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How to hang posters without damaging the walls or poster

  • Dec 1, 2023

hanging posters without wall damage

Decorating your space with posters is an excellent way to express your personality, but it's essential to do it right to avoid damaging your walls. There are lots of (online) businesses that sell posters. They quite often offer a framing service or you can frame them yourself at home. When you have acquired your posters now comes the next challenge; hanging your poster.

In this guide, we'll explore common mistakes to avoid, what materials not to use, five effective ways to hang posters without causing damage, how to choose the right hanging method, and the benefits of using STAS hanging systems.


Common Mistakes When Hanging a Poster

Hanging a picture incorrectly can inadvertently lead to damage to both the wall and the poster frame itself. We'll outline some of the most common mistakes when hanging a poster.

1. Inadequate Hardware: One common error is using inadequate hanging hardware, such as flimsy nails or hooks not designed to support the weight of the poster. Using appropriate hanging hardware that can support the weight of the poster is a must when hanging a poster without damage.

2. Poor Hanging Height: Ignoring the correct hanging height may lead to uneven arrangements and potential wall damage. Estimate the weight of your poster and frame and choose your hanging hardware accordingly.

3. Adhesive Overuse: Relying too heavily on cheap tape or incorrect double-sided tape can result in sticky residues on the wall, or even worse, posters and frames falling down.

What Not to Use

We would strongly advise you to skip the use of adhesive tapes when hanging a framed poster. The installation of adhesive tapes is tricky and mistakes are easily made. You'll have to take into consideration that prepping your wall before attaching adhesive tapes is a must to remove grease and dirt. Moreover, lots of people have experienced their framed poster to fall broken on the ground after using adhesive tapes.

5 Ways to Hang Posters Without Damage

Luckily there are ways to hang posters without damage to your wall. We'll walk you through 5 different ways to hang your poster without damage.

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STAS hanging systems

The most convenient way to hang your framed posters is by using a STAS hanging system. After the installation of the rail system, you'll never have to drill or cause any other kind of damage to your wall. The hanging system allows you to hang your framed poster by means of a cord that you hook in the rail. By sliding a hook over the cord to the desired height you'll be able to hang your framed picture in no time!

This handy hanging system also allows you to make changes to your wall décor very easily. Do you want to change your decoration? Easy! Not satisfied with the position of your poster? Done! Change whatever and whenever you like and add other pieces of decoration and make a nice wall collage!

Picture frame shelf - picture ledges

A picture frame shelf is an excellent way to display your posters without wall damage. Simply put the framed poster on top of your shelf and decorate accordingly with other framed posters, trinkets, vases, or other decorations.

Washi tape

Washi tape is a colorful and creative way to hang posters without damage. Washi tape is a very light type of adhesive tape but in lots of bright colors and designs. An unframed poster can be perfectly hung with washi tape. Use the tape to hang your posters or use the tape to make a nice frame around your poster on the wall. Since washi tape comes in a million colors and designs there is always something that fits in your interior.

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Molding hooks

If you are lucky enough to have beautiful traditional picture molding in your home using molding hooks is an easy way to hang your posters. Molding hooks can be slid over the picture molding and with cords with loop and a hook that you slide over the cord you'll be able to hang your framed poster without any wall damage! Our molding hooks come in different colors and designs so there's plenty to choose from that fits your interior needs.

Magnetic hanging

Hanging a poster on a steel wall or steel cabinet without damaging it? You can with magnetic picture hangers! Easily hang the magnetic picture hook on a steel wall or cabinet and hang your framed poster on the hook. Easy does it!

How to Choose the Right Poster Hanging Method

When selecting the ideal method for hanging your posters, several key factors come into play, ensuring both an aesthetically pleasing and wall-friendly display.

Wall Type

Consider the surface you'll be working with. Different hanging methods may be more suitable for drywall, plaster, or brick. Understanding your wall type helps in choosing the right hardware that won't cause unnecessary damage.

Poster Material

The material of your poster matters. Lightweight materials may fare well with gentler adhesives such as washi tapes, while heavier or more delicate posters might require sturdier hanging solutions like hanging systems or magnetic options.

Weight

Always be mindful of the weight of your poster. Ensure that the chosen hanging method can adequately support it. Washi tapes are excellent for lighter posters, while picture hanging systems may be better suited for heavier ones.

Removability

Consider how easily you want to remove or change your posters. If you prefer a flexible and damage-free option, picture hanging systems are designed for a flexible change of wall décor.

Sustainability

If environmental impact is a concern, opt for sustainable hanging methods. Look for eco-friendly washi tapes or picture hanging systems that last a lifetime in order to minimize waste. Choosing sustainable options aligns with a conscientious approach to both your wall decor and the environment.


By assessing your wall type, the nature of your poster, its weight, the desired removability, and sustainability, you can make an informed decision on the best hanging method, ensuring a secure and visually appealing presentation while preserving the integrity of your walls.

Benefits of STAS Hanging Systems for Hanging Posters

STAS hanging systems offer a range of benefits that make them an excellent choice for displaying posters.

  • Flexibility: One notable advantage is the flexibility they provide. The systems allow for easy adjustment and rearrangement of posters without the need for nails or tape, preserving the integrity of your walls.
  • Excellent weight support: STAS systems are also designed to accommodate various poster weights, ensuring a secure and reliable hold for both lightweight and heavier prints.
  • Modern design: The sleek and minimalist design of STAS systems adds a touch of sophistication to your poster display, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of your space.
  • Durability: Additionally, STAS hanging systems are known for their durability, providing a long-lasting solution for showcasing your poster collection. With these systems, you can create dynamic and visually pleasing arrangements while maintaining the versatility to change your display at any time.

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