How to Hang Picture Without Nails

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Put away that hammer and those nails! In this post we are going to show you 5 great ways to hang pictures without nails, so you can keep your walls looking pristine.


If you're reading this blog post, you've probably realized that using a hammer and nails is not a sustainable solution for hanging your pictures inside your home. Not only do nails leave unsightly holes in your walls, they require you to repeatedly patch, sand and paint every-time you want to change your pictures around. Let's look at other alternatives.



Using Picture Hanging Strips

Picture hanging strips are a great option for hanging pictures without nails. They simply use a velcro system to attach your picture frames to the wall. One side of the strip is taped to your picture frame, while the other is placed on the wall. The frame is then fastened to both sides with velcro.


Picture hanging strips stick to most surfaces including: plaster, drywall, wood, glass, painted or smooth cinder-block and metal. They are very easy to use and install, and relatively inexpensive, although more expensive than nails! Finally, and very importantly, these nailless picture hangers do not cause wall-damage.


Picture hanging strips don't work on brick, wallpaper or sunlight-exposed glass. They are not ideal for heavy frames, and if not properly installed, your pictures may detach, fall to the ground and break. Hanging strips are also single-use only.


AS Hanging rail track or picture rail

A rail track with hanging cables offers a no-nails picture hanging solution that is both flexible and sustainable. Pictures or paintings are attached to a metal cable that is hung from a rail mounted on the wall, allowing you to effortlessly adjust the height and position of your frames. It also provides a stylish and elegant design to your space. See our all-in-one click rail cable hanging kit, and get started!


Rail tracks make it really easy to replace your picture frames, or change their disposition whenever you like. You just slide the cable on the rail, and voilà! And most importantly, they leave no damage at all on your walls. They're perfect for schools, cafés, art galleries, museums and stylish homes.


Installing rails is easy with our installation guides.  Watch this video on how to install rail tracks. Rail tracks require some tools for installation: a cordless drill, a step ladder, a spirit level, a pencil, wall anchors and screws. Also, it is a bit more expensive than simple picture hanging strips.

"AS Hanging rail tracks with hanging cables offer a no-nails picture hanging solution that is both flexible and sustainable [...] It also provides a stylish and elegant design to your space.."

Using Adhesive Hooks

Adhesive wall hooks can be a good option for hanging wall art and pictures.  The hooks are designed to stick to the wall using an adhesive strip. You can then hang your picture frames by placing your frame wire around the hook.  Wall hooks can also hang a variety of other items like hair-dryers or other electrical appliances.


The big advantage of using adhesive hooks is that they don't require the use of any tools or equipment. They are therefore really easy to install. Also, they don't create any blemishes on your wall when it comes time to remove them.


It is not recommended to use hooks for anything heavier than 5 pounds, since the hooks are simply held by adhesive strips. Forget about hanging heavy frames, paintings or mirrors. Also, adhesive hooks don't stick well on brick, textured walls or even wallpaper.

Picture Hanging String or Wire

A great option for hanging multiple pictures on the wall is to install a picture hanging string. This is done by attaching a string or wire across your wall while attaching your pictures using paper clips or clothespins. You can purchase all the required items at your local stationary store.


Depending on the context, hanging strings can be a good hanging option, with a great DIY look. They're ideal for hanging light photos, birthday cards or children's art, and obviously they are affordable!


The disadvantage of hanging strings, like many other hanging options, is that they puncture since they require the use of nails, pins or hooks. Also, picture strings can't be used to hang anything heavier than paper cards or pictures.

Hanging pictures with tape

One of the easiest options for hanging pictures or frames on the wall is to use a double sided foam tape. Several brands offer it, most of them supporting pictures of up to 2 pounds. It's important to thoroughly clean your wall surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol before installing.


Double-sided tape is inexpensive, easy to install and ideal for hanging really light posters, pictures frames or paintings.


Hanging pictures with tape can leave a small trace or residue once removed from the wall, particularly on painted surfaces, some plastics or wood. Therefore, this is not a sustainable solution, as it can only be used once.

Our conclusion

So what's the best way to hang a picture without nails? The ideal solutions depends on the different size and weight of your pictures frames. Use your judgment to determine which hanging kit best suits your needs.

If you are wondering how to hang a heavy picture without nails, the safest and most sustainable solution is to install AS Hangings Rail Tracks. Not only is this the ultimate option for hanging heavy pictures without nails, but it provides your space with an elegant and stylish design that is sure to capture the attention of your esteemed guests.

If on the other hand you are looking for a quicker and easier solution, hanging strips, tape, adhesive hooks or strings are all good options for your home improvement needs!

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