How can you hang a painting without drilling? This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the world of interior design and styling. Wall art is an absolute must-have at home. This can be a painting, but also frames with posters or prints, or just photo frames. If you have a concrete wall or a plasterboard wall, drilling into the wall is the easiest way. Do you have a wooden wall, MDF or plywood? Then you could also use nails or screw hooks.
The big disadvantage of drills and nails is that you get holes in the wall. The more paintings you want to hang, the more holes. So this can be one thing when making a wall collage from frames . In many cases this is not ideal. Firstly, it is not a nice idea to drill holes in your new tight wall. In addition, you may plan to change the arrangement of the paintings and frames regularly, so that the holes can become visible. And that’s the last thing you want.
Do you want to hang a frame or painting without drilling? We have listed 5 alternatives for you!
1. Self-adhesive strips
Self-adhesive strips are a type of double-sided tape with velcro that you can simply stick to the wall. This can be a smooth plastered wall, a papered wall, but also, for example, on tiles in the bathroom or even on a window. It is important to first make both the wall and the frame dust-free with a cloth. Then stick the self-adhesive strips to the back of the frame. Two strips are sufficient, one on the top and one on the bottom. Then you can stick the frame on the wall at the desired location. The maximum carrying capacity of a small strip is 1KG and that of a large strip is 2KG. The Teva self-adhesive strips are available here .
2. Adhesive screws
In addition to self-adhesive strips, adhesive screws are also available, which are super popular as an alternative to hanging a painting without drilling. They are also referred to as adhesive hooks or adhesive nails. The big advantage of these adhesive screws is that you can hang heavier paintings and frames. Thanks to special technologies, the adhesive screws from Tesa allow you to hang up to 10 kg per screw, on both smooth and rough surfaces. Click here to view the different variants.
3. Picture hanging rails
Picture hanging rails are also very popular. These are rail systems that you mount at the top of the wall, against the ceiling. You can hang wires from this, on which several paintings and frames can be hung.
Note that you have two variants. You have hanging rails that you still have to screw into the wall or ceiling. The advantage of these types of systems compared to ‘normal’ drilling in the wall or nails is that you only need to drill twice to hang more than two paintings or frames. And what is also handy is that you can adjust the positions by sliding the wires.
You also have picture hanging rails that you can glue to the wall or ceiling, such as the ArtiTeq Contour Rail . You could use the PATTEX No nails & screws mounting kit for this. What’s very nice is that you can paint these suspension rails with the same color as the wall, so that the rails will stand out even less.
4. On the decorative frame
Decorative moldings give an interior a lot of character, just like many other authentic details. Besides being very decorative and graceful, you can also use them in a fun way, so that you can hang a painting without drilling. Not with a hanging system, but simply with a simple string or transparent fishing line with a hook! Don’t have any moldings? Maybe it’s time to make a decorative frame. This is not only a great idea for characteristic and classic interiors, you can also make beautiful moldings for sleek modern interiors.
5. Painting shelf
Picture shelves are the ideal solution for many. These are narrow shelves that you can mount to the wall, on which several paintings and frames can be placed. These are available in different sizes, colors and materials. The wider the painting shelf, the more frames you can place on it. Normally these picture boards are screwed to the wall. But you could actually glue this very well with the same PATTEX No nails & screws mounting kit. This is because it is strong enough. Here you will find various painting shelves from IKEA.
6. On the side table
A side table is a narrow high table that you often find in the hall. Practical items such as keys and money can be placed on it, but almost never without decoration. Think of beautiful books, vases, nice plants, you name it. You could therefore also place a painting or a large frame on it. Since you are not going to hang it on the wall, you do not have to drill holes.
7. On the mantelpiece
Do you have a fireplace in the living room, bedroom, bathroom or children’s room? Great, because that is also a good and fun place to place a painting, a large frame or several small photo frames. A large mirror on the mantelpiece is very popular, but these can also be the objects mentioned above. And here too, of course, you don’t have to drill into the wall.
8. On the cupboard
In contrast to a sidetable or a fireplace, which not everyone has at home, everyone has a cupboard at home. This can be the TV cabinet, a wall cupboard in the kitchen or a chest of drawers in the bedroom. All these cabinets require a cry to be decorated in a fun way. Do you have multiple cabinets? Then you can alternate everything every now and then. So do it!
9. On the kitchen worktop
It is not often that people place a painting or a large frame on the kitchen worktop. You want to keep the kitchen worktop as free as possible as a workspace. But if your kitchen consists of several cabinets, and you have enough work space, it can be very nice to place a beautiful painting on the kitchen worktop. Place it against the wall on the kitchen counter, so that you do not have to drill into the sleek kitchen back wall.
10. On stacks of books
Are you a real bookworm, because you like to read or just because you are a collector? Instead of putting the books on the shelf, it is also a really nice idea to create piles of books on the floor. And you can use those piles of books as a kind of cupboard or side table, where you can place paintings and frames. Isn’t that a great idea !?
11. On a wall
Have you ever thought about creating a wall? Behind the couch in the living room or a wall behind the bed ? Not only does this look super fun, but it is also very practical. You can use the wall as a kind of side table or a bedside table, where you can place things. And we especially like it because you can decorate it in a very nice way! Plants, books, glass cloches, paintings, photo frames, you name it.
12. On the floor
We love studios and galleries, where artworks are often simply placed on the floor. Why couldn’t you do that at home? Just place the paintings on the floor against the wall. The interior below proves that this can be super fun! They did combine it with a painting shelf on the wall.