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Our Favorite Way to Hang Wall Decor in a RV

While we’ve used several methods to hang items throughout our tiny home on wheels, today I’m sharing my favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV. Don’t have a RV? No worries, this method translates over to sticks and bricks homes too, and especially rental properties.

Our Favorite Way to Hang Wall Decor in a RV

I even made my first appearance in our YouTube channel to share this method, eeeeek! Up until this point Eric has been the face of our video channel, although I did lend my voice to the Christmas tour, haha.

To be honest, I’m totally awkward and super self-conscious so I’ve been holding off for the perfect moment where I feel completely content in my own skin. Well, perfect doesn’t exist and who knows when I’ll feel confident in my own skin, so I decided it was time to face my fear and just get ‘er done. If you’re feeling nervous about doing something on your to-do list and are waiting for that “perfect” moment I encourage you to take a step towards that goal, even if it’s just a small one. The video may not be the best, but we all gotta start somewhere, right?

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You should know that I’m both indecisive and a visual person, so when we first moved into our RV I hung most of the frames up using tacks. This way I can see what a frame will look like temporarily without damaging the wall or wasting command strips. Of course you don’t want to go thumbtack crazy, but it’s much easier to fill in a tiny thumbtack hole than a nail or screw hole.

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As you can imagine, thumbtacks aren’t the most secure way to hang up wall decor, especially in a RV. Every time we hit the road we have to remove any other loose decor throughout our motorhome, and corral them into baskets, bins, or the kitchen sink.

Back when I was still determining where to hang our frames, we had to remove them all before driving off. While it wasn’t a huge deal, I looked forward to the day we’d secure them and have less to corral before taking off to our next location.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

Command Hanging Strips Vs. Velcro

While we’ve used screws for some of the decor and signs, Command hooks and hanging strips have become our BFF in the RV. With that said, when it came time to hang up my frames I decided to go a different direction.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

The reason? I like to switch out the prints in our frames and in my experience the Command velcro strips are more of a one time deal – you can’t remove the items and then place them back up using the same strips. In most cases you have to replace at least one of the strips.

With some items, that’s not an issue. For example, I have a small piece of reclaimed wood with a galvanized heart (Christmas ornament) hanging near our front door. I don’t plan to change this up anytime soon so I used Command hanging strips.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

As you may know, I create and sell printables in our shop, so I like to switch the prints in our frames every so often. This is why I went with actual Velcro to hang them up.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

Now I can hang up my frame, easily remove it, switch out the print, and then hang it back up without needing to replace the strips. Not to mention the velcro keeps the frames secure while we drive down the road.

Update: A lot of people have told me that they’ve been able to reuse Command Velcro strips, so I’m guessing it was just user error or that it had more to do with the specific items I tried it on – they probably just had some sort of finish on the back that made it more difficult to re-stick (one side kept coming off and sticking to the wall side). If you’ve had luck re-using the Command Velcro Strips multiple times let us know in the comments!

I’m sure the industrial strength is overkill for our frames, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to go heavy duty just in case. I generally use the Industrial Strength Velcro adhesive strips that come in rolls. It’s nice that they are wide strips that can be cut down if necessary, a little goes a long way, and it’s super affordable. I think the 5 ft x 2 inch roll cost me less than $10, but you can buy thinner strips, and longer rolls like this 15 ft x 2 inch roll for $20.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

By the way, I removed the glass from all of our frames before we hung them up in the RV. A couple years ago I did this to our massive gallery wall because it was difficult to get photos without glares. I then realized I didn’t mind them not having glass so I kept them that way.

Then when it came time to bring frames inside the RV I figured I’d leave the glass out. Not only does it make it easier to take photos, but I don’t have to worry about glass breaking. This was also because we were hanging the frames up with tacks originally so I was more concerned with them falling at that time. Now that we have the frames secured, I don’t see that being an issue. Either way I wanted to mention it.

Tips for using Velcro to Hang Wall Decor in a RV

As far as prepping the frames and walls for velcro, the first thing I did was wipe them down using rubbing alcohol.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in the RV! MountainModernLife.com

I did have one wood frame that the velcro wasn’t adhering to as well as the others and I’m guessing it had some sort of finish that was preventing the velcro from sticking. To fix this I lightly sanded down the back with rough sandpaper before re-cleaning and attaching the velcro. After that the velcro adhered to the back without issues.

Afterwards, I cut my velcro strips and attached them to both the wall and frames. I’ll admit I’m impatient and mostly eye-balled where to put them, but I’d recommend measuring it out. The good news is that the velcro is somewhat forgiving so there’s some wiggle room when it comes to making sure the frame is hung up straight.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

To make sure my frames were hung up flat against the wall I did have to remove some of the stands that come attached to the back of the frame, as you can see below. I don’t plan to ever use these frames on a flat surface so I didn’t mind removing them.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

I couldn’t find any info on whether it’s better to have the male (rough side) or the female (smooth/fluffy side) against the wall so I don’t think it matters much.

For the best results, press down on each piece of velcro for 30-60 seconds. It’s also recommended to wait 24 hours before attaching the frame to the velcro on the wall. You want to make sure the velcro is properly adhered to the back of the frame. I only waited a few minutes and didn’t have any issues, but just something to keep in mind.

I hung up the first frame using 4 pieces of velcro, one in each corner. However, I later realized it’s easier to use horizontal strips – one for the top and one for the bottom. This makes measuring and placement easier too.

I also used a mixture of white and black velcro, and not that it matters since you don’t see it, but I do prefer the white because it looks cleaner on our white walls.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in a RV! MountainModernLife.com

Removing Velcro from the Walls

While command velcro strips are marketed as being easy to remove without damaging your walls, I can’t speak from experience about using actual Velcro. However, I did read that you can easily remove the velcro from a surface by first warming it up with a steamer or hair dryer and then using a razor blade. Just something to consider if you decide to go this route.

Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in the RV! MountainModernLife.com

Do you have any tips for how to hang wall decor in a RV, or have experience removing velcro strips from your walls? If so we’d love to hear about them in the comments below!


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 Looking for ways to easily hang frames without using screws or nails? Check out our favorite way to hang wall decor in the RV! MountainModernLife.com

Comments

  • Carmen Heussner

    Hi Katy! You did awesome! You are my inspiration! Carmen H

    May 9, 2017
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  • Beth Yannoulis

    Great job with the video!!!!! Thanks for the tips and tricks…they are very helpful

    May 9, 2017
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  • Patt Copeland-Griggs

    Love having ya’ll as neighbors. Just discovered my utility hanger for my broom, mop, etc on the floor of our utility closet. So much for the 30lbs of Command tape used…UGH. I’m going to try to industrial Velcro route and this won’t be moved or relocated…I just want it to stay put.

    May 10, 2017
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  • Rebecca Luciak

    Hi there! Thanks for this post! I’m starting a reno on a 1959 trailer and found your blog! Love it! Just wanted to let you know that I was checking out your log and the word environment is spelled wrong. Thought you might want to know! Cheers.

    Becks.

    June 9, 2017
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  • Ellie

    I love your blog. Using lots of your ideas in our Renovation!

    June 27, 2017
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  • Dianne Dobson

    Have you ever had the weight of your frames on the velco pull the wallpaper away from the backing board, thus creating a bubble on the wall? I hung some very light hooks for some small stuff in our 5th wheel many years ago and a few days after it sat in storage with no a/c, I came in to find that they had all caused the bubble in the wallpaper. It was an older trailer but now I’m scared to try it in my new one. Another idea came to me, AFTER hanging my stuff, of course. An old tip I read somewhere was to cut an X in the wallpaper and peel it back, then put in your nail. Then when you want to remove the nail, just reglue the spot of wallpaper. I think I’m gonna try a spot in the closet.

    July 4, 2017
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  • This was exactly what I was looking for! We just bought an RV we are going to renovate and I was very puzzled about how I was going to hang things! Your RV is my inspo for sure!

    July 13, 2017
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  • Berniece Cronquist

    I have used Velcro for hanging things in our RV for quite a while. I especially like to collect little knick knacks from various vacations spots. I have a space about my tv cabinet. I put the Velcro on the bottom of the knick knack and then Velcro it up on top of the cabinet shelf. I have never had any of them fall. I use the large 2″ squares to hang up pretty large pictures. It works great. Makes decorating so much easier.

    July 13, 2017
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  • Sarah Green

    My fiancé and I just bought a fifth wheel camper back in April and will begin traveling and living in it full time after we get married later this month! Since purchasing it, we’ve been doing some renovations and your blog has been super helpful in making our camper feel more like home. I will definitely be purchasing a roll of Velcro after reading this post! However, what advice do you have for hanging heavier items, such as shelves? Looking to put a few shelves above the toilet in the bathroom. Thanks in advance!

    September 4, 2017
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  • Betsy Cole

    Wondering how to hang heavier things like shelves

    December 29, 2017
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  • Nicole Welch

    I’d love to buy some of your art but I really love the frame it comes with, can you point me inboxed the direction to buy it? They look amazing together!

    January 21, 2018
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  • I have used the same velcro to hang heavy metal signs to our walls. Nothing has budged. I just used larger strips for the heavier items. I was planning on using goo gone for removal so it didn’t damage the wallpaper.

    March 12, 2018
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  • HOPE L SZABO

    What did you hang the wood board and pots and pans with?

    June 8, 2018
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    • Hey Hope, sorry for the delayed response! We attached the wood via screws and anchors. We then attached the hooks to the wood with screws that would go through the wood and the wall (but just enough through the wall, not too deep) I hope this helps!

      August 23, 2018
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