Do Command Strips Really Work?

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Do Command Strips work?Command Strips are designed to allow you to hang up pictures, posters and other flat items without damaging the walls, and without having your things fall off of the walls. It is a replacement for nails, tacks, and other hanging solutions that leave holes in your walls when you take them out. The promise here is that when you put them up, they won’t come undone like ordinary double sided tape. But do they really work as advertised?

Surprisingly, hanging things on walls is a pretty big industry. Since the traditional way of a hammer and nails leaves holes in the walls, and sometimes involves things falling off the wall, there was definitely a gap to be filled here. Not only are these strips supposedly effective, but they are easy to use as well, so if you’re not really good with a hammer you can use these without worrying about getting it wrong.

The Claim
Command Strips say that they are the damage-free way to decorate and organize your home. They also have a line of hooks, so they are trying to be the total solution of getting various items onto your walls. The part that makes them unique is that they can be removed easily when the time comes, and you won’t have to clean up bits of adhesive like you do with other sticky strips. These days they are pushing their clear line of hooks that employ the same stick strips in order to hang on the wall.

The Hype
The hype is that either through a clever advertising and marketing campaign, or a word-of-mouth buzz going around saying that these work, there is a perception that the Command line of products is effective. That’s why it’s interesting that so many people have voiced that it doesn’t work quite as well as you might think.

The Cost
The price of Command Strips varies depending on which size you get, and the quantity. Typical prices range from $5 to $10, with an average price being around six or seven dollars. Some people have said this is rather expensive for hanging strips, but we’re thinking that 3M is charging for the brand recognition, and the perceived reputation that it has in the market. Also, when you compare it to your other options, it makes sense to spend a little more for something that goes on and comes off without much fuss.

The Commitment
Compared to other ways of hanging your pictures and posters, this is either a reduction in commitment or at the very least the same amount. All that’s required is to apply these to a clean surface and then affix your desired item to it. After that, it should stay put and require no more thought on your part. When it’s time to take it down you just pull the adhesive until it yields. Easy cheesy!

The Clever Bit
The feature that put Command Strips on the map is that you can simply give them a tug when they’re ready to come down, and they should pop right off, leaving no marks and no holes, and basically no trace left behind. This is especially great if you are renting your home, condo, or apartment and you don’t want to deal with a cranky landlord pointing out holes in the wall and threatening your security deposit. It’s what separated them from double-sided adhesive strips in the first place.

Command Strips have created a lot of debate as to whether or not they work, with one side saying that they’ve been able to hang things up for years, and another side saying that they weren’t able to hang up anything without them without having them fall down. A common reason given for the negative feedback is that the directions weren’t followed. With a product like this, it’s tempting to just open it and stick it to the wall, but the directions clearly state that you should make sure you are applying it to a clean surface.

A lot of the examples that are given from people that said it doesn’t work make it seem like perhaps they did not follow the directions properly, and that’s why the strips are not working working the way they are supposed to. However, there are also plenty of people who said that they followed the directions to the letter, and it still did not work for them. It’s strange the product would have such varying opinions from users. Usually you’ll find some middle ground, some people saying that it works okay, but with these strips people either say it works fantastically, or not at all.

Final Command Strips Review

While it is possible that Command Strips won’t work for you, we think that for most people they work just fine. Be sure to check whether the surface you’re considering putting things onto is one of the surfaces that are listed as being okay. After that, you want to follow the directions exactly, and take the time to do the job right. The reason they need to be applied so specifically is because they are designed to come off later without much hassle.

Our Recommendation
Pick up a pack or two of these and give them a go. Chances are if you follow the directions accordingly, and use it on the right type of service, you’ll have a fantastic experience with these and your home will look better than you ever thought possible.

What do you think? Does Command Strips work or not?

48 Customer Reviews on “Do Command Strips Really Work?

  1. Yes command hooks work but not for all smooth painted surfaces. Hooks fell off the wall the very next day. Surface was cleaned with rubbing alcohol until the paint came off. I’ve tried repeatly to make the hooks work. Even added the sticky stuff to the wall first. Didn’t work for this project. Bummer. 🙁

  2. We just took off our first command strips tonight from a flat painted wall after a year and a half in our brand new house, and they pulled loose the paint/drywall paper. They may work fine for holding up picture frames, but they also tear off the drywall/paint from the wall.

  3. I’ve tried Command Strips before and have had success with using them. It might depend on the finish of the paint on your walls…mine are painted with semi-gloss paint and are a very smooth surface and I can imagine that provides a better surface for the strips to stick on than, say, a wall painted with flat paint. I love that I’m able to hang things without worrying about putting holes in the walls, and so far they’ve worked fine for my paintings. I’ve also tried taking them off and they come off very well, without pulling off paint.

  4. It seems like they might be more ideal for paintings, photos, or something really light. I can’t imagine it having the power of holding up something heavy. Not to mention that the surface must be clean in order for them to properly function the way you want them to. As Phyllis mentioned, they don’t leave holes on the walls but like Lynda Schab said, they do have the potential of removing paint of the wall. They’re definitely good for something lightweight but you’ll need something more durable to handle heavier objects.

  5. Okay for hanging lightweight items, not so good for heavier things. At least, for me. I also had a couple that peeled the paint off my wall when I tried to remove them. Not sure why – maybe I pressed them too hard to the wall or something. I would be very hesitant to use them again, except maybe behind a door or something, where it wouldn’t matter if a little paint comes off with the strip. Wasn’t impressed.

  6. I love command strips! I didn’t know if i should trust them or not. Then when I moved into a studio connected to someone’s home, I didn’t want to leave holes in the walls so I went ahead and I tried them. I was half expecting to have something fall off within a week and to my surprise, even with weather changes and temperature fluctuations, nothing seemed to budge them and it has been at least a year so they will probably last well into the next lease. The types of things I had hanging were everything from paintings to utility stuff in my home office. Yes, you do have to clean the area off first though if you want them to work properly so read the directions.

  7. It’s unfortunate to hear that these strips didn’t work for you because I am actually a pretty big fan of them. My wife and I do a lot of decorating and re-decorating with ever-changing portraits and canvas paintings. At first we were skeptical but just out of convenience picked up some packs when we were heading out of the store. Since then we haven’t looked back. Because we’re always making changes there are literally several opened and unopened packs in our kitchen utility drawer. I don’t want to say that perhaps you didn’t follow directions, but we have found that these work the best on clean and dry surfaces. The adhesive will grip the dirt and just tear it off of your wall.

  8. Unfortunately, I have to disagree. These things do not work. I hung a photo with it and after a few months, it crashed to the floor. I even tried using Command strips to hang stockings on my wall for Christmas and they would last a day or two, tops, before falling off the wall. And I was making sure that the objects I was hanging were light enough for the Command Strips I bought to handle. Turned out that these expensive strips were just a waste of money. I won’t bother going back to these.

  9. Command Strips work! I was skeptical, but around the holidays I wanted to try them to do all my indoors decorations. I used them all around my house and was able to hang everything up with ease and without holes on walls. What is good about the strips is you can use them on your stairs where you don’t want nail holes at. The big reveal was do they really peel off when you’re done. When it was time to take the decorations down, the strips came off easily and no trace on the surfaces where they were at. They are worth every penny and work.

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