Building & Renovating

How To Work With Adhesive Hooks Without Ruining Your Walls

Get started on your DIY project ASAP with these helpful tips

Photography: Livinator (Main Photo)

Do you want to display knickknacks or create an interesting feature in your home but you're second-guessing about drilling holes into the walls? You no longer have to worry—that's what adhesive hooks are for!

Get creative and start hanging wall art just by using these and your favorite statement pieces (especially handy if you're renting!). To help guide you through the process, homeowner and interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila shares her top tips. Check them out below: 

1. Hang light. 

"Using adhesives, you can display almost any type of wall art that has a backing or a frame. This includes lightweight artwork, small wood pieces, ceramic plates, trays and metal coasters—nothing to heavy," says Vera. "Most brands of adhesives indicate the weight they can carry on their packaging. Always follow instructions on how to use the adhesive and take note of its load limit." 

2. Use the right kind of hook. 

"For wood or anything with a frame or at least a three-fourths-inch backing, you can use a sawtooth hanger with nails or screws. For decorative plates, Epoxy is a good option for attaching the hanger to the backside. Again, follow package instructions and let the adhesive dry completely for 24 hours." 

3. Go for "damage-free" products. 

Vera swears by adhesives labeled "damage-free" because not only are they beginner-friendly; they're almost foolproof, too. "If you make mistakes in positioning your artwork, you can remove the adhesive hook without damaging your wall. These products are also reusable, as long as you remove the sticky part correctly. Just remember to remove the adhesive gently. Doing it hastily can still destroy the paint on your wall," she says.

4. Keep them in place. 

"Use Blu-tack or any similar product for the sides of your artwork so that it stays in place when you install it. That way, it won't create scratches on your wall."

This snippet originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by Livinator

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