Many people struggle with decorating their home, apartment, bedroom or workspace without causing damage to the walls. When it’s time to move, blemishes may need to be repaired or become an eyesore. There are a few things that need to be considered when decorating any space.
I like to start by considering if the decoration is seasonal or a permanent addition. For long term decore or space-saving implements like shelving, sturdiness is a priority over being easily removed. That means using screws, nails or other permanent anchors that support a good amount of weight. Seasonal and holiday decor, on the other hand, should use suction hooks or removable adhesive to make rearranging the house easier throughout the year.
Temporary and Removable
The do’s and don’ts of wall mounting changes depending on if you own or rent. Homeowners have much more flexibility with things like mounting televisions or installing shelving compared to people who rent. Renters often have a 6-month or yearly lease, meaning it’s up to the renter or landlord to repair any holes or paint damage that’s left behind before the next residents move in. The best way to avoid repairs or a hit to your security deposit is to make as little holes as possible when hanging things around the house. If you can avoid making holes in the walls by following some of these insightful tips for renters compiled by ForRent, I can almost guarantee you’ll be better off for it. I myself have been guilty of using double-sided tape and thumbtacks around the house, which I’ll undoubtedly be kicking myself for once it’s time to move again.
Luckily, I’ve learned some hacks along the way that will prevent making the same mistakes in the future. For seasonal decorations like string lights and stockings that are often spread throughout the house during the holidays, I prefer to use suction or surface hooks. The great thing about these is that you can remove and move them around every day if you want without worrying about damages. You do have to be a bit more creative when it comes to placing decor throughout the house but that’s become part of the fun of finding the perfect spot for each addition.
You do have to be a bit more creative when it comes to placing decor throughout the house but that’s become part of the fun of finding the perfect spot for each addition. Another approach is to avoid hanging things altogether if possible. Instead, try stringing lights across countertops, draping hanging decor over banisters and utilizing any unused countertops or shelving.
Stability and Protection
There are times when stability is a priority and making that dreaded hole in the wall is necessary. After all, it’s tough to support things like shelves and TVs with suction cups. The important thing to remember if you find yourself in this situation is to know what you’re doing and to make it count. That means knowing where the studs are in the wall or how to find them, as well as using the appropriate screws or drill bits so that you don’t have to create additional holes in another spot. If the furnishings that you’re trying to mount do not come with fasteners, contacting a local hardware store may prevent you from making a mistake during installation.
If you find yourself with holes that you need to cover or repair, there are also things that you can do to repair them and prevent further damage. For example, entry doors can easily cause scuffs and holes in the wall if you’re not careful. As a precaution or to repair existing damage, wall protectors are a great option, along with door stops that will keep your walls protected. Another benefit of using these adhesives and screw-in stops is that once they’re on, there should be no reason to remove or adjust them down the line as long as they are installed properly.
If you take anything away from this article, I hope that it’s to take a moment to consider the best method to mount your latest interior design extravaganza. Many of what we touched on is obvious if you take the time to think about it. It can be easy to grab a hammer and nail for a project but that may not be the best option, just the most convenient.
We’d love to know what you use to mount holiday decor or your most recent attempt to shake things up in your home!