Do Command Strips Work on Textured Walls?

Command Strips make it easier to hang almost anything on your wall without the need for drills or similar tools. As long as your decorations are lightweight and replaceable, they’re perfect for hanging from Command Strips. But do these strips work on textured walls?

Command Strips do not work on textured walls. This is because these strips come with adhesives that work best on smoother surfaces. A minimally-textured wall will work for these strips, while heavy textured ones will not let the adhesive stick to it.

In this article, I’ll discuss the best and worst surfaces for Command Strips and the best alternatives to Command Strips for textured walls. Let’s get started!

What Types of Walls Are Command Strips Best Suited For?

The Command Strips adhesive is best suited for smoother walls. However, textured walls with bumps and 3D designs might make it challenging for the strips to stick evenly. While it might help hang something lightweight, the decor might still fall over or not line up with the wall.

For example, textures such as sand swirls might be able to hold the strips. However, pronounced textures like the following are ill-suited for Command Strips:

  • Pebbles
  • Rough brush strokes with defined lines sticking out
  • Crumbly popcorn textures

If you try to put Command Strips on the above, they won’t stick properly and might have your wall installation crashing down instead.

To use Command Strips on lightly-textured walls:

  • Keep pressing on the strips until they’re fully set over the textures.
  • Make sure there are no holes between the adhesive and the wall as they can weaken the strips’ hold.
  • Ensure that you hang lightweight decors over the strips.

For example, let’s say you’re attaching photo frames. As instructed above, press on the strips such that they sit over the wall without wobbling down. After pasting the edge over the strip, hold the borders tightly for 30 seconds against the Command Strips.

Other Surfaces That Don’t Work With Command Strips

Aside from textured walls, other surfaces that can’t hold Command Strips include:

Bricks

Bricks are rough due to the clay resulting in rugged materials. Their texture is uneven, coarse, harsh, and almost chalky, making them the least suitable for wall decoration. As a result, Command Strips won’t stick to brick walls properly.

Fabrics

Adhesives and fabrics often don’t go together. Command Strips will only temporarily attach to fabrics, much like regular glue. So if your wall has a portion curtained with a beautiful mandala artwork on fabric, don’t use it to hang any decor with Command Strips. Doing so will not only destroy a beautiful piece of cloth but also tear it to pieces when you try to remove the strips.

Wallpaper

Wallpapers are a great way to beautify your walls. However, since they’re flimsy and their natural texture is lightweight, wallpapers are a terrible place to hang decors from — especially with Command Strips. These strips stick well enough that if you try to pull them from your wallpaper, the paper might tear and get ruined.

So, if you have wallpaper and want to add decorations to your wall, the best way is to cut a small hole, drill a nail or two, and attach your favorite items to those nails instead.

Alternatively, to maximize your wall’s ability to store your precious items, you can buy something like the AMADA HOMEFURNISHING Floating Shelves. It comes in different colors that go well with most walls, and you can use it in practically any type of room.

Rough Surfaces

Rough surfaces include extremely curvy surfaces, rugged wall designs, and stone-chipped walls. You should never put Command Strips on them, as these will weaken the adhesive’s hold and make it harder for you to hang any decor from your walls.

If you’re planning to revamp your interior design by adding great artworks, photos, or plants on your wall, and you intend to use Command Strips, make sure it has the right texture to allow the Strips to stick.

Conclusion

Command Strips don’t stick well to textured walls. Also, the adhesive can destroy your decor if the strip pops off. If you want to use Command Strips over your walls, make sure the walls have the texture to allow the adhesive to stick.

The walls that best accommodate Command Strips include:

  • Varnished wall
  • Painted walls
  • Tiles
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • PVC

So even if you cannot use Command Strips on textured walls, there are several other ways to use these strips. There are also other ways to decorate your walls without using Command Strips.

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