Apartment living and bare walls…

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I nailed stuff anyway, but with those small tack nails.  I bought plain white toothpaste when I moved out and “patched” the holes myself.  It only works on the little nails though, so maybe just hang some lighter frames or posters, just to liven it up a bit.

Post # 4
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We hang stuff and just fill it in before we move out!

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Haruyou:  i saw a commercial for Command Picture Hanging strips by 3M and they got good reviews

Post # 6
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve always just hung stuff anyways and filled it before I left.  I’ve used toothpaste to fill, and in my old place that already had kida spotty walls I got a little thing of cream paint and filled them in. 

Those 3M hooks are good for small stuff but I’ve never had luck long term with heavy stuff.  I had a big bulletin board in my college dorm that was good for like 3 months, them one day came crashing down on my head.  So I don’t trust those temporary hangers anymore.

Post # 8
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I’ve used the Command by 3M and they worked but a word of caution…be very very careful when removing them. They show on TV you just pull the little tab and they come off right? Well pull down on the tab very slowly. One that I did I pulled on the tab and it snapped right off in my hand while the hanging portion still stuck to the wall…it ended up ripping off a whole layer of the drywall! Much worse than filling in a tiny nail hole. I am very cautious with them now. Thankfully we are not reuqired to use something like that…I just thought they would be nice/easy to use. My last place allowed any holes in the wall smaller than a quarter. My current place also has similar rules, so I mainly used small nails for everything but a few things are screwed in, I’ll just fill the holes when I move out with spackle.

Post # 9
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used the picture hanging strips in my last apartment and they worked great! I hung big pictures with them, although they were just canvases with no frame or glass, so not super heavy.

Post # 10
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Haruyou:  If you fill the holes before you leave you are good. Just pick up some putty at a hardware store and you are good to go.

I would be really surprised if your lease actually says no hanging anything anywhere! Decor is necessary for survival!!!

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Haruyou:  Command strips. Seriously. We have a painting in a museum-quality frame hanging behind out couch. I think it’s 10-15lbs? Totally secure.

Any of the command products are amazing.

Or you can use nails, and get one of those dry wall repair sticks when you move out! (it fills in the holes and primes over them)

Post # 12
2741 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Haruyou:  We live in an apartment too and we have lots of stuff on the walls. I agree with PP, just use those small tack-like nails, not big thick ones. We have a couple smaller things hanging up with Command hooks, and they work well. We did have one give out and fall, but we have carpet, so it didn’t break or anything and we just put a new strip and hook up there and it hasn’t fallen again.

Post # 13
7929 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m pretty sure Command products go higher than 7lbs. My mom has some pretty intense mirror hung with them at her place.


ETA: she may be using multiple, too, so you could try that. Also, white toothpaste works well as a patch for nail holes.




Post # 14
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You can fill the small holes with bar soap if you go the nail/screw route, but I swear by those command strips too!

Post # 15
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can put fabric on your walls like wallpaper. You use starch to stick it to the walls. I did this at several apartments. When you move you just pull it off and it leaves no damage. You just wash the wall to get the starch off. There are tons of tutorials on pinterest about it.

Post # 16
1327 posts
Bumble bee

I act like I’m still a university student – I tape stuff to my walls. 😛  I have a nail polish rack that I would really, really like to hang, but I don’t think I will while I’m still renting – that thing gets heavy when it’s loaded and a thin, little pin won’t work!

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