How to Hang Items in Your Rental Without Using Nails
As a renter, there are a few important things to keep in mind if you want to get your security deposit returned to you when your lease ends. Returning the property to the landlord in the same condition it was in when you first moved in is high on that list. Personalizing your living space with artwork, photographs and other decorations can help you feel more at home in a rental, but using nails to hang these items from walls may leave a little damage. To help prevent this, consider using one or more of these alternative methods for hanging items in your rental.
Prep Before You Begin Hanging Items
With each of these methods, you’ll see optimal results if you take the time to ensure you’re starting with a clean surface from which to hang your items. BobVila.com suggests cleaning your painted wall by gently wiping it using a soft cloth and mild, soapy water.
Please note that while these methods may work well for painted drywall surfaces, your experience with alternative surfaces such as brick or tile may vary. Remember, be sure to follow manufacturer instructions with any of the following options to help minimize potential damage to the surface you’re adhering to.
Decorative tape comes in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes, which makes it great for doubling as additional decor while adhering lightweight, paper to the wall. This option is perfect for small frame-free posters, prints and photographs. A piece of tape can be used across the front of the piece of art, either on all four corners for a bold look or on the top and bottom for a more subtle presentation.
Adhesive hooks provide a strong hold and can be removed from walls with minimal damage and effort. Adhesive hooks come in a variety of sizes and styles, and can be used for everything from hanging artwork to holding up curtain rods or clips, helping to make dressing your windows a breeze.
When you’re looking to hang an item flush with the wall, adhesive strips (minus the hooks) are a simple option. When hanging a lightweight piece of artwork such as a poster, adhere these strips directly to the back of the item you’d like to hang and firmly press the item to the wall. Hold the item in place for a few seconds to help the strip adhere properly, then step back and admire your work.
This tried and true option deserves a spot on the list. The putty adheres well to many different surfaces, including your walls. While you can certainly use it to hang posters and printed photographs, when used liberally, poster putty can hold small framed objects as well — making it an easy option for putting together a gallery wall, comprised of a variety of small frames.
Hook-and-loop fasteners are another great option for hanging slightly heavier items flush with the wall. These strips or patches come in two pieces — one that adheres to the wall and one that sticks to the item to be hung. When applying both sides, press firmly on the hook-and-loop fastener to ensure it is well attached, then line up the two pieces to secure the artwork to the wall.
Get Creative With Furniture Placement
If sticking items to the wall is just not something you want to take on, consider getting creative with furniture or purchasing new items to help add some decor to blank walls. Some options include simply resting and leaning framed artwork atop an existing dresser or console table, or adding a decorative, freestanding bookshelf or ladder to your space and using those surfaces to display your decor.
Renting a house or apartment doesn’t mean you have to choose between blank walls and a forfeited security deposit. Rather than nailing items on your walls, try using these alternative methods to help make your new place feel like home in no time.