Hanging Pictures Without Nails

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Hanging pictures without nails – can it be done? Our customers often ask us how they can put up pictures without nails.

At My-Picture.co.uk we offer a range of hanging accessories with our prints – often included in the price. But if you want to hang pictures without nails being used at all, you’ll need another solution!

That’s why we’ve put together a handy list of nail-free hanging alternatives which will leave your walls pristine and unpunctured.


Sometimes Nailing It Isn’t the Answer

Before you start swinging that hammer, ask yourself if using nails is the right choice for you. There are a few reasons why you might want to steer clear:

Hanging pictures without nails. Hammer and nails.

Whatever your reasons, we hope these suggestions for no-nail wall hanging hit the…ahem…nail on the head.

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1) Double-Sided Tape

A simple, time-honoured solution when you want to stick something to something else. Double-sided sticky tape is easily available, cheap, and the way it works is all but self-explanatory.

The smoother the surface where you apply the tape, the better. So double-sided tape is a better solution for hanging frames without nails than for hanging unframed canvas.

Also, any impurities on the surface will weaken the bond, so be sure to clean well before you apply – consider an alcohol-based cleaner that will dry without residue.

Hanging pictures without nails. Roll of adhesive tape.

As a rule, we’d only recommend double-sided tape for smaller framed canvas prints.

Note also: there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to remove the tape without pulling away some of the paintwork.




2) Picture Hanging Strips

These are a recent innovation that have really filled a gap in the market and made damage-free picture hanging easier and more reliable.

The strips come in pairs. Each strip in the pair has a special adhesive layer on one side, and on the other side a “locking” surface that works like Velcro. Mounting your picture is a simple process:

Hanging pictures without nails. Picture on wall showing man holding puppy.

As with double-sided tape, the wall should be thoroughly cleaned first so that the adhesive can work properly.

Note: The number of strips you’ll need depends on the weight of your picture. The hanging strips come in different sizes and for each size the weight that each pair will support is clearly indicated. Just attach more pairs until you have enough to support your picture.




3) Picture Rail Suspension

This is a traditional hanging solution which could be just right for you – it depends mainly on when your home was built.

Look up. If your home dates from before the Second World War, there’s a good chance that you’ll see a thin strip of moulding running around the walls of your living room or bedroom, a foot or two from the ceiling.

If so, that’s your picture rail right there – and you can display your pictures with an added flourish of period charm by suspending them from this built-in solution to nail damage. It should take little more than an S-shaped hook or two and a length of twine or picture wire.

Hanging pictures without nails. Two pictures on wall showing architecture towers

Suspended pictures will be prone to swaying slightly, so it’s a good idea to cushion the bottom corners of your picture with felt or paper to avoid scraping marks.




4) Prop It Up

It’s worth asking yourself whether you really need your picture to be hung up at all.

Part of the appeal of canvas prints from My-Picture.co.uk lies in their robust, tactile build which gives them a timeless quality. Each canvas comes ready-stretched on a spruce wood frame, meaning they’re sturdy enough to be displayed propped up against a wall on any level surface.

A bookshelf or mantelpiece will make an ideal support for a smaller picture, and if you’re feeling adventurous you could even stand it on the picture rail (see above).

Hanging pictures without nails. Picture of leaf leaning against wall.

If you have a large-scale picture, consider placing it directly on the floor. It will bring a refreshing physicality to your decor, and really draw your pictures into the life of a room.

Maybe not the right choice for classic landscapes or portraits, but it works great for prints featuring blocks or splashes of bold colour.




5) Put Up Some Tiles Instead – Photo Tiles!

What if you could buy a picture that was ready to put up on the wall, quickly and easily, as soon as it arrived at your home?

Well, now you can. MIXPIX photo tiles, the newest product from My-Picture.co.uk, are lightweight photo prints that come equipped with reusable adhesive pads, meaning them can be attached to almost any wall without the risk of damage.

Hanging pictures without nails. Patterned prints on wall above sofa.

MIXPIX are 20 x 20cm print reproductions of your photos that provide the stunning depth of colour and pin-sharp resolution our loyal customer base has come to expect.

Order a set of MIXPIX and you can arrange them in a neat grid – or any adventurous, creative pattern of your choice. When you want to try something new, simply pull them away from the wall and stick them back in a fresh arrangement.

They’re an innovative solution to photo printing and interior decor that puts you in control. And not a nail in sight.



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