Hanging Up Pictures Without Hooks: What Are The Alternatives?

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To make a house a home you need to add your own individuality and personality – and one of the best ways to achieve this is with pictures and paintings. But once you have your wall hangings ready, do you know exactly how these are going to be hung?  Sure, there’s the traditional hammer and nails, however this option may not be the best one for everyone.

For example, if you’re a tenant living in rented accommodation, you may run the risk of breaching your contract terms if you make holes and leave lasting marks. Additionally, there is the aesthetical point of view – with nails and screws you will leave unsightly marks all over your home – something that will become particularly annoying if you ever decide to move your wall hangings into different positions.

As such there are a variety of different options, for those who wish to hang up their pictures in a different way.

3MTM CommandTM Strips

One of the best alternatives to traditional nails and hooks are CommandTM Strips. There are plenty of options to choose from here, depending on the size and weight of your wall-hanging, as well as the attachment used for the hanging (if it has an attachment at all). For example, there are general hooks, decorative and metal hooks, as well as picture and frame hangers. Using patented adhesive technology, the strip is stuck to your wall and can be removed quickly and effectively without leaving any marks. Quick, easy and really useful.

Picture-Rail Hooks

These have been used for years, and there’s a reason, they work really well. If your home has wall skirting or a dado rail, simply affix a picture-rail hook to hang your pictures. The way they work is simple and effective; all you have to do is attach one of the hooks on the rail, exposing the other end with a hook or lip to attach your wall fixing, then simply attach your hanging. There’s a variety of styles and sizes to choose, from simple and basic metal ones, to decorative and finely detailed ones.

Wall Tacks

For lighter and smaller hangings, wall tacks can be very useful. You must ensure that your wall will take the tack. For example, this will work if you have thick wall paper, or soft walls. However, if you’re trying to pin a tack to hard walls or breeze blocks, this could prove difficult. Nevertheless, a wall tack will enable you to hang your pictures without any gaping holes or marks, just a simple pin hole for your troubles.

Sticky Tack

Best used for lightweight picture frames, unframed photos and light canvases, sticky tack is a very useful and versatile adhesive. Whilst it is not a good idea to use sticky tack on painted walls, as it often pulls the paint off when removed, it can be used on wall paper and against exposed walls like wood, bricks and breeze blocks. If you’re looking for light temporary hangings, this is a great solution.

As you can see, the picture-hanging alternative you choose is really dependent on a few things. For example, the size and weight of the wall hanging, whether or not it is framed, whether it has a wall attachment and if so, what type of attachment does it have?

If you have any alternatives you’d like to add, please let us now your thoughts in the comments section below – we’d love to hear your thoughts.


This guest post was provided by 3M Direct, the official online store for 3M products in the UK.

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