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12 Ways to hang pictures without nails

Make your apartment feel like home and still get your security deposit back!

Make your apartment feel like home — with your unique sense of style and décor. Pictures, posters, artwork and memorabilia transform an apartment into your home, but working within rental lease restrictions can be challenging if you are required to hang pictures without nails. Fortunately, today there are many temporary décor solutions (that don’t put holes in walls) — that not only look great but won’t put your security deposit refund at risk.  

Here are our top 12 ways to hang pictures without nails. Not only can you skip the hammer and nail for these options, but most don’t require tools.

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Hang pictures without nails using these sticky options!

1. Command Hooks – Go Commando! (ahem, at Roost that means no hammer required!)

Command hooks feature a special adhesive that holds tight to various surfaces, including doors and walls.

Command hooks to hang pictures without nails

These hooks are available to support a variety of weight capacities. It’s important to stick to their weight capacity because they can fall off the wall if over-weighted.

Some items that are a perfect match for these hooks:

The unique adhesive not only sticks tightly to many different types of walls but it is also easily removed without damaging your wall or paint.

2. Removable Adhesive Strips – no nails required!

Like Command Hooks, removable adhesive strips are a great solution for hanging lighter items.

However, our scientists here at Roost, want you to know that the more adhesive strips you use, the more weight they will support. If you have a heavier piece to hang putting multiple strips evenly spaced on the back will work together to keep your artwork hanging on the wall all year round.

Hang pictures without nails with Removable Adhesive Command strips

Consider lining the backside of a framed picture with four adhesive strips for optimum hold for example.

Removable adhesive strips are specifically designed to be easily removed without damaging walls and let’s you hang pictures without nails.

3. Jellysub Picture Hanging Strips – We’re hooked!

Jellysub brand picture hanging strips, also known as hook and loop products, can be a fun and inexpensive way to adhere pictures and art onto your walls, windows, doors, etc.

Jellysub hanging strips (hook and loop)

Be sure to buy a product with adhesive backing on both sides of the velcro and your possibilities are endless.

Velcro is also a flexible solution for items that you may want to replace in the same location frequently.

Just attach the hook half of velcro to the new item you’d like to hang and easily replace any item on the wall.

4. Magnetic Picture Mounts – magnetic attraction!

A creative option similar to Velcro, magnetic picture mounting dots, can support lightweight pictures and mementos.

Hang pictures without nails using adhesive magnet mounting dots

Magnets and Velcro are especially handy for quick removals. You can easily find lightweight magnets with adhesive backing, but you can also consider hot gluing magnets to your picture for added, long term hold.

Arrange your art and decorations no nails or hanging required!

5. Creative Furniture Pieces display your pictures without hanging or nails

No one ever said you had to hang a picture on a wall. Consider unique pieces of furniture or décor to set your pictures on.

An old ladder, for example, can make quite a statement when leaned up against a wall and adorned with framed vacation photos, dried flowers, or souvenirs sitting on the rungs.

Decorative room divider no wall damage hang pictures without nails

A room divider can be used in a similar fashion and easily moved around the room to fit your changing tastes and style.

Using this technique, you can display your pictures and artwork without nails. It also doubles as a space divider while adding a touch of style

6. Use Bookshelves to display pictures

Modern décor is full of whimsy, including using your bookcases for way more than books.

Bookcases can also be used to create a divider between spaces in a room.

Use the back of the bookshelf like a wall to hang pictures. Voila! You have just created a little more privacy and happiness in your life.

7. Lean larger pictures against the wall

One of the easiest ways to decorate your apartment is to lean large framed pictures against a wall or windows.

Don’t be afraid to get creative leaning artwork against your kitchen or bathroom backsplash either, or for exceptionally large pieces and mirrors – directly on the floor.

Large picture leaned against a wall instead of hanging to avoid wall damage

If you have young children or pets, be sure to place artwork only where little hands or paws cannot reach them.

8. Use Decorative Easels

Another option is to consider buying an attractive easel to display your pictures or a special book.

You can adjust the heights and place art around your apartment to mix things up. This creative solution will help you add art to your home and hang pictures without nails.

Decorative easel to hang pictures without nails

If space becomes an issue, you can always fold the easel and tuck it away in a closet or under a bed for safekeeping.

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9. Tension Rods are great to avoid hammering nails into your wall

If you have a unique space or are really up to the challenge to create something fun for your apartment, consider using tension rods to add décor and pictures to your rooms.

You can purchase tension rods inexpensively online.

Tension rods are great to avoid using nails to hang a picture

Use these spring-mounted rods in between cabinets or inside windows and doorways.

Tension rods are designed to hang curtains without hardware or tools and can be used to string up lights, pictures, and other fun stuff.

If you’re looking for one that will hold a bit more weight, consider buying a tension rod designed for shower curtains.

10. String Clips are great for hanging pictures

Cord and clip photo hangers work great around desks, where small notes are valuable, but can also be used on walls with command hooks or hung on doors and windows.

You can even find picture clips that light up with batteries adding a cozy glow to your apartment.

String clips to hang pictures without using nails

11. Removable Decals for unremovable memories

Specially designed for temporary use, decals (and wallpaper) are an affordable and fun way to add a big impact to any room.

Great for kids’ spaces (but also fun for adults), you can easily find inexpensive decals online that are safe to use and easy to remove from walls.

Removable decals to avoid using nails to hang pictures on walls

Some decals even take the shape of picture frames, allowing you to easily and safely mount pictures from your vacations, graduations, weddings, etc. 

12. Project your pictures onto the wall – welcome to the space age!

Saving the BEST for last, 9 out of 10 Roost scientists recommend a digital projector as the best way to hang pictures without nails.

Not only is it a great conversation starter, the kids love it, the grandparents love it, and your holiday party guests will love it all without touching the wall without anything but light.

Portable projector

Using a projector, you can turn any boring white wall into an instant picture gallery.

Projectors are getting smaller and can be operated using your cell phone – the sky’s the limit in what images you could project on the wall!

Roost Tip! Ask your landlord if there are rules against hanging pictures on your wall using nails. Many landlords want their residents to feel at home and stay for the long term – hanging artwork may not be out of the question. However, protect yourself by asking for permission in writing.

Tips for removing your art when it’s time to move

Depending on which method you use to personalize your apartment with pictures, any of these suggestions should help you move on. 

  • Adhesive products, including command strips, Velcro, or hooks, should be removed slowly and per the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Keep a mild cleaning solution nearby to wipe down the walls after you remove adhesive products. 
  • Don’t scrub away residue or adhesive aggressively  – doing so could damage the wall. 

No matter what restrictions you experience as the resident of an apartment or house rental, there is no reason you cannot make your home a reflection of your personality.

It isn’t necessary to hammer nails or otherwise damage your walls to get the design aesthetic you desire.

Utilizing bookcases, adhesive strips, or even string can make your apartment feel like home. With a little creativity and some time, no one will ever know how your pictures are hung – including your landlord!

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Last Updated: November 30th, 2023