|This letter was submitted by a landlord to Rental Decorating Digest. They want you to decorate and to use common sense before beginning a decorating project. Not all landlords are the same, so check before trying anything suggested. |
At times there is misunderstanding between landlord's and their rules and regulations. One thing is certain, we love to see homes decorated and well maintained. Remember, you were "chosen" from several prospective clients to live in our dwelling. This means we trust you with our possessions and hope that you will care for them as if they were your own, yet avoid situations that may cost you the deposit.
One of my biggest concerns are "holes."
Holes are primarily due to hanging pictures or other wall decorations. Many of these holes are caused by mistakes in hanging and or using the wrong type of hanger for the job. Below I have provided a few helpful suggestions in helping you hang your wall decorations. I hope you will enjoy these ideas.
Draw a sketch of the wall where you want to hang pictures. Position your pictures on the paper and place your pictures near the wall where you are planning to hang them.
- Lay the pictures out according to your drawing. When centered you can begin hanging.
- Try to use small, but sturdy nails. Always hammer the nail into the stud. If you nail into a hollow wall you run the risk of damage and deduction from your deposit for repairs.
- To make it easier finding the stud you can purchase a stud indicator at your local hardware store. This can eliminate errors and help you in securing and centering your picture.
- Always Make sure the wire on the back of your hanging is secure prior to hanging.
Hanging Pictures and Avoiding Holes:
If you want to avoid holes all together use the removal adhesive tape hangers, or 3M Hooks With Command Adhesive these can be purchased at your local hardware store .
Peel off the adhesive, center on wall, (if it is a large picture you may need more than one hanger) and secure the picture.
They can also be used to hang other items such as valances from windows or extra towel hangers.
Displaying family photos (without the use of nails)
Use easel type frames that you can place on end tables, counters or dressers. If you want to hang the picture on the wall and you have a small amount of space, use a collage type frame. It can fit several pictures, there low cost and can easily be found at a craft or retail store. You can even be a little creative in decorating your frame around each photo using scrapbook backgrounds.
I hope this has been helpful and that you truly enjoy your living space