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Hang art in a rental home

14 Jan 2011

Whilst most rental agreements won't allow you to drill into the walls, there are ways to decorate your new place without picking up a hammer.

Stick 'em up!

Your local hardware store should have a wide selection of adhesives and mounting strips that are perfect for those renting a home - all you have to do is 'squeeze it' or 'stick it' for fabulous interiors. No drilling or nails required.

Use an extra strong double-sided mounting tape for fast and easy mounting indoors and outdoors. You can use this product for hanging small to medium pictures. The only requirement is that surfaces be absolutely clean - so wash your walls before mounting your art.

Create your own feature wall by arranging several smaller framed or unframed pieces. Start off by laying the pieces on the floor and working out the arrangement that you like best. Apply the tape firmly to all four corners of each frame and position each frame onto the wall by peeling off the red protection foil and pressing the frame firmly onto the wall.

Most people make the mistake of hanging their artwork or photographs too high on the wall. Hang your pictures at eye-level or approximately 150mm from the floor. You can even break this rule and go lower in a room where people are generally seated, such as a dining room.

Don't use cheaper alternatives, purchase tape which may cost more but inevitably will last longer. Most good quality tape can be applied to tiles, metal, wood, stone, glass and plastics, which means that you can hang your favourite pieces anywhere!

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Pray tell and how are you supposed to get the pictures of the wall again.
In my personal experience that tape sticks like crazy, and if you do get it
off the wall it damages the picture at the back and then you battle to get the wall clean. Sorry this is not a good tip. - Cathy

 When removing art works from your wall does the double side tape remove the paint from the wall at place of contact, if so I would have to repaint or lose my deposit. What i have done in my rental home is, I had a painting hanging rail installed in two of the 3 rooms with the permission from the owner of the property. - Shaun

 I agree with Cathy. I find it much easier to remove screws and use some polly filler to close the holes neatly. If you take a bit of time and do it neatly you cannot see where the holes where. - Belinda  

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