6 Ways to Hang a Poster Without Damaging the Wall

Decorate your space while leaving hole-free walls.

Time

An hour or less

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

Less than $20

Introduction

Here are a few ways to hang your favorite cool posters without making your parents nuts or losing your security deposit.

Tools Required

  • Bubble level
  • Measuring tape
  • Painter's tape

Materials Required

  • 3M Command Velcro
  • 3M Spring clips
  • Mounting putty
  • Nano tape
  • Paper clips
  • String
  • Suction cups

Project step-by-step (7)

Step 1

Before You Start

  • Visualize and plan where you want to hang the poster. Have a friend or family member hold it up so you can see what it looks like. Try a few different walls — your poster may look better on a wall opposite or adjacent to the window for better light.
  • Clean the area where you’re hanging your poster. A microfiber cloth works well for this.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will land.
  • Use a bubble level to ensure the tape looks good.

Step 2

Loctite Fun-tak Mounting Putty

  • Before applying Loctite Fun-tak Mounting Putty, make sure the surface is clean and dry and the paint fully cured.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Pull or cut four, roughly one-inch pieces of putty. Knead them between your fingers into small balls so they're soft like the consistency of chewing gum.
  • Place your poster face down on a clean flat surface.
  • Stick the putty balls in each corner of the back of your poster.
  • First, stick the left corner to the wall just below the blue tape line. Then, while still holding a poster, stick the right corner.
  • Pull down slightly on the corners of the poster and stick it to the wall one corner at a time, avoiding any ripples or creases in the poster.

Step 3

3M Spring Clips

  • Before applying 3M Spring Clips make sure the surface is smooth, clean and dry, and the paint is fully cured.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Attach two 3M Spring Clips to the top of your poster about one inch from each side.
  • Peel the protective strip off the back of the clip.
  • Stick the clips to the wall just below the blue tape line.
  • If the bottom of the poster lifts, add two more clips to the bottom edge.

Step 4

Suction Cups, String & Paper Clips

  • This is for hanging multiple pictures or posters at once.
  • Before applying LEVERLOC Suction Cups make sure the surface is smooth, clean and dry, and the paint is fully cured.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Lay all the posters next to each other on a flat surface and measure the width from the first one to the last.
  • Cut a piece of string six inches longer than the width of your posters.
  • Attach the piece of string to each suction cup.
  • Attach two suction cups to the wall just below the blue tape line, keeping the string taut.
  • Attach paper clips or clothespins to the string.
  • Hang your poster or photos from the clips.
    • Pro Tip: You can remove the suction cups using a hard plastic card.

Step 5

Paper Clips and Magnets

  • Before taping the paper clips to the wall, make sure the surface is smooth, clean, and dry and the paint is fully cured.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Measure your poster size.
  • Tape two paper clips just below the blue tape line, two inches narrower than the poster measures, using blue painter’s tape.
  • Hold your poster over the paper clips and place the magnets on the front of your poster, magnetically attaching to the paper clips.

Step 6

3M Command Velcro

  • Before applying 3M Command Velcro make sure the surface is smooth, clean and dry, and the paint fully cured.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Place your poster face down on a clean flat surface.
  • Press four pairs of 3M Command Velcro strips together
  • Peel the protective strip off and stick them in each corner of the back of your poster.
  • First, stick the left corner to the wall just below the blue tape line. While still holding a poster, stick the right corner.
  • Pull down slightly on the corners of the poster and stick it to the wall one corner at a time, avoiding any ripples or creases in the poster.

Step 7

Nano Tape

  • This tape is great for heavier framed pictures.
  • Stick a piece of blue painter’s tape to the wall to mark where the top of your poster will be. Level the tape with a bubble level.
  • Place your picture frame faces down on a clean flat surface.
  • Cut two six- to eight-inch pieces of Nano Tape and stick on the top and bottom of the back of your frame.
  • Peel the protective strip off the two pieces of tape.
  • Stick the top of the frame to the wall just below the blue tape line, then stink the bottom to the wall, pressing firmly on the frame.
    • Pro tip: To remove the tape, slowly peel one corner then pulling it on an angle. Do not tear off the tape violently.