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The Risks of Using Command Hooks

September 08, 2023

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The Risks of Using Command Hooks for Your Framed Treasures: What You Need to Know

The appeal of command hooks is undeniable. They promise ease of installation, no damage to your walls, and an almost magical answer to all your wall-hanging needs. But if you've invested in custom framing for your valuable art pieces or precious memories, it's essential to ensure that they are hung securely. 

This blog will delve into the limitations of command hooks and similar adhesive hanging strips, and explain why they might not be the best choice for your custom-framed treasures.

How long do command hooks last?

One of the most pressing questions about command hooks and command picture hanging strips is their lifespan. How long do command hooks last, really? While they offer a convenient solution for quick and easy hanging, these hooks are influenced by factors such as wall texture, humidity, and temperature changes. Over time, adhesive properties may deteriorate, causing the hooks to fail unexpectedly. Importantly, command hooks are not designed to be a long-term solution for hanging valuable or weighty items like custom-framed art or heavy pictures.

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How much can command hooks hold?

Another question that arises is, how much can command hooks hold? Although different types have varying weight limits—they claim to be able to hold anything from 225g to 2.2kg—they're generally not suited for heavy frames. Exceeding these limits, even marginally, risks the frame falling and getting damaged. Therefore, while they might seem to hold up light items successfully, custom-framed pieces are typically too valuable and heavy to entrust to a command hook.

How strong are command hooks?

Convenience aside, how strong are command hooks when it comes to supporting your precious wall hangings? The simple answer is, not strong enough for anything you deem irreplaceable. Due to their limited weight capacity and the variables that affect their adhesive strength, command hooks can't guarantee a secure hold for an extended period, especially for weighty or valuable items.

Why do my command hooks keep falling?

If you’ve ever wondered, "Why do my command hooks keep falling?", you're not alone. Incorrect installation and less-than-ideal environmental conditions can cause them to fail. For example, using them in high-humidity areas like bathrooms can weaken the adhesive over time. Plus, textured walls may not provide an adequate surface for the hooks to adhere properly, making them more likely to fail over time.

Generally, command products are not suitable for hanging heavier items.

The real costs of a fallen frame

When a custom-framed piece falls, the damage is more than just physical. There's the emotional toll of seeing a cherished item broken, not to mention the financial costs of either repairing or replacing it. These are the real, often overlooked, costs of using adhesive hanging methods for frames that hold sentimental or monetary value.

If you have invested money and time into custom framing a valued or sentimental piece, the last thing you want is it to become damaged or irreparable by using insufficient hanging methods. If one of your frames has been broken from falling off the wall, we offer professional frame repair services.

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Best ways to hang a heavy frame

If command hooks are off the table, what's the best way to hang a heavy frame? At Portfolio Picture Framers, we recommend more secure alternatives like wall anchors and wire hanging systems. Professional installation services can also ensure that your frame is not only level but secure. These options provide the durability and security you need for valuable or custom-framed pieces.

By securely hanging your custom framed pieces, you ensure their longevity and visual appeal for years to come.

wall anchors for picture frames

For assembling a gallery wall with multiple frames, we strongly advise using reliable hanging methods like nails, wall anchors, or wire hanging systems. It's crucial to account for the different sizes and weight of each frame to guarantee a secure and lasting display on the wall.

securely hang picture frames

To read more:How To Securely Hang Picture Frames on a Brick Wall

Alternative display options

But what if you live in a rental property where drilling holes into the wall is off-limits? Don't worry; there are other ways to showcase your framed art. Easel stands can display your framed pieces without compromising their safety. Floating shelves are another great option; they require minimal wall alteration and can hold various frame sizes securely.

Alternative picture display options

If you have a fireplace hearth or mantel, you can consider propping your framed art there. Just make sure it's securely positioned and located away from high-traffic areas where it could be accidentally knocked over.

mantel framing option


Make the right choice when it comes to hanging your pieces

While command hooks have their place for lightweight and temporary hanging needs, they come with several limitations when considering the safety of valuable or custom-framed pieces. Their unpredictable lifespan, limited weight-bearing ability, and vulnerability to environmental conditions make them a risky choice for anything that holds sentimental or financial value.

Professional and secure framing with Portfolio Picture Framers

Consult with us at Portfolio Picture Framers for personalised solutions tailored to your wall hanging needs. From advice on the best way to hang a heavy frame to alternative display options, we are your go-to experts for everything picture framing.

For all of your custom framing needs, look no further than our dedicated team at Portfolio Picture Framers. We are a family owned and operated business who has over 30 years of experience in the framing industry. To add that special touch to your most prized art, photographs or prints, get in touch with us to learn how custom framing can preserve and elevate your piece, so you can enjoy it for many years to come. 

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