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Today I want to give some no nail picture hanging ideas for renters. One of the things I hear so often is that if you have a small home you need to use your vertical space. Sure, great…but I’m a renter! Which means I can’t install shelves and hangars and such on the walls. Great advice, not so easy to implement.
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While I don’t have the perfect solution to this problem, here are some tricks that I use around my apartment to hang art, bulletin boards, quilts, and more on the walls.
Always be mindful to test an inconspicuous area first to see if adhesive will peel paint or something when it is taken off.
3m Command Tape and clothespins.
This is probably my favorite picture hanging idea and used whenever I can. I put 3M Command Tape on the back of clothespins that I cover in washi-tape. Then I stick the clothespin to the wall and hang. I am currently using this method to hang my quilt behind my t.v. (seen in my fall home tour)…
Washi Tape is a renter’s dream. It isn’t terribly sticky and comes off easily from most walls. It can be used to create art all on it’s own (think striped walls) or used to create “frames” like I did here in my dining room. Or it is a fun way to simply tape children’s artwork up on to the wall. If you rent…you need washi tape!
If you are a renter you are more than familiar with these nifty little helpers. We used them to power our family’s message center. But don’t limit them to what you see them most commonly used for. I used washi tape and ModPodge to make the cheap version of the hangars look awesome! You could also spray paint them to customize them to your home. These are probably the most versatile of all picture hanging ideas for renters because there are literally dozens of different styles, strengths, and sizes of these things. They will hold everything from a simple picture frame to a 30 pound backpack (truth!)
- -Use 2 hooks and a curtain rod to create a place to hang fabric, curtains, artwork…etc.
- -The waterproof versions work great for holding towels and hand towels in the bathroom!
- -Small hooks holding totes are a great make-up storage solution in the bedroom…and a great way to keep kid’s art corralled!
- -Use them on the back of doors to hang sweaters and hats.
- -Hang lids, towels, and more on the back of kitchen cupboard doors.
Command Hooks are a renters must-have!
So, technically you have to be able to put in a small (itsy) nail to be able to hang these. So, if you think you can get away with it…or there are visible holes you can use…this is a clever and fun option! I use this to hang my calendar in my kitchen. There was a hole already there but it was higher than my kids could use. So, I used a pant hangar and it works great! And, looks pretty cool :). This would be a great option for hanging a print or poster! Here I used them in our epic hall makeover to hang a couple vintage prints.
Stretching string or ribbon between 2 nails/tacks is a great way to hang photo’s or other light art (children’s papers). If you can’t get away with tacking a couple strings down, use Command Hooks and just tie the ends around the hooks.
This works great to hang multiple items in one place. You could even cover the tension rods with yarn or fabric to make them look even better! Hang the rod between 2 windows, 2 cupboards, or in a corner. Be aware that they can’t take a great amount of weight. But, a few canvases will hang nicely! We used this method to create our Advent Wall this year.
Some other fun picture hanging ideas…
- -Cover an entire wall with craft or butcher paper in your kids room (make sure you cover all of it!). Tape it down well and give them crayons. We use this method in the kids area and they love it. I could see it being a problem for young children that might think the next wall they see is for coloring (yikes)…so use your smarts!
- -Twinkle lights are fun for little girls! String them up between shelves, from windows and closets…they don’t care how perfect they look!
- -Maps take up a great amount of wall space and are light. We have a vintage one hanging in our apartment as art…I love it!
- -Yarn. Yes, yarn. Run yarn across the wall like lines. Either use a thumbtack or washi-tape to hold in place.
- -ribbon and thumbtacks. Again, if you can get away with little holes…only! This is a great idea to use ribbon and thumbtacks to create a grid…
- -Vinyl. Cut into shapes and letters. Removable!
- -Post-it’s. Applied in masses, post-its can make a great statement!
- -Canvas’. Canvas’ are light and can usually be held with a simple thumbtack. You can make art or simply use them to showcase an ever-changing “art” display.
- -3d decals. These are available at many department stores. Use 3M double stick tape so that they can be removed later and think about using them in masses for the most dramatic effect.