wall. The latter is trending among interior designers, as it offers a casual look. This option works great for those who are operating with limited space, as console tables are so narrow. You could even add to your in house storage in the process!

Hang Artwork Without Making A Hole in the Wall


Hang Artwork Without Making a Hole.

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Thinking Outside of the Box (or Your Cramped Apartment)

Hanging up artwork without the use of nails or holes in the wall can be a delicate act. Consider investing in some filler in case you do decide to use nails. You can also hang up a shelf instead and put multiple pieces on it, rather than hanging them up individually. This will minimize the number of holes in the wall. You can even get creative and hang things on the ceiling. If your landlord looks up there, then he clearly wasn’t planning on giving your security deposit back anyway.

Melina Divani

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    Great tips. Thanks a lot for sharing this! I haven’t heard about poster tack before. Do you think it will work if I use it for my Buddha canvas print?

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