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How to Hang Heavy Objects on a Wall Without Drilling

How to Hang Heavy Objects on a Wall Without Drilling

While using a stud finder and then drilling through the wall is still the most common method of hanging up items with any significant weight, there are lots of reasons that someone may not want to put a hole in their wall. People who live in apartments, rented houses, or dorm rooms may not be allowed to drill into the walls. Other people simply don’t want to damage their walls. If you want to learn how to hang heavy objects on a wall without drilling, here are a few options.

Hanging Items Up to 16 Pounds: Use Command Strips

The Command Strips brand has a versatile line of products that promise to provide provide a damage-free hanging solution for every project. Whether you want a hook to hang up your sports jersey or you need picture hanging strips to put a framed picture on the wall, Command Strips has a solution.

Because the Command line of products is so large, it can get a bit confusing. Make sure to read the description of the product to confirm you get the one you need.

All Command products come with easy step-by-step instructions that make hanging items on the wall much easier than drilling or hammering. The best part about Command Strips is not only do they work great, but they can also be easily removed from the wall without causing any damage.

Hanging Items Up to 30 Pounds: Use Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape

While not as versatile as Command Strips, Scotch-Mount Extreme Double-Sided Mounting Tape is able to hold heavier loads. It is a great option for hanging heavy items that have flat surfaces on the back – no tools needed. You can mount picture frames, wall organizers, shelves, or even adhere lights to the ceiling.

Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape can be used almost anywhere as it adheres to a wide variety of surfaces including wood, metal and concrete. It is manufactured to be long lasting indoors and even outside.

One downside is that the tape is designed with permanent adhesive which is great for replacing nails and screws, but it cannot be removed as easily as Command Strips.

Hanging Larger Items: Create Your Own Wall Stud

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If you have an odd shaped or heavy item that absolutely has to to be supported by a wall stud, you can make your own. While this method does require more work than simply sticking your object on the wall, it’s not too hard and will only take about 30 minutes. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating your own wall stud:

Before you start you’ll need a measuring tape, 2×4 wood post, and a Labrico ceiling bracket.

  1. Measure the height from floor to ceiling.
  2. Cut the 2×4 to “floor to ceiling” height minus 3.7 inches. You can get the 2×4 from any home improvement store. Most, including Lowe’s and Home Depot, will even cut it to the size you need for free.
  3. Place the upper and lower brackets onto the wood post.
  4. Lift the post into place. Tighten or loosen the adjusting screw as needed.
  5. Use a level to make sure that the post is vertically straight.

And just like that, you have a new wall stud. You can drill right into your newly created stud and hang anything that you would on a regular wall. Depending on what you are hanging, a single wood post might be all you need. However, when you combine multiple posts, the possibilities are endless. Simply attach wood slats across two posts and you can have a whole new wall in no time.

For more ideas and detailed instructions, check out The Storage Wall.


We hoped you enjoyed learning how you can hang almost any object on the wall if you have the right supplies. Whether you choose to Command Strips, mounting tape, or build your own wall studs, you can hang heavy objects on the wall of your man cave in no time.