(Closed) hanging stuff up in apartments?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
13294 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes – usually when you leave, you have to spackle over all of the holes.  In my last apartment, you could do anything that two coats of paint would fix upon our departure.

Post # 4
7276 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It depends on what your lease says. All of mine have said I’m not allowed to put holes on the wall, however, there are ways around that. You can Spackle any holes you make like PP suggested or you can use those removable Velcro strips. I use the Velcro strips for everything and have never had a problem with them leaving marks on a wall.

Post # 5
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I always have. I just filled the holes afterward otherwise they would have charged me some fee to do it themselves.

I even hung stuff in my dorm room and that wasn’t allowed. At the end I had no time for spackle so I filled them with white toothpaste and you couldn’t even tell 😛

Post # 6
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

As a landlord I don’t mind if a person puts a few things on the wall… With in reason. I had someone who had 16 holes in my bathroom wall, and not little small hoes I mean big screws!  Personally in my own house I use command strips. They are strong and removable without ruining walls

Post # 7
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It should say in your lease. We are allowed to hang pictures, etc. but need to cover the holes with spackle and sand them down before we move.

Post # 8
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Firemansgirl:  in my apartment yes, our LL is not a jerk like that. I think a lot of LL’s where I live are pretty ok with that. We can even paint whatever color we want and are not obligated to paint it back to white.


I do think once you go into a more expensive area like Manhattan, there are more rules.

Post # 9
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@missstarling:  I agree. I think some people take advantage. As tenants, we are very considerate of what we use to put up a picture or a shelf.

Post # 10
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We’re allowed to! The only thing we aren’t allowed to do is hang our TV on the wall, which is fine with me. Our lease doesn’t even say we need to take care of the holes when we leave, but I probably will, because our landlord is awesome.

I use the velcro or 3M strips for a lot of stuff, even though we are allowed to make holes – it’s super easy and they still hold up just as well as a nail or picture hanger thing.

Post # 11
2418 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have stuff hanging on my walls and it is obvious that the person who lived there before me had stuff hanging on the walls as well and didn’t cover the holes. I will probably spackle all of them before I leave so I don’t lose my security deposit.

Post # 12
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I couldn’t, the apartment gave me some command strips when I moved in.


Post # 13
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes, I was going to suggest the command strips.  They work pretty well!

Post # 14
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you can’t I reccomaned command strips with one stipulation: If you live somewhere damp / humid they might fall. I lived in a basement apartment one year (it was so bad, avoid it if you can) and constatly had those things slip off my walls, so watch out if you’re hanging anything valuable/breakable.

Post # 15
16018 posts
Honey Beekeeper

You can also buy those speciality picture hanging hooks/nails that leave virtually no traces on the walls. I can’t remember the name of them, but we use them at our office and I’ve seen tons of them the framing sections at craft stores like Michael’s.

Post # 16
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@missstarling:  Be careful with those command strips.  I’ve had them rip chunks out of the wall upon removal!  I much prefer spackling over a nail hole, which is usually about the size of a pinhead.

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