Save a Wall, Hang a Poster: 20 Ideas for Alternative Art Display
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Save a Wall, Hang a Poster: 20 Ideas for Alternative Art Display

If you are like us, it is much more fun to buy art than it is to actually hang it, especially if you are renting and aren’t allowed to put nails in the wall. Even if you aren’t constrained by the all-powerful rental deposit, frames can get expensive and a bit boring. But never fear, we are here to rescue your awesome art with 20 creative ways to use up your vertical space and not a hammer or nail to be seen.

1. Framing Without Frames: Why deal with hammers and levels when you can create your own wild wall designs out of washi tape and pom poms? (via Brit + Co)

2. Pant Hangars: Inexpensive and creative, these hangars will look awesome displaying all your bright posters. (via Apartment Therapy)

3. Driftwood Photo Display: Sturdy driftwood makes a stunningly rustic frame that’s perfect for one large print or many small photos. (via Morning Creativity)

4. Over The Door: We think you could totally make this work with those over-the-door towel hooks! (via House To Home)

5. Lean It: Probably the easiest display option ever, just pull up a wall and lean your art against it! Effortlessly chic. (via All Day Chic)

6. On A Cart: Create a sweet little vignette with a favorite piece of art set behind your jewelry, perfume and other trinkets. (via Delighting In Today)

7. Dartstrip ($25): A flexible, eight foot strip of steel with restickable adhesive backing for easy installation, Darstrip can be cut to any smaller size, and comes with 16 disc magnets that hold pictures in place.

8. DIY Photo Clipboards: If you like to switch your art around, this is the display for you; perfect for hanging kids’ art or just cycling through your favorite snapshots you could put adhesive on the back of these clipboards so you don’t ruin the walls or your photos. (via Love Grows Wild)

9. Clothesline Display: We love the use of washi tape on these clothespins for an extra colorful display. (via Madras And Tonic)

10. Sticks ($30): Made with wood and strong magnets, this modern little hangers can be customized up to 72″ for that really big piece of statement art you’ve been trying to hang.

11. Set On A Shelf: Get a gallery look without the rows of nails by displaying your art on a couple of floating shelves. (via Sadie + Stella)

12. Photo Chandelier: This chandelier is definitely a work of art, but we think if you got creative you could totally DIY. (via Apartment Therapy)

13. Magnetic Photo Rope ($12): Cheaper than an oh-so-boring frame and it comes in fun colors! We’re sold.

14. Washi Tape Frames: The best part of a tape frame gallery wall is you can change out the color and arrangement whenever you feel like it without worrying about leaving behind a constellation of nail holes. (via Inspired To Share)

15. Binder Clips: We’re on board with anything that uses an office hack. (via Trendenser)

16. On The Grid: Sadly, this Etsy seller is no longer making this awesome wooden “frame” but we’re confident you could DIY your own version with just a few pieces of thin board. (via Apartment Therapy)

17. Wall Decals ($22): How fun are these swirly, modern versions of antique picture frames!

18. We Montage: Just upload your high quality digital photos to We Montage and they’ll make you a gorgeous self-adhesive collage that won’t damage walls and can be removed and re-used when you find a new place to live!

19. Painterly Easel: Forget the wall altogether and make your art part of the room’s furniture with an easel display! (via Lonny)

20. Wall Molding Hangers: If you’re lucky enough to live in an old house, you may be lucky enough to have picture molding running around the top edge of your walls. Nab yourself some picture wire and pretty molding hooks and you’re all set to hang (and change) art to your heart’s content. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

Will you be trying any of these alternative ways to hang your art? Let us know in the comments below!