Many people living in rented accommodation, from college dorms to condos and apartments, find themselves in the same situation – you want to hang a guitar on the wall, but the lease will not allow you to just drill or screw the hanger into the wall.
Sure you can put a guitar on a stand, but when floor space is at a premium, hanging a guitar is the most sensible option. it also helps if you have small kids or a large dog running around, which puts your guitar at constant risk of getting knocked over, or worse still landed on.
Thankfully, there’s actually a cheap and easy solution to your issue – and it’s not just functional, it looks good too.
Why you might not be able to drill
Most rental contracts state that a tenant cannot do any more than normal wear and tear. That means that drilling into the wall to hang a guitar is a no-no, to the point that many rental contracts expressly forbid any kind of drilling.
People will also say that any hole can just be spackled and painted, but that’s a lot of hassle and will cost you time and money in tools and supplies. Plus it’s one more thing to do on moving out day.
There’s also the added issue that some houses are just badly made, and while you might be able to find a stud, it might be a risk hanging something as heavy as some guitars. While some Ibanez and similar guitars are actually quite light, a good Les Paul can easily run north of 10lbs – would you want to risk hanging 10lbs on a command strip on the wall of your dorm?
There are also adhesive options for hanging guitars, but you’re really just hanging your guitar on paint at that point – is it worth it?
Finally, you can use one of those closet guitar hangers – but who wants to keep a guitar in the closet?
Cheap and simple solution for no drill guitar wall hanger
Thankfully, a Japanese company called Labrico makes these cheap and simple 2 x 4 brackets that allow you to stand a piece of 2 X 4 to act as a madeshift stud.
The brackets are available in a variety of colors and are secured against the ceiling and floor (with a thumbwheel at the ceiling side to adjust height and ensure a tight fit) with non-slip pads on either end ensure there is no damage to either.
Once the bracket is in place, you simply attach a guitar wall hanger as you normally would to a stud in the wall, and you’re ready to roll! Each stud promises to hold 20kg, which at 44lbs is really enough for three or more guitars – or two guitars and a little room left over from people roughly putting the guitar on and off the wall.
But why stop there! With a little outside the box thinking, you can easily create an entire wall display of guitars – no drilling, no screws, no messy adhesives.
Having the post outside the wall also gives you piece of mind to know that your guitar is hanging safely.
An easy DIY project
For DIY novices, it may take a few tries to get the wood post exactly vertical, but a cheap and simple level is your friend.
Even for those with no DIY experience, this is actually a very simple and risk free project – all you need is a set of brackets, a 2×4 cut to fit the ceiling height, a level, a screwdriver, and your choice of wall hanger (they all come with the screws you need).
And when moving day comes, you can just take it all down and get on with your life – no spackle, no painting. Simple!
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