How To Hanging Pictures On Tile

It’s not often that I’ll just endorse a product outright, but when it comes to hanging pictures on tile, there’s only one product I’ll use:  Command Picture Hanging Strips.

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Generally when I mention these, people confuse them with the Command strips that have adhesive on both sides.  Those double-sided adhesive strips are good for some purposes, but I’ve actually had some problems with them not holding.

These Picture Hanging Strips are a different story, though.   These things are incredibly strong, and I’ve never had a problem with them not holding.

They’re a bit different, as you can see.  They have hundreds of these little plastic “fingers” and each one has a tiny little plastic ball at the end.

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I believe the package says that six strips are enough to hold six pounds.  I generally use more than necessary just to be really sure that my item is secure on the wall.

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The first thing you do is “snap” two strips together.  It’s similar to hook and loop tape, but you really can hear a snapping sound as the pieces go together.

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So a package of six strips gives you enough to use in three different spots on the back of your item.

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After peeling off the protective paper on one side, I placed two at the top, and one at the bottom.  Again, according to the package, this is enough to hold six pounds.  This was overkill for my artwork, which probably weighed around two pounds, but I just really like things to be secure.

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Then after pressing these down to be sure they were really stuck on there well, I peeled the other protective paper off and placed the artwork against the wall.  It stuck immediately, but the instructions say to press for 30 seconds on each strip.

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After each one is pressed for 30 seconds, you’re supposed to remove the item from the wall, and wait for one hour before re-hanging the artwork.  And of course, re-hanging the artwork just takes “snapping” the strips back together.

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I’ve only ever used these on tile, but I would imagine they work great on drywall as well.  These would be perfect for renters who don’t want to risk losing their deposit because of nail holes in the wall.

The first time I used these was to hang my hand painted family name sign…

I didn’t want to drill a hole in my new tile or grout for a nail.  I considered other options, like hanging it from the cubbies above with fishing wire and eye hooks.  Then I just happened upon these Command strips in Home Depot and decided to give them a try.  Well, it’s been up there for over a year now, and the thing hasn’t budged a bit!

So when it comes to hanging things on tile, this is the only product I’ll use.  Have you tried them?  What did you think about them?  Have you tried them on drywall?  Do they work just as well on drywall as they do on tile?

*Note–I wasn’t paid or perked for writing this post.  I just really, sincerely like this product, I use this product, and I wanted to share it with you.

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  1. Jeri says

    I just found these a couple of months ago.  They do work great.  The only thing I've found is to buy the bigger ones no matter what, they have the strongest strength to them.  Like yours shows, it doesn't hurt to add more than the two it requires.  

  2. Deb Cadene says

    These would have come in handy for hanging on my wall with the pocket door.Is it tricky to realign it to the velcrow on the wall once you remove your picture to cure the tape, or did you mark the wall before removing it?

  3. Amelia @ Home Decor says

    I always use 3M strips whenever I have to stick something on my wall. It's not only just for pictures, some of my home and garden decor were glued together using this strips – my wind chimes, wind arts, design posts, and some paintings. I also hate seeing holes or some scratches on my walls.

    My hubby also uses this strip in his garage to stick together some of his motorcycle decals.

  4. Shannon says

    I've never used the picture strips, but I have used the regular ones on small 5 x 7 frames.  I'm just going to be moving from a rental into our first home – YEAH!- and will definitely be using more of these on my nice, newly painted walls.  In a rental with a bazillion holes already in the walls, I don't mind making a few more, but that won't be the case anymore.

    Thanks for all of the great tips!!!


  5. anna says

    I was a complete devotee of Command Picture Strips and used them everywhere. Recently however a builder I worked with asked me to use them to hang art in a display home so he wouldn't have to patch the walls later. Almost every picture in the house fell off, and I was particularly careful with following the instructions because it was a display home. I don't know if it was humidity, or fresh paint, but I'm very  reluctant to use them again now!

  6. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says

    I can see how they might be less reliable on a painted wall.  That's why I only use them on tile.  But they work wonderful on tile!  I'm not one of those people who freaks out over nail holes in my drywall, so I can't see myself ever using these on drywall.  Plus, they're considerably more expensive than a small package of picture hanging nails.

  7. says

    I love, LoVe, LOVE these! I use them on drywall. I’m a photographer so I’m constantly changing out my framed photography. I’ve never had them fail and I live in humid South Louisiana. I recently moved into an office at work and I’m using them to hang my photography there as well.

    • says

      Mine are still hanging, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that I’ve used the 3M sticky strips before, and they came off clean with no residue.

  8. jan jones says

    I have used these successfully all over the place, and they do not leave residue. The onlt warning I have is to be sure to pull straight down on the strip when removing, otherwise it may pull the paint off the wall (this happened to me!) Also, when I take them off the wall, I remove the sticky part from both of the velcro-like tape. I save these, then later, I buy just the white regular command strips, and adhere them to the velcro I saved. It is less expensive, and i have had no problems whatsoever!

  9. herpopeness says

    We have used these in the past 3 rental places and they have come off clean and without any residue every time. As previous comment has said though make sure you pull straight down fully before removing from the wall as they do take a little paint off then. We are using them again now we have moved and have recommended to everyone! We have only used them on dry painted wall and they have always worked well. I found this website by searching on google for ‘hanging pictures on tile’ as I wasn’t sure they could be used on tile in the bathroom. Very happy to have found this site and see that they obviously can!!

  10. Mark says

    There’s actually an App for that!!
    We used a cool app recently for the iphone and ipad called “Hand-a-Pic”. Made it super easy to hang a series of pictures across the wall without having to figure out where the nails go to make things even. We used it a couple of times already, once for hanging pictures and the more recently to hang 4 plates on the wall. Walks you through through the steps and tells you exactly where every nail goes for evenly spaced pictures across the wall. Worked perfectly!

  11. says

    Hi Kristi, I am thinking of hanging a lantern from my mirror, do you think these command picture hanging strips would work? they are not that heavy, but I was wondering if you have hung anything on an actual mirror front. Thank you,

  12. says

    It sure is a great solution if you rent somewhere that holes are not permitted. I also like how you showed using them on tile – creative!

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