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what to use to hang things on dorm walls

simplywaiting10simplywaiting10 Registered User Posts: 23 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 Registered User Posts: 1,840 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 Registered User Posts: 867 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 Registered User Posts: 1,185 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 Registered User Posts: 2,170 Senior Member
    there is tacky poster stuff for posters better then tape.
  • musicallylatinmusicallylatin Registered User Posts: 3,814 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 Registered User Posts: 699 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 Registered User Posts: 5,966 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 Registered User Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    The 3M line of stuff is best.
  • user_007user_007 Registered User Posts: 366 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 Registered User Posts: 468 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 Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    whiteboard stickers. you may be able to find them at a crafts store.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,168 Senior Member
    Another vote for 3M Command hooks and strips.
  • CaillebotteCaillebotte Registered User Posts: 1,546 Senior Member
    3M command strips
  • mflevitymflevity Registered User Posts: 1,201 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 Registered User Posts: 8 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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