Making Due with What You’ve Got

I’m about a year and a half into my lease at an apartment I love, yet I still haven’t done it the service of decorating it enough to feel homey. In fact, the walls are the biggest part that show as a bit empty, something I know I could do better about if I tried.

So to combat this, I’ve recently begun hanging stuff around my apartment in order to liven up the atmosphere. But the problem is I want to hang two posters of my favorite artists in my basement. Unfortunately, the walls are pure concrete, meaning driving a nail or tack into it like it was drywall isn’t exactly an option. So, I had to get crafty.

After a bit of brainstorming, I realized I have multiple options. From common packaging supplies to other nonstandard approaches, I knew I’d have something to hold them up. I just didn’t have them with me at the apartment, so a trip to the store was warranted. With that said, here are a few items and other packaging supplies I picked up. I’m sure they’ll help you out if you ever need to hang something less than 5 pounds and only have concrete walls to work with! Drywall is far better for this stuff, but we don’t always have access to that.

Heavy duty tape.

Yes, some heavy tape (like duct tape) will likely rip parts of the back of your poster off when you’re done with it. The good thing, though, is that this stuff is meant to stick. The adhesive on packing tape is quite strong, so it should do well to stick to a cement wall so long as it’s not dirty or dusty. Nonetheless, remember that your poster most likely won’t remain intact after using this type of tape. I’d use this on your cheaper posters if you must.

School putty.

On the other hand, this is exactly what you want if you want to keep your posters around after using them on whatever walls you’ve chosen. Everyone should remember this specifically from school as you grew up. I recall all sorts of this being leftover on walls when a teacher moved classrooms or a new teacher came in. And to be honest, I never once had use for this stuff until I started collecting posters myself. Kinda funny to think about, isn’t it? The world comes full circle.

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