What is the best way to hang wall decor in an RV or rental place when you can’t drill holes in the walls?
No matter if you are thinking about hanging decor in your RV or in your rental Apartment, you need to know these tips because you probably can’t or shouldn’t drill holes in the walls.
We have been trying to hang up decor and especially hooks in our Travel Trailer for years now, and somehow I wasn’t really lucky using command hooks.
That doesn’t really stop me from adding decor, but it can get pretty frustrating if your wall decor falls off ALL THE TIME!
Therefore I tried different ways I want to share with you now:
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Tip Number 1 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place
If you have very lightweight decor, and you don’t want to use tape because you are scared of ruining the wallpaper, then just use a thumbtack/pin and it will work easily.
This is the easiest way to hang wall art if it is not very heavy and has a band, ribbon, or chain attached to hang it.
But you should take the pin and the artwork down before you get back on the road. Because of the movement of the Camper, the decor will fall down. I use it only for one decor in my Camper and it doesn’t really bother me to take it down and put it up again.
I love using these magnetic frames, so easy to use and I can exchange all my artwork and printables/quotes easily. And I think it looks so cute.
If you are in a rental house or apartment this is a great option because it doesn’t leave any holes or marks on the walls when you remove them.
Tip 2 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place / Museum Putty
I just recently bought another stack of museum putty or sticky tack/mounting putty (they go with different names) and I love the ease of hanging stuff on walls.
If you have artwork in a lightweight frame, I like to use museum putty because you don’t need any kind of tools.
How to use museum putty:
Rip off a decent size piece of putty and roll it in your hands to warm it up. The putty has to be warmed up before it actually sticks, so just roll it and squeeze it with your fingers.
As soon as it is warmed up either stick a piece of the putty on all 4 corners of your frame or stick a line on the top and bottom of the frame. Make sure the putty sticks well onto the frame.
Now mark your wall with a pencil to have your frame leveled and then stick the frame on the wall. Make sure to put pressure on the frame for at least 30 seconds. It holds up pretty amazing just like this. And it will definitely work very well if you don’t go into extreme temperatures.
I keep my artwork up on the walls in the RV, no need to remove it. If you do want to take it down though, just move it a little bit up and down and the putty will come off easily. No need for any kind of tool or a lot of strength. Just wiggle it a little bit and the frame will come off.
And you can reuse the putty again. Just make sure to warm it up before you stick it on something else again.
Often I just lean my frames on a shelf and secure it with the museum putty, so it won’t move. If you remove the glass from the frame, there is no issue at all.
For lightweight decor use push pins – they will make tiny holes but nothing to be concerned about.
Another great option is to use NANO – tape. It holds up great and won’t leave any residue when you take it off the walls.
Tip 3 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place / Washi tape
Wanna be very creative?
If you want to hang up a lot of pictures, printouts or photos, and you want to create some kind of artwork with all of your photos, use masking tape or washi tape. There are so many different patterns available with which you can make a really cool-looking wall.
And you can remove the tape without ruining the paint or wallpaper, so it is very safe to use in a rental place.
Here is just a small collection of all of my different washi tapes. They stick pretty well and you can easily remove them and place them somewhere else.
Tip 4 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place / decor stacking
Do you have a lot of wall decor you want to display?
I love all of my wall art. I have a lot of framed posters, photographs, and prints. And I want to showcase them because they are so cute.
Therefore I have a dedicated shelf where I can stack many of my pictures. And it is easy to replace and exchange some of the posters or frames depending on my theme, season, or special occasion.
Unfortunately, you have to remove all of this decor when you are driving in your RV. The lightweight posters are easily secured with the museum putty, but I wouldn’t take a chance on the heavy framed pictures. Especially if you have frames with glass which I hope you don’t.
Adding a floating shelf – if you can – is a great option to display all of your wall art very easily. And you can exchange it all the time without adding additional hooks or holes.
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Tip 5 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place / velcro
Use velcro strips
So that leaves another option if you want to hang some heavier pictures in your RV or Apartment. If you don’t want to put your artwork on a shelf but rather hang it up securely, use velcro strips.
But do these steps before you get crazy because otherwise, the hooks will fall off all the time:
- Use alcohol to clean the spot on your wall, where you want to hang it up. Just be careful that the alcohol doesn’t take off the wall paint.
- Use alcohol to clean the part of the frame where you want to attach the counter velcro strip.
- Use a level and mark the spot where you want to hang the artwork.
- Apply one piece of the velcro on the wall.
- Apply the opposite piece of the velcro on the back of the frame.
- Press on it for at least 30 to 60 seconds.
Here you can see the picture with velcro strips on each corner. Now attach the opposite velcro with adhesive backing on the wall and hold it for at least 30 seconds.
An easier way to attach the velcros to the frame is to stick both pieces already locked to the frame, and then just press the whole frame on the wall for at least 30 seconds. Depending on how heavy your frame is, you might want to use additional glue, like a drop of super glue.
Adding decals on your walls
If you want to add a little decor and don’t want to mess around with velcro or command hooks, nails and screws just add some decals. Here are my favorites:
For the shelves and artwork you want to keep on the wall while driving, just add a couple of drops of superglue on the backside of the velcro to make it more secure. Also, use more than just four velcro strips if the piece is heavier.
Tip 6 – 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place / command hooks
Another option to hang heavier pieces is to use heavy-duty command hooks. I was lucky a couple of times to keep them stay on my wall, but I was also not so lucky using them. But it is all about how you prepare the wall before you attach them.
How to prepare the wall:
- Use alcohol to clean the spot where you want to hang it up. Just be careful that the alcohol doesn’t take off the wall paint.
- Attach the hook and press on it for at least 30 seconds and let it sit for a couple of hours before attaching to it. Best way to leave it adhere over night before attaching anything.
If this doesn’t work for you, you might want to try the hanging nails. They don’t make huge holes and don’t need a stud to support them. Before using these nails, check the recommended weight to be sure you are not damaging anything.
There are many different kinds of wall hooks available:
There are all sorts of different kinds of wall hooks available. But no matter which one you are using, you have to prepare the wall before you apply it. This will make sure that it actually sticks to the wall.
Here are some different kinds of hooks you can use depending on the weight you want to hang up:
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Tip 7 – my favorite tip:
This is my favorite idea to hang decor in an RV or Rental place:
Get a pegboard, secure it with heavy-duty hooks and you can add all your favorite items on the pegboard. And it really looks stunning especially in the bathroom with all the towels and nicknacks you don’t have space to store but need.
For very heavy decor or hooks, use hollow door anchors. They are shorter than standard anchors and therefor safe to use on RV walls.
Another good option is the drywall anchors that work well in an RV.
Summary of 7 Best ways to hang wall decor easy in an RV or rental place
Yes, you can hang decor in an RV and in a rental Apartment or House. No need to stress over drilling holes in a wall. Therefore I have tried all these tips and they definitely work if you do the prep before adding. No matter what you decide on using, whether it is the velcro, the putty or the hooks, do the prep work before.
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