A. Hello Serena! Sorry to hear you have weak walls. It could be for a number of reasons, and I could help you strengthen them, but considering you are a renter, it doesn’t seem like there is a real need.
Whether your drywall is old, weak, you are working with wood paneling, or you are hammering into a stud, it can be difficult to hang things up in your own home. Fear not! There are most certainly solutions to hanging your art. Naturally it depends on what you are hanging, and how heavy it is, but you can certainly find something that works for you.
First decide whether or not you want to use a frame or hang unframed art. This will be one of the leading factors in how you will be hanging your art in your home.
If you are hanging a light weight poster or card stock, then do ahead and use double-sided tape. You would be surprised with how strong some of them can be.
Wire is nice because you can allow for it to hang across a wall or come directly down from the ceiling. You then hang each piece directly onto the wire. This look reminds me of an art gallery, and I think it can be very nice if used correctly.
Strips & Hooks
I have a massive supply of the Command strips and hooks in my house. I move things around quite a bit, so these are nice because they don’t damage the walls in any way. They are capable of holding anywhere from 1LB to 16LB’s of weight. I always use extra just to be on the cautious side. You simply attach them to the piece your hanging, and then stick them right to the wall. Love em!
I recently discovered this option and I think it is pretty smart. You can turn any paint into magnet paint, apply it to the wall, and then hang your art using magnets. You can then buy decorative magnets and leave them exposed, or you can glue them to the back of your canvas, and no one is the wiser. Of course, this only works with light weight pieces. Anything too heavy will probably not stay where you want it.
Create A Temporary Wall of Pictures
Using a little of your DIY skills, you can create something to hang your art on that would not affect your walls whatsoever. For example, you can nail 2×2 boards together and with something as simple as hangers, you can hang prints, cards, and posters, without any trouble. Super unique, and you can take it with you when you move too.
These are best for those heavy items. Just use the anchors and repair the wall after you are done, or move out. No matter your needs you can find an anchor that will help you. In fact I recommend going to This Old House and they will tell you exactly what kind of anchor you need depending on what you plan to hang and where.