How to Hang Posters on the Wall

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want to spruce up a bare, or boring wall without painting, posters are a great way to go. They come in every shape, colour, design, theme and pattern imaginable. Posters are so diverse that they can fit with the style of virtually every room in your house, adding a little extra colour and interest to an otherwise boring living space. Unfortunately, some surfaces are a little harder to hang a poster on than others. Or if you are living in an apartment or dorm room you may not be allowed to damage your walls with tacs and nails. There are solutions to all of these problems however.

Choose a method to hang your poster. There are many ways to hang a poster, some of them include: thumbtacks, poster putty, and double-sided tape. Thumbtacks leave holes in the wall, but are the most secure method for hanging a poster. Poster putty does not damage the wall, and will stick to almost every surface, but may also leave grease stains or marks on both the wall and poster after pro-longed use. Double-sided tape will also stick to most surfaces, but may loose its stick with time and can damage the poster with removal. So, weigh your options and choose what works best for your situation.

Clean the wall. A dirty wall will keep the poster putty or double-sided tape from sticking properly. You can clean the wall with water, a cleaning wipe or rubbing alcohol. But be sure to wait a few minutes after cleaning, because a wet wall will also offset the stick of the putty or tape, as well as damage your poster.

Remove wrinkles from the poster. Do this buy folding your poster against any lines or wrinkles. This will allow the poster to lie more smoothly against the wall. If the poster curls, roll it in the opposite way to make it as flat as possible.

Find a spot to hang the poster. This location should be clear of other posters and artwork and preferably out of the direct path of sunlight in order to limit the amount of fading that may occur.

Hang the poster. If you want to make it perfectly straight, hold the poster against the wall at the height you prefer. Measure from the top of the poster to the ceiling, and make a light mark on the wall at the right and left edge of the poster. Draw a line between the marks and line the top of the poster up with the line. Another option is to get a friend to help you level the poster by giving you directions regarding whether to lift or lower each corner. When the poster is in the position you want, apply the tacks, putty or tape and secure the poster to the wall.


Although a poster can hang from a single fastener in the top centre, or from fasteners at just the top corners, it is always better to secure all four corners to keep the poster from curling.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster
  • Thumbtacks
  • Poster Putty
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
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