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what to use to hang things on dorm walls

simplywaiting10simplywaiting10 Posts: 23Registered User New Member
edited May 2012 in College Life
Most dorms don't allow us to put holes in the walls, so what am I supposed to use to hang things on my walls?

Tape will be strong enough for pictures and posters, but what about a dry-erase or corkboard, or one of those big calendar planners?

What do you guys use that works well, and keeps things on the walls for the whole school year?
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Replies to: what to use to hang things on dorm walls

  • excelblueexcelblue Posts: 1,840Registered User Senior Member
    Most dorms will have some type of corkboard to allow you to attach things.

    However, just in case your dorms don't have those: use "imagination." That is, get creative about not having to hang things on walls, and if it's unnecessary, just imagine something's there instead of actually having something.

    I've lived two semesters in a dorm and a year in an apartment. In all this time, I haven't had the need to hang anything!
  • AtomicCafeAtomicCafe Posts: 867Registered User Member
    I had a roommate who hung her corkboard up with those strong poster tape things. They have pulley tabs and a double-sided sticky surface. One issue with them: while they come off cement walls perfectly fine, they completely massacre everything else. My side of the room was safe since I had cement, but her side ended up with gaping holes at the end of the year.
  • somnisomni Posts: 1,185Registered User Senior Member
    I hung paintings using those 3M hooks. They are strong enough to hold things up the entire year and peel off really easily
  • icedragonicedragon Posts: 2,170Registered User Senior Member
    there is tacky poster stuff for posters better then tape.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Posts: 3,814Registered User Senior Member
    I use the 3M velcro. Attach half of it to your poster/board/etc. and then the other to the wall and they peel off of both easily. Sticky tack, you know what your third grade teacher used, works great for lesser weight things as well.
  • _Silence_Silence Posts: 699Registered User Member
    mounting tape works very well. I used it mainly for posters because they wouldn't stay up otherwise, but it also works for dry erase boards and such.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Posts: 5,966Registered User Senior Member
    3M hooks and tape. I also had to use gorilla tape for a few things last year, but you have to be careful with that stuff as it REALLY doesn't like to come off. It will, but whatever you put it on needs to be strong or else something you don't mind throwing away at the end of the year.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    The 3M line of stuff is best.
  • user_007user_007 Posts: 366Registered User Member
    Hmm...I made use of the cork strip in our room last year for a lot.

    A lot of people did damage to their walls with double-sided tape...peeled the paint right off. We had a fun time spackling and painting those areas of the walls before we left...better than paying the damage fee.
  • aphoticmelodyaphoticmelody Posts: 468Registered User Member
    Use the 3M line - not the off brands, those are the ones that tend to tear up your walls.

    Also, funtack (that blue stuff) is pretty awesome too.
  • ^_^ v_v^_^ v_v Posts: 572Registered User Member
    whiteboard stickers. you may be able to find them at a crafts store.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,865Registered User Senior Member
    Another vote for 3M Command hooks and strips.
  • CaillebotteCaillebotte Posts: 1,546Registered User Senior Member
    3M command strips
  • mflevitymflevity Posts: 1,201Registered User Senior Member
    COMMAND STRIPS! Just make sure that the non-sticky tab part is reachable (you shouldn't have to peel away the item from the wall in order to get to it--that's how I messed up my wall) and that you pull straight in the direction of the tab when removing them.
  • 3CatsandaDog3CatsandaDog Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    Hi, Son on opposite coast is checking out of freshman dorm on his own. Most of his posters came down ok (he used 3M tape and stick-ups). But in two places, it pulled the paint off. Any suggestions for a quick fix, or some way to make it look better?
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