Gallery walls, when done right, are a fantastic rental-friendly decor option. I have lived in my fair share of rentals over the course of the last decade. I also have an obsession with DIY decor projects. One DIY decor trend that I think we all have been crushing on is gallery walls.
I’m taking some time today to share my top 3 solutions for rental-friendly gallery walls. When done correctly, gallery walls can be a great rental-friendly decor option… without leaving your walls looking like swiss cheese come move-out time.
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But first thing first. Let’s make sure you…
Have the Right Tools
Depending on your rental situation, you may not want to leave nail holes behind – even if you patch them up. Adhesive products have come a long way, and gone are the days of ripped or damaged drywall.
I’m a HUGE fan of Command picture hanging strips for projects like this.
When I made a playspace in an odd closet with 3 giant steps, safety was also a factor. I found inexpensive frames with plastic at Ikea. Then I mounted the frames with Command strips. When my daughter inevitably tried to take the pictures off the wall, I didn’t have to worry about nails sticking out of the wall… or worse, nails coming out of the wall and becoming a new favorite toy!
click here to read all about this play space and find the sources for all of those FREE printables!
1. Washi Tape
Washi tape is the ultimate no-damage gallery wall solution. Plus: washi tape comes in tons of fun colors and designs. Pair this with some fun free printables, personal photos or even instagram pics, and you have a truly custom gallery wall.
This fun gallery wall is perfect for a kid’s playroom. Click here for the source of those free printables!
Bonus: those botanical prints are totally free!
2. Clipboards & Clothespins
Clipboards are a great way to rotate inspiring photos and printables. Just make sure to mount your clipboards with command strips to protect your walls.
I have four clipboards in my office work space, and I love changing out their contents!
I’m also swooning over this office space:
This gallery wall features children’s watercolor artwork:
This gallery wall puts all of those instagram photos to use, by hanging them with clothespins:
3. Semi-Permanent Interchangeable Options
These options require you to be able to drill holes into your walls. If you’re in a long-term rental situation, like me, this is a great option. I drill once (knowing that I will patch up the holes when we move) and have endless possibilities to arrange and rearrange pictures and seasonal decor.
I made this No Commitment Gallery Wall last year. Confession: We’re due to update pictures!
The same concept applies with this fabulous living room picture ledge:
This DIY picture display is a 10-minute DIY project!