I used to hate hanging pictures. The idea of putting holes in the wall of my house didn’t sit well with me. Eventually, things would get moved, and you would have to putty the hole, and then I discovered these amazing velcro strips, and they have been a game-changer. This article will show you how to hang a picture without nails quickly and easily. Damage-free decorating at its finest!
How to hang a picture without using nails
What do you need to hang a picture without nails?
First, you will need a pack of these velcro command strips. You will need a different size of strip depending on the weight of your picture.
- These small velcro command strips are for 4 lbs
- These small velcro command strips are for 12 lbs
- These small velcro strips are for 16 lbs
All of these you can get with your Amazon Prime 2 day shipping.
You will also need a few other things to make the job easier.
- Lazer level (this one has a 4.7 rating on Amazon and over 1200 reviews), or you can get this 24 inch one if you want an old school one.
- Tape measure
Hold up your photo and decide where you want it. We like to measure and place it in between, then mark the wall with our pencil, so we know where to put it when it’s time to install. We mark the top two corners and come back to erase them later.
Step 1: Clean the surfaces
After you know the weight of the frame and picture, give the back of the frame a wipe and give the wall where it is going a wipe and make sure it dries.
Step 2: Remove things from the back.
Once it’s dried, you will want to remove any bumps from the back of the frame so the portrait can stay flat against the wall when you put it up.
Step 3: Apply the strips to the back
Peel off the plastic back of the velcro strip and press firmly slightly below the corners of the frame. Do this 4 times to make sure the frame will sit flat.
Step 4: Put the second strip on the first strip.
Attach the other side of the velcro strip to the strip that you have put onto the back of the frame. You can also do this in combination with step 3 if you find it easier. This frame had an edge on it, so I wanted to make sure it could fit the strip once applied.
Do this for each velcro strip you installed in step 3.
Step 5: Removing Backing
Peel off the backing of the velcro command strips that you attached to the frame.
Step 6: Place the frame
Line up where you want the picture to be and press the frame against the wall and hold for 30 seconds.
Step 7: Remove the frame
Lift off the frame from the bottom of the wall and apply pressure to the velcro strips that are stuck to the wall to ensure that they are firmly pressed against the wall.
Step 8: Reapply the frame
Reapply the fame against the wall using the marks you made earlier and your level to see that it is straight. Because of the velcro, it’s a lot easier to make slight adjustments to get the frame perfectly level. Press for 30 seconds.
Step 9: Clean up
Erase any pencil marks on the wall, and clean up and garbage.
Will hanging a picture with velcro damage my walls?
The packaging says that the strips will come off the wall without doing damage. This has been the case for us in all but one instance.
That one time was on an outside wall, and it could have been due to the extreme temperatures we have here throughout the year or that the picture had been hung for several years. There is a specific way to remove these strips, and if you don’t follow them, there could be some damage to the wall.
Final thoughts on hanging a photo without nails
This is a pretty easy thing to do; all said, hanging this photo took us less than 5 minutes and only cost a few dollars for the strips. If you are testing out pictures in different places, or just don’t want to put holes in your walls, then I recommend these velcro strips. They are very versatile and useful.