No More Holes - How to Hang a Picture Without Nails

No More Holes - How to Hang a Picture Without Nails

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Whether you're renting and don't want to damage the walls, or you simply don't have a hammer and nails to hand, there are plenty of alternative ways to hang a picture without using traditional hardware.

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Here are some of the most popular and convenient ways to hang a picture without nails:

Command Strips


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Command Strips are a quick and effective option for hanging pictures without nails. They are easy to use and do not leave any damage or residue on your walls once removed.

To use Command Strips, simply peel off the backing and stick the strips to the back of your picture frame or artwork. Then, peel the backing from the other side, press the frame onto the wall and hold it in place for 30 seconds.

Command Strips come in a variety of sizes and weight limits, so be sure to choose the appropriate one for your picture.

Adhesive Picture Hanging Strips

Adhesive picture hanging strips are another great choice for hanging frames or pictures without nails. They work similarly to Command Strips but are generally cheaper to buy.

Adhesive strips also come in a variety of sizes and adhesive strengths, so choose the correct ones for your picture-hanging project.

Here's my step-by-step guide on how to use them:

  1. Clean the wall surface with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.
  2. Separate the strips and remove the protective backing from one side.
  3. Press the adhesive side of the strip onto the back of the picture frame.
  4. Remove the remaining protective backing and press the picture onto the wall, holding it in place for 30 seconds.
  5. To remove the picture, gently pull the tab on the strip downwards and towards you.

Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided sticky tape is a simple and affordable option for hanging pictures without nails. It is another easy-to-use product and does not leave any damage or residue on your walls.

To use double-sided tape, simply cut a piece of tape to the size you need and stick it to the back of your picture frames. Once that is done, press the frame against the wall and hold it in place for approximately 30 seconds.

Command Hooks

Command Hooks are a versatile option for hanging pictures without using nails. They can be used to hang art or picture frames of various sizes and weights, Command Hooks also come in a range of styles and colours.

To use Command Hooks, simply use the attached adhesive to stick the hook to the wall, you can then hang your picture from the hook.

Command Hooks are easy to remove and do not leave any damage or residue on your walls when removed.

Prepare the Wall for Hanging Picture Frames

Before you start hanging picture frames, it's important to prepare the wall properly to ensure your frame stays securely in place for as long as required.

Here are the two main steps to prepare your wall for to hang pictures:


Cleaning the Wall


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The first step to preparing your wall for hanging a picture, artwork or photo is to remove any dust, dirt or grease that may be on it.

All of these contaminants can prevent the adhesive from sticking properly to the wall surface, so it's important to be sure the wall is clean and dry before you start.

To clean your wall, use a damp cloth or sponge and mild soap or detergent to wipe down the surface. For particularly stubborn stains or marks, you can use isopropyl alcohol to help remove them. Let the wall dry completely before you start hanging your picture.

Consider Wall Material

The next step is to confirm the type of wall material you are attaching the fixture to. Different wall types may require differing methods of fixing, so it's important to know what kind of wall surface you're working with before you start.

For instance, if you have a solid wall made of brick, concrete, or plaster, you can use adhesive strips or hooks specifically designed for use on these surfaces.

It's also a good idea before you start hanging your picture, to test the strips or hooks on a small, inconspicuous area of the wall to make sure they will stick. This will hopefully prevent the picture from falling off without warning.

Hanging Pictures Without Nails


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Selecting the right hardware is crucial when hanging a picture without nails, so here are the two main factors to consider:

Choosing the Right Hooks

There are several types of picture hooks available, including press-in hooks, adhesive hooks, and picture-hanging strips.

Press-in hooks are ideal for lightweight pictures and are particularly easy to install. Adhesive hooks are perfect for medium-weight pictures or photo frames and can be removed without damaging the wall.

Picture hanging strips are the most sturdy and great for heavier pictures, providing a strong grip for long use.

When selecting hooks for your project, choose ones that can support the weight of your picture or other artwork. Check the weight limit on the packaging to ensure that you're selecting the right ones for the job.

Use a Spirit Level

Once you've selected the right hooks, the next step is to use a spirit level to ensure that your picture is straight, both horizontally and vertically.

To use a spirit level, simply place it on top of your picture frame and adjust the frames angle until the bubble is in the centre of the level. This will ensure that your picture is straight and levelled.

Hanging Different Types and Sizes of Pictures


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It's important to know the best way to hang pictures without nails, especially based on their weight and type. Here are some tips for hanging different pictures and artwork.


Hanging Framed Photos

The best method for hanging framed photos or to hang pictures is to use adhesive-backed picture hanging strips or hooks. As mentioned earlier, these are easy to use and can hold different weights depending on the ones you use.

Another important consideration when hanging artwork is the height at which you hang it. Generally, artwork should be placed at eye level. This means that the centre of the artwork should be around 57 inches from the floor. Yet, this can vary depending on the height of your ceiling and the size of the artwork.

Hanging a Heavy Picture or Artwork

If you're hanging particularly heavy pictures or canvases that exceed the limit of adhesive picture strips or hooks, you may need to use a more secure picture-hanging method. One option is to use a metal wall anchor, which is inserted into a hollow plasterboard wall before the screw is inserted. This will provide solid support for your heavy artwork.

Another option to hang a heavy picture is to use a picture rail system. This involves using a rail that is installed onto the wall itself and then the artwork is hung directly from the rail using wires or hooks.

This is a great option for those who frequently like to change their artwork pieces and display pictures in creative ways.

Hanging Wall Art With Wire

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Hanging wall art with wire can be a good way to display your artwork or framed pictures. Here are some options for how this can be achieved and how to use them:

Sawtooth Hangers:

  • Attach a sawtooth hanger to the back of the frame.
  • Hang the frame on a wall hook or nail.
  • This method works well for lighter artwork.

Wall-Mounted Hooks:

  • Install wall-mounted hooks or brackets specifically designed for hanging artwork with wire.
  • Adjust the height and spacing of the hooks to match your artwork's dimensions.
  • Hang the wire on the hooks.

Gallery Hanging Systems:

  • Consider installing a gallery hanging system, which involves mounting a rail or track on the wall.
  • Use adjustable hooks or cables that attach to the rail.
  • Slide the hooks or cables along the rail to position your artwork at the desired height.

French Cleat:

  • A French cleat is a sturdy method for hanging heavier artwork.
  • Attach one part of the cleat to the wall and the other to the back of your frame.
  • The cleat parts interlock, providing secure support for your artwork.

Adhesive Hooks and Strips:

  • For lightweight frames and artwork, you can use adhesive hooks or strips.
  • Attach the hooks or strips to the wall and frame following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • These are a good option if you want to avoid putting holes in your walls.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some alternatives to using nails for hanging pictures?

If you don't want to use nails to hang pictures, there are several alternatives you can consider. One option is to use adhesive strips, which can be easily removed without damaging your walls. Another is to use picture-hanging hooks that attach to your walls with adhesive. You can also use suction cups or wire hangers that hook onto your picture frame.

How do you hang pictures on wallpaper without using nails?

Hanging pictures on wallpaper can be tricky, but there are a few ways to do it without using nails. One option is to use adhesive strips or hooks that are designed to work on wallpaper. You can also use wire hangers that hook onto your picture frame. Just be sure to test the strength of the adhesive before hanging your picture to make sure it will hold.

What are the best picture hangers that won't damage walls?

There are many picture hangers on the market that are designed to be gentle and keep your walls damage-free. Adhesive strips, hooks, and hangers are all good options, as well as suction cups and wire hangers. Just be sure to choose a hanger that is appropriate for the weight of your picture, following the manufacturer's instructions.

What items can I use to hang pictures without leaving holes?

If you don't want to leave holes in your walls, there are several items you can use to hang pictures. Adhesive strips, hooks, and hangers are all good options for mounting pictures, as well as suction cups and wire hangers. You can also use a tension rod or a decorative ladder to display your pictures without damaging your walls.

How can I hang a picture frame without hooks on the back?

If your picture frame doesn't have hooks on the back, you can still hang it using adhesive strips, hooks, or hangers attached. You can also attach a wire to the back of the frame using picture wire and two strips or D-rings, and then hang the wire on a picture hook or nail.

Author: Matthew Chiappini

Author Bio: Matthew studied art and design at Stamford college, including interior design and colour theory. He still has a great love for art, home decor and interior design and is a keen DIYer, having worked as a carpenter after leaving school. Matthew has been writing home and home decor articles since 2020.

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