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How to Hang Wall Objects Without Nails in Your Rental Apartment

By August 21, 2021September 30th, 2021Home

If you are renting an apartment, you will likely want to personalize it with photographs, artwork, and other objects to help you feel more at home. As a renter, however, one of your goals should also be to eventually vacate the property in the same condition as when you moved in.

While wall hangings are an excellent way to decorate your space, using nails will leave holes in the walls, forcing your landlord to repair them and possibly jeopardizing at least part of your security deposit. To prevent this, you can use nail alternatives that won’t damage walls.

Here are several ways tips on how to hang things without nails in your rental apartment:


First, prepare the surfaces before you attempt to hang any items

Most of the following methods will work best if both the walls and the objects are clean. Use a soft cloth and mild, soapy water to the surfaces, but be aware that while these alternative hanging techniques are suitable for painted drywall surfaces, you might not get the same results on brick, tiles, or textured walls. Be sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions to minimize damage to the surface.


If the picture frame has a hanger on the back, use adhesive hooks

Adhesive hooks offer a relatively strong hold, and you can remove them from the walls without much effort or damage. The hooks come in various styles and sizes, and they work for hanging all sorts of objects or even holding up curtain rods.

Start by removing the liner from the back of the adhesive that is attached to the hook. Press the hook firmly against the wall and hold it there for 30 seconds. Wait one hour for the adhesive to fully dry, and you are ready to hang your item.


Try adhesive strips to hang items flush with the wall

When you want to hang something flat against a wall, adhesive strips are a simple option. Apply the strips to the back of the picture frame or object and press it to the wall. Hold it there for about 30 seconds.

  • One set of strips, positioned at the top center of the picture, will hold up to three pounds, which would be most 8” x 10” pictures.
  • Two sets of strips will hold up to six pounds when they are positioned at each top corner of the picture.
  • Four sets of strips will hold up to twelve pounds by positioning one set of strips at each top corner of the picture and another set on each side of the picture, two-thirds of the way down.


Velcro works well with heavier pictures

Velcro hanging strips are designed for heavy pictures and mirrors and can hold up to 16 lbs. Attach one half of each set of strips to your picture frame, and the other half to the wall. Press down firmly. Then wait one hour to allow the adhesive to bond with the wall and the picture frame. It is essential to give the adhesive enough time to set so that your large picture stays securely on the wall.


Keep things simple with decorative tape

Decorative tape is available in all kinds of patterns, colors, and sizes, so it is both practical and decorative. The tape is perfect for posters, small prints, and photos. You can place the tape across the front of the item on all four sides or just on the top and bottom for a more understated look.


Poster putty is quick and easy for lighter objects

The advantage of putty is that it adheres to many different surfaces. You can use it to hang posters and printed photographs, but it can also hold smaller framed objects if you use it liberally. It is ideal for someone putting together a gallery wall made up of small frames.


Hook-and-loop fasteners are yet another option

You can also hang slightly heavier items using hook-and-loop fasteners. The strips come in two pieces: the first half features tiny hooks while the second has small loops. When the two are pressed together, the hooks catch in the loops, and the two pieces bind together.


Do not forget renters insurance

As you can see, renting does not mean you have to choose between blank walls and a security deposit. You can use these alternative methods to help make your new place feel like home quickly.

However, there is no alternative to renters insurance to give you a secure feeling knowing your personal property is adequately covered for damage or loss. Ask one of our insurance experts at White Cloud Insurance about renters insurance. Use the convenient contact form, call us at 305-556-1488, or send us a message at