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. I used them to put up 4 16×20 pictures. The adhesive did not stick to the wood frame so I used a staple gun to put them on the frame. They have now been up almost a year and nothing has come down. I think I got the ones rated at 20 pounds for a 5 pound frame. I haven’t tried removing the part stuck on the wall.

  2. Very poor product … picture fell down and ripped some paint off wall in the process. Called customer service and they made false claims that they would pay for the repainting of wall in the area, but refused to do so after I submitted the work receipt, instead wanting to offer me free products. Company does not care about customer satisfaction.

  3. Everyone should be forewarned these are not for long term use. I hung pictures about 6 months ago with the correct product for weight of frames I’ve now had a total of 6 picture frames fall off my wall and shader glass everywhere 🤬

  4. Well I did follow the usage directions to the letter, and for about a yr and a half the command hook held my 2 lb clock on the wall, no issues, until it just suddenly jumped off the wall scaring the mess out of the whole family when it crashed down onto my hardwood floor. There’s just no substitute for an old fashioned screw applied into a wall stud if you wanna keep whatever you’re hanging up awhile.

  5. This product gives false sense of security… had a mirror held with more strips than required which stayed on the wall for 18months. Came home today and had crashed to the ground breaking things in its wake! If I hadw not done it right why did it stay up so long?
    My daughter had the same happen to her a precious wedding photo crashed after one year. Least you know where you are with a nail!

  6. This product is a total disaster. I hung eight pictures one afternoon. I pain stakingly prepared the wall and followed directions for each application of the photo strip, Please note: eachnof the pictures were well below the weight limit for the strip. Overnight, all of the pictures came crashing down shattering the glass in each. I had to go through the expense of repairing the pictures. This product is worthless.

  7. Save your money… These things are crap… I broke a beautiful picture frame. I hung it up and about an hour later it fell and shatter all over the place. How can they still be in business. I tried again, didn’t learn the first time…. This time no glass….. I think it lasted a couple of hours and down she went…

  8. I am so mad right now. 2 days ago we hung some very expressive art work (within the weight limits of the strips) they crashed to the ground and broke! I am calling the company today as soon as they open. I also hung a frame well under what the strip max was. It also fell off the wall and shattered the glass. So now, not only have I wasted money on the strips. But I am also out 300.00 for the artwork that was broken. I am livid!

  9. Entirely useless from having tried them, as in never stuck in the first place let alone fell off later.

    Put the pieces together, cleaned the wall with rubbing alcohol as instructed, waited for it to dry, stuck one side to the picture, removed backing, placed picture on wall, waited 30 seconds, tried to tilt up from the bottom as instructed to remove one side. Whole thing comes away. Retry, wait another 30 seconds, same result.

    So basically didn’t even complete the instructions because they failed.

    Picture weight? 800g out of a 4kg max.

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