Get your party started with Command™ Ceiling Hooks. Hang paper lanterns, poms and other decorations from your ceiling and transform your room. And like all Command™ Products, they hold strongly and remove cleanly, so you can live it up without worrying about taking them down.
Thumbtacks are the simplest of the three, which you can easily pop right through your decoration and onto the ceiling. These are best for lighter objects. You can also use a hammer for nails and hooks, or a drill for screws in your ceiling, which you will be able to tie your objects to or hang them from.
Choose a sturdy attachment that can hold your heavy object.
If you're hanging something lighter, like a bassinet, you may want to use a screw-eye hook instead. Pick something with a thread that's at least 2 1⁄2 in (6.4 cm) long, so it can securely fit through the drywall as well as the ceiling joist.
Screw hooks, or cup hooks, come in a variety of sizes. A screw hook has a threaded end that fits in the ceiling like a screw and a hook end you can use to hold the mobile. Small ones are more than capable of handling most mobiles.
Function. Command hooks are designed to safely adhere to various surfaces, including plaster, stained, painted or varnished wood, glass, tile, painted cinder block, wallboard and metal. However, command hooks will not stick to uneven surfaces like brick or popcorn ceilings.
Ceilings are another matter, though, thanks to the direct downward pull of gravity. The average 2×4 ceiling joists can't safely hold more than around 15 to 20 pounds regardless of the hanging hardware you use.
Climb up a ladder until you reach the part of the ceiling where you want to insert the screw hook. Screw hooks can be used with a variety of different material, so it can most likely be inserted into your ceiling. Cement and cinder blocks can be extremely difficult to screw hooks into and should typically be avoided.
Some of the best adhesive hooks to use are Command strips or hooks such as the 3M Command Ceiling Hooks from Amazon.com. These hooks work pretty well when hanging small items, and some even sport adjustable hooks. You can use them to hang lightweight light fixtures, ceiling decor, or party lights from your ceiling.
Cup hooks, also called screw hooks, can be carefully drilled into popcorn ceilings with a variable-speed drill. First, ensure that there is no metal in the area in which you want to put the hook. You should also use a stud finder before drilling anywhere in your home.
You can hide a popcorn ceiling by installing rigid foam ceiling tiles, drywall panels, or even wood planking right over the existing texture. Feather-light decorative foam ceiling panels can be installed with adhesive, while drywall and wood must be attached to the ceiling joists with nails or screws.
If you're planning on hanging a mobile from the ceiling, be sure to use a baby mobile hanger to securely affix the mobile at a height your baby can't reach. They shouldn't be able to grab and pull the mobile when they're standing, sitting, or lying on their back.
Screws (and screws with masonry anchors for heavy items) are your best choice for hanging things on plaster walls without picture rail. For lighter items, simply screwing into the plaster with a 1 1/4” drywall screw is usually enough to get the job done.
How much weight can drywall hold without a stud? Typically around 20 pounds. For heavy items, you may need to double up or hang from a stud. With a cheap plastic wall anchor, like the ones most products include in the box, drywall can hold about 20 pounds.
Yes, you can use drywall anchors in a ceiling. Common types include toggle bolts, expansion, and self-drilling anchors. They are made of plastic or steel and come in varying sizes to hold different amounts of weight.
The vertical wires are typically pretty easy to avoid: avoid drilling/nailing above a receptacle or light switch, or, if you have to, avoid missing on the side that the receptacle is nailed to.