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How to Hang a Wall Clock Without Nails

When you want to hang your timepiece on the wall, but you can't because your landlord won't like nails in the wall, or you want to hang it on a surface that won't take nails well, you have to get creative. Maybe you're trying to hang a heavy or large clock and worried about the kind of support that it needs. Perhaps your clock is oddly-shaped, and you're not sure where its centre of gravity is in order to best hold itself on the wall.

For those special cases and a few others, we're going to go through some alternatives to get that clock right where you want it. 

 1. Adhesive Strips

You can pick up a pack of adhesive strips in a hardware or craft store. They're usually meant for pictures, but for a wall clock, they'll work just the same. After making sure that the back of the clock is flat and clean, select the spot that you want to hang your clock and clean the area well. Once you've applied the strips evenly around the back of the clock, you can press the clock to the wall and hold for 30 seconds. Be aware of the strength that the strips are meant to hold and don't exceed that limit, otherwise, you risk your clock falling from the wall and getting damaged.

A similar method is to use an adhesive hook, and then hang your clock on that. This option is well-suited to larger clocks that have more weight. If there are enough divots, use more than one hook in order to help share the load and spread out the weight evenly. It's a good idea to test the hooks' strength once the adhesive has set by pulling downward with your fingers or a length of the string. If you have a luggage scale, use that in combination with the string in order to assess whether or not the hooks can handle the weight.

 How to hang a clock with adhesive strips rather than nails 


2. From the Ceiling

These kinds of clocks usually come with most of their own hardware for hanging, such a pole or two extending from the top of the clock with the intention to be ceiling-mounted. For these clocks, nails or screws are often best and nailing it to a support beam offers the ideal mounting place. You can try adhesive strips for these clocks, but be very mindful of the weight the strips can hold.

For a clock without the included hardware for a ceiling installation, it can be an opportunity to get creative. Likely, you won't want to drill into your own clock to attach hardware and run the risk of ruining the clock. However, you can buy or create a case for the clock out of glass or clear acrylic and install a hanging system to the case. With the clock inside (and still easy to access for repair or battery changes), you can mount the clock to the ceiling. Tip: check out what the view of the clock is from behind so you can position the clock's behind discreetly.

 How to hang a clock from a rail or the ceiling


3. Hanging from Crown Moulding

This is a great option for old houses that don't have modern structured walls. Picture rail is an alternative if your home doesn't already have crown moulding. Start by marking off where you want the clock to hang, and then mark the molding in the center above the clock. Place a hook in the marked spot of the crown molding. Attach the cord to the back of the clock, aligning it with the 12-hour mark, and make sure it's secure. Then hang the cord from the hook and center your clock.

For oddly-shaped clocks, see if you're able to make more than one point of contact with the cord that will hang from the picture rail. It may also be a good idea to have two hooks in the moulding in order to distribute the weight better if you're trying to hang a heavier clock, or you're concerned about the integrity of the moulding. Test the hooks with the cord by hanging something durable that weighs about the same as your clock to ensure that your clock will be well-supported.

 How to hang a clock from a picture rail


4. Placing on a Shelf

One of the best spots for a clock is where everyone will see it. A shelf or mantel is an ideal spot that is generally off to the side but in a highly-trafficked area. Some clocks are even designed with a base to be placed on a flat surface. They come in modern and antique styles, so there's something no matter your taste.

A clock can look pretty cute tucked into a study's bookshelves. Consider using the clock as a way to section or bookend your trinkets or books. It can help create a visual break between similar décor and offer useful information when you're short on space. If you wanting to place a round clock on the shelf, make sure to support it well. Either use something like bookends to bracket the clock in place or make sure it's nestled tightly within its spot. Small trinkets can be used to help wedge the clock into place.


  Position a clock on a shelf rather than hanging it


5. Get Creative!

Is there a hook somewhere around your home that you wouldn't expect to put a clock? Maybe some wire and a key rack already nailed into the wall is all you need. Poke around your home and take a look at all the spots that a clock could inhabit. Maybe you have an old piece of art that just doesn't speak to you the same way anymore; that may be just the right spot for your clock to take over.

 Hang a clock from the ceiling!


Take a look at how some of Bramwell Brown's customers have hung their clocks!