Posters are not generally considered the most adult thing to have hanging in your home. Traditional canvas art and framed photos are generally more accepted.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t hang your favorite posters in your apartment or house. You just need to know how to do it the right way. We’re going to show you how to hang posters like a grown-up so you can represent whatever you want without looking like your teenage bedroom.
General Poster Hanging Tips
Before we jump into specific methods of hanging your posters on the wall, let’s talk about some general poster tips that’ll make your home look better.
- Keep posters tasteful.
- Don’t go too loud with images and art.
- Think about the message your poster is sending.
- Avoid themes that could be offensive to people who come to your home.
- Aim for posters that feature more minimal designs.
Basically, just think about what the poster you’re hanging on the wall means. Sure, a giant weed leaf was cool to have when you were 16, but is that something you really want to have hanging on your wall when you’re in your 20s or 30s?
1. Frame It
This is the 100-percent the best way to hang a poster. If you put it in a frame, it will look less like a poster and more like a piece of art, which is far more appropriate for an adult home. Obviously, this is the most expensive way to hang your posters, since you’ll need to spend money on a frame (or lots of frames, depending on how many posters you’re looking to hang). While it might cost the most, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment, as your home will look so much nicer.
Here are a few poster frames you can find online:
- Americanflat 24×36 inch Black Poster Frame
- 2-Pack Styleline Poster Frame
- Mainstays 24×36 Basic Poster Frame, Set of 2
2. Poster Rails
Next to frames, poster rails are the second-best option for putting posters on the wall like a grown-up. Instead of just having them hanging all the wall loosely, rails on the top and bottom of the poster create a look that’s akin to a frame, but for less money. It won’t create the same clean look, but if you’re looking to hang up a lot of posters, the savings will add up.
Here are some affordable poster rails you can buy:
- IKEA VISBÄCK Poster Hanger (These are how I hang my posters)
- Displaysworker Banner Rails
- Vistaprint Poster Rails
If you’re on a budget and you just want the posters to look passable, adhesives stuck to the poster will do the job, but it won’t look nearly as nice as the other two options. Still, in a pinch, it’s better than sticking visible thumbtacks through the poster and the wall, and if you get the right ones, they won’t do any damage to the wall when you remove them.
Here are the best poster adhesives you can get:
- Loctite Home and Office 2-ounce Pack Fun-tak
- Command PH024-64NA Small White Poster Strips
- Duck Brand Reusable and Removable Poster Putty
What to Avoid When Hanging Posters
The three methods outlined above are all pretty good ways to hang your posters that will look good on your wall (assuming you follow the general posted tips to keep things tasteful). With that in mind, there are some ways you probably don’t want to hang your posters:
- Thumbtacks: These were great when we were kids, but they look sloppy.
- Tape over the corners: Again, looks sloppy
- Nails: I don’t know who’s using nails to hang a poster, but please don’t.
- Mounting tape: This super-strong tape is meant to hold heavy stuff to walls. It’s overkill for posters and could damage your wall when removed.