4 Ways To Get Around Your Landlord’s ‘No Nails’ Policy

Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!

Does your landlord have one of those pesky ‘no nails’ policies? Or maybe you live in an old, character-filled house … which brick walls or old plaster you can’t puncture.

No matter your situation, Thalita of The Learner Observer is here to help with piles of great design ideas that don’t involve nails, screws, or crumbling walls.


Do you want to live in a cozy, interesting space that feels like your own? Of course you do!

But it’s pretty hard to do that when your landlord won’t let you put nails in the wall to hang things. Well, fret no more because I’m sharing the internet’s bestest with you today to help you hang artwork without causing any kind of damage to your walls!

4 ‘No Nails’ Decor Ideas

Washi Tape

Yes, it’s a completely overused and officially, just about everyone is sick of hearing the word “washi”, but that doesn’t take away its sheer awesomeness. After all, you can use to hang your art and make super cheap frames while you’re at it!
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!

You can mix and match, and if you ever get sick of one of your ‘frames,’ just peel the tape back and try another!

Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
And if you’re thinking “great, but I don’t have anything I can tape up to my walls”, then worry not. Just go ahead and make your own art out of the tape itself!
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
If you don’t happen to be as artistic as the genius who created these cranes, then how about a full tutorial for you?
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!

Command Strips

Another invention from the renting gods for us. If you’ve never tried these, they actually work, you guys. For real. You have to use them properly – meaning put the corresponding side on the wall, and when you go to remove, pull on the tab, keeping it as close to the wall as possible. No damage. Perfection! Kind of a great way to hang light artwork, like old maps – all while saving on frames!

Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!

And if you want to use Command hooks, not just the strips, you can hang frames without losing any sleep over the potential havoc being mad eon your walls. There will be no havoc.

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Lean It
If none of these options really seem that appealing to you and you’re looking for big, huge impact, well then find yourself some big art and just lean it on up – against the walls!
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
Large frames are not that hard to come by – have you EVER been to Ikea? So this is a cool and unusual way to showcase your artwork.
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
It doesn’t even have to be all that big – just think outside the box and remember that not all of your artwork has to be hanging neatly on the walls!
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!

Sticky Tack

Yes, that’s the scientific term. Seriously, though, go back to your good ol’ dorm days and start making little balls of sticky tack to put on the back of your…. photos! Yes, that’s right. JUST like in College! Except… way cooler…

Get really grown up about it and put it above your mantle. I mean, what’s more grown up than a big, impressive piece of art above your mantle?

Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
And if that’s not impressive enough, make your own wallpaper and scare the bejeezus out of your landlord!
Looking for no nails design ideas? Struggling with old plaster or brick walls? Click through for 4 great design ideas that don't involve nails or screws!
And there you have it. Now you have no excuse to have bare walls, and your landlord has no excuse to yell at you! It’s a major win-win.
How have you guys worked around a no-nail policy? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!

3 Comments

Carolyn Selheim-Miller

Command strips & hooks are seriously the best! I've actually swapped out some of the glass in my larger frames for plexi glass which is a lot lighter & it makes them easy to use with the command hooks.

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