Command Hooks: A Renter’s Best Friend

***Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just happen to love Command products and I wanted to share these ideas with my readers. All opinions stated here are my own unless otherwise denoted.

So many things are off-limits to a renter. In my last post, I talked about how to combat a lease that doesn’t allow paint. But what about one that doesn’t allow nails for hanging decorative items on your walls?

Here is the perfect solution: Command Hooks & Strips

Those versatile little inventions are perfect for renters that like to decorate but don’t like to pay for damages later.

I like Command strips because they’re really strong, and they don’t get me in trouble with my landlord.

–Sara Bechtel, 21

The products are so easy to use as well. There are no special tools or products needed. Simply buy the Command products and follow these instructions.

To Apply:

  1. Peel the red printed liner off.
  2. Apply the strip to the back of the hook.
  3. Peel off black printed liner.
  4. Press hook against the wall.
  5. Hold firmly for 3 seconds.

To Remove:

  1. Grasp the hook.
  2. Pull to stretch the Command strip straight down.

Here is a video to show the process.

Command Hooks are perfect for hanging:

  • photo frames
  • shelving
  • curtains
  • over-the-door items
  • kitchen utensils

& so much more!

Command Strip/Hook Inspiration:

Make a Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

Rachael from House of Noise used Command picture hanging strips to hang her gallery wall with much less effort (and no holes) compared to the traditional hammer and nail method.


 

Make Light Designs

christmas tree

Jamie Dorobek from C.R.A.F.T. used Command outdoor light strips to create this Christmas tree design on her garage door. To try this yourself, check out the tutorial on her blog.


 

 

Keep electrical cords from interfering with decor

cords

Cassie from Hi, Sugarplum uses clear hooks from Command to attach her lamp cords to her end tables to keep the mess off of the floor and let her decor be the center of attention.


 

There are too many brilliant ways that people have come up with to use these products. I don’t have enough time or space to show you them all, but I found my inspiration on Pinterest, and I encourage you too look there as well.

If you follow the link to this infographic that I created, you will find extra information about Command products. The interactive graphic contains each type of Command Hook and Strip, its purpose, and its weight limit. Just click on the type of hook you think you will need, and the bar graph at the bottom will automatically be sorted to show you the weight limit of each product listed.

Use the info graphic as a planner for which products you will need to complete your next project. If it’s helpful to you, don’t forget to leave a comment here to let me know!

Although Command products are versatile and don’t cause damage to surfaces, there is one major flaw most people seem to agree on.

“I think Command products are great for hanging my photos. I love that they don’t cause any damage to my walls, but sometimes I choose not to use them. It gets a little pricey if I try to buy them for all of my pictures.”

— Diana Cross, 49

The cost efficiency of Command brand products can definitely be somewhat questionable. Other brands have similar products, and I imagine they would work in the same ways. However, because I haven’t tried them, I can’t say for certain that they are damage-free. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on brands that may rival Command’s products!

Would you like to share any creative ways you’ve use Command strips or hooks? I’m excited for new ideas.

Thanks for reading!

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Wall Treatments Brighten Drab White Walls

One major problem that’s faced by renters is the inability to paint apartment walls. There is a “no painting” clause in many lease agreements, and it leaves apartments lacking character.

Being a new renter myself, I have learned to deal with the boring plain white walls that I’ve come to accept as part of renting an apartment.

Recently, however, I ran across many different options for adding a little pizazz to white walls, and I’d like to share my findings with you.

Different methods of covering walls use decals, removable wallpaper or fabric.

Decals

The easiest and most common way of adding temporary decoration to a wall is by using decals. The decals are typically made of vinyl that clings to the wall while remaining repositionable and removable without causing damage. There are many places to find wall decals, but to spark inspiration, Babble put together this list of 25 Stunning Wall Decals From Etsy.


 

Removable Wallpaper

This option is perfect for covering large areas without much effort. There’s no messy wallpaper glue to deal with, and if you decide you don’t like it, there’s no bothersome removal process.

Why does anybody use actual wallpaper anyway?

Tempaper is a temporary wallpaper retailer has many different removable wallpaper designs.

The method to using this product is simple:

  1. Measure the height and width of walls
  2. Pre-Cut wallpaper panels
  3. Align each panel’s design with subsequent panels
  4. Peel away 3-4 feet of backing at one time
  5. Use a squeegee to remove air pockets
  6. Trim with a razor around molding, vents, and outlets.

The removal process is even simpler: Pull firmly from one corner until the wallpaper has been removed.


 

Fabric

Covering walls with fabric is such a great option because of the wide varieties of patterns that are available in material. The only secret to this method is using starch to get the fabric to stick to the wall. This article about  How To Wallpaper Using Fabric explains the method in detail, but basically, you mix up the paste using this recipe:

  • Boil 4 Cups Water
  • Mix 3/8 Cup corn starch with small amount of water until dissolved
  • Add cornstarch mixture to boiling water
  • Boil until thickened
  • Allow to cool

Then, brush the entire area you’d like to cover and adhere the fabric.

Sounds easy enough, right?


 

Other methods for wall treatment include using decorative tape or wrapping paper to jazz up white walls.

Do you have any other ideas for adding color without using paint?

I’m excited to give some of these a try.

 

Until next time,

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Organization Centers

An organized home is a happy home.

Everyone has their own method for organization, but there has to be a system in order to keep track of important documents, phone numbers and bills. Designating an area of your home to be an organization center is one good way to make sure major dates are not overlooked.

Components of effective organization centers:

  • Cork board — for business cards, post-it notes and invitations
  • Mail bin — to keep track of bills that need paid or letters that need sent
  • Calendar — for remembering important dates such as birthdays and weddings
  • Dry erase board — to leave notes for other family members and/or roommates

Good locations for an organization center include:

Each person’s organization hub will meet different needs, but a perfectly tailored command center is one of the best gifts you can give yourself if you find that you often forget important details of every day living.

Use these examples as inspiration, and feel free to mix and match ideas to make it the most effective for you.

There’s only one rule for a command center: pick a spot that’s seen often to make the most of your reminders.

Do you have any advice to make the perfect command center?

Please share your wisdom with me.

 

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