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. You can examine out of the image on normal paper to
    ascertain if they have the top size. Most of the
    Oaxacan artisans reference them as wooden figures (figuras), which represents your pet
    that they are carved from. By taking the time to gauge the necessity of the
    artwork you are interested in framing, creating a little research and asking some essential questions, you will end up fully happy to really increase the
    risk for right choices.

    If you’re really averse to command, use Monkey Hooks and buy them on e bay with free shipping. Just sayin’. command isn’t the only product out there. … However, word to the wise. …

    They work. But I have a tendency to underestimate the weight that they will hold. Now I have learned, and actually have to weigh (or overestimate) how much weight I will expect the command strips or the hooks to hold.

    THEY COST A LOT, BUT 3M has best quality.
    I don’t like the price, though. Usually people who are in an apartment need a lot of hangers because we cannot use nails. Soooo, add up the costs, and it’s ridiculous. I mean, 3M makes good products (think of the difference between their window film and that of the cheap store brand, and it’s wortth the money). …

  3. Yes, I swear by the Command strips. I have everything that hangs on my walls attached with command strips. I love the Velcro ones since they let you move items around. I have only had one picture frame fall down within a few weeks of placing it on my wall. It was my fault thou because I didn’t use the right size of hooks for it. It was a very large frame picture which easily weighed more then 5 pounds. I only had some small strips on hand and used them but I added a few extra. Bottom line, use the right size strips for the weight of the item and make sure the wall and item is clean (I use the eye glass cleaner wipes) before applying the strips. Also, make sure that you apply pressure like the directions state for 30 seconds. Try them the right way and you will love them.

  4. Used to hang four stockings up. Today went to pull them down and it took the paint with them.. wall is ruined… ill never purchase these again

  5. I bought command strips to use in an apartment i stayed in while my house was being rebuilt after a fire. THEY ARE HORRIBLE!!!! Every single one of my pictures has fallen off the wall tearing off strip. All lightweight but slowly but surely each one has failed……worst product ever…..and yes i read and followed directions.

  6. 60 years experience of diy, and these hooks exasperate me. I like the different styles as some ítems require different kinds of hooks. However, my latest venture, following ALL the instructions, to put a clear plastic soapdish on the bathroom Wall, and a matching toothbrush holder, has had the same result as everything else. With nothing in the containers and using 25kg hooks, they fell off overnight. I use impact glue to secure them. It can be cleaned off the wall if necessary.

  7. Had a similar incident at Xmas last. The command strips would not hold the stocking on our heater/fireplace on the front piece. So we actually put them horizontal and used a 90 degree edge to help with the weight of our stockings. We found out 50% of the time the command strip would release even on an empty stocking! After getting some to stick we used them through xmas. Following xmas we went to remove them and doing as directed and pulling the end piece, the end piece ended up ripping off leaving the strip still stuck. We then had to pop the strip off and it removed the black vaneer on the fireplace! Now I have serveral spots all over the wop of the fireplace. I will never use command strips for anything.

  8. This product is absolutely horrible from wall hangers to command strips they fall of the walls can’t begin to tell you how much money I have spent on command hooks and they are no good don’t waste your money even called command hook toll free number and agent told me to return them how would you like me to return them after I have used it on my wall!!! Very dissatisfied customer.

  9. The worst product ever. It would pull off completely your wall paint and texture. I call the customer service and they won’t do anything for you. The worst experience. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!

  10. They work perfectly fine. It’s the instructions that people never read. Someone claimed they removed paint, but ripped it off the wall. Another tried hanging framed portraits over 4lbs on their weakest version. I feel like most of the flack this product gets is from the lack of understanding how adhesives work or just never bothering to read the instructions.

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