How to Hang Framed Artwork Without Using Nails

How to Hang Framed Artwork Without Using Nails

Janel Laban
Sep 22, 2010

Old plaster walls, new strict landlord, dorm room rules — there are plenty of reasons you might need to hang framed artwork without the use of nails. What are some good ways to get the job done? Look no further than our smart commenters - the hive mind comes through once again!

The Most Popular Reader Tip:

• From lwarecki

If the artwork isn't too heavy, you could try 3M Command picture hanging strips. And they don't damage the wall when removing! I've used these in a couple places in my home and they've been holding up great. I even hung a floor length mirror using them and not a chance of that thing budging.

• From PhoebeArt

Ditto on the 3M. Just be very careful and follow the directions when you peel them off.

• From VAmodmom

Ditto. I use the strips all over our 101 year house.

• From jeffnyc

A heavy painting in my apartment has been hanging from 2 of the 3M picture hanging strips for years. Just to be safe, I used the hooks created for the heaviest weight.

• From Archie29

3M - we have hung all our frames with those! They are amazing....

• From DillyDallyHome

3M 3M 3M...if you're worried about falling art you can always go overboard and use more than a few on one piece.

• From hillde

I've been using the 3M hooks for years - I don't rent but I like rearranging. I have followed the directions exactly every time, even when I've been impatient to hang things, and so far they've never left a mark on the walls, taken off any paint, or come unstuck. All my walls are painted (flat enamel except satin in kitchen/bath) drywall without much texture, so that's probably the ideal surface.

Other Suggested Solutions:

• From Nephthys

Install small but heavy duty hooks along the top wall/ceiling. Using two hooks in the picture frame use fishing wire to hang your artwork.

• From!

If you're not leery of holes in the wall, there are these things my mom always uses called Monkey Hooks. Only a small hole is needed; she uses them all over her house for hanging misc. things.

• From herong

Man, those 3M hooks are SO EXPENSIVE. If something isn't TOO heavy, use velcro or double stick tape.

• From SFview

I tried the 3M on our walls, but the plaster and paint were too fragile and it took off a big slice of paint and the top paper layer. Ugh. Then I found these ( The memory of Billy Mays will always live on in my home thanks to these amazing little dodads. The best part is that when you remove them, the whole is the size of a thumbtack.

• From mindsprinter

There is also a company out of Canada (beamer? beemer? 404 area code if I recall ) that makes a very small nailing device. The nails which are the size of dress pins leave very small holes. Stagers use them to minimize damage to walls. And, though this is a nail-in-wall solution, you could try this product from Home Depot (

• From Heather C

My grandmother tried to convince me that putting a piece of scotch tape on the wall before putting a nail in would prevent cracking. Was she on crack?

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