Week 4 of the One Room Challenge! This week is a perfect example of why the ORC is awesome, because if it weren’t for the ORC, I wouldn’t have gotten anything done this week! Between homework, exams, and a very special Halloween surprise, I almost didn’t work on this room at all. But thanks to the ORC I squeezed in time to hang the string lights in the reading corner of my office!
Like always, hanging we’re trying to avoid having to fill holes when we leave this rental place. But how can we install our string lights without doing damage to the walls? Command Strips to the rescue!
IMPORTANT STRING LIGHTS UPDATE!
The First Rule of Command Strips is: You do not talk about Command Strips!
The first rule of Command Strips is this:
Never try to hang something that’s heavier than the Command Strips can actually hold.
I broke this rule, and a while after I published this post, the entire light strand came crashing down. Funny enough, on the 3M website they have a list of all the Command products and the weights they can hold, but when you get to the listing for the “Quartz Spring Clip”, no weight limit is listed.
This is evidently not a challenge.
These little clips are great, but they’re not miracle workers. That said, it’s possible to use these clips to hang your string lights, you just need to use more of them than I did. Be conservative and use your best judgment (and more clips than you think you’ll need). Also, read all the directions.
Now as you read the rest of the post, please enjoy shaking your head and chuckling, “poor bastard”.
You can see from the bent package that this isn’t my first time using these clips. Not only are they removable without damaging your walls, but you can peel the adhesive off the clips and use them again with new adhesive strips. Just follow the directions on the package and make sure that there’s enough of the adhesive strip’s tab sticking out that you can grab onto it later.
Position your clips on the ceiling where you want them to hold onto your string lights.
I used four, spacing them evenly across the wall.
Carefully start draping your string lights in a regular pattern, clipping the strands to the Command clips. It can help to grab a scrap of paper and figure out the arrangement you’re aiming for in advance.
If your bulbs aren’t already installed, install them onto your strand now. I love that I was able to arrange my strand without the bulbs clacking around the whole time!
Since there’s no on/off switch on the string lights, an outlet remote is a lifesaver. You might remember me using these in the master bedroom I designed for last fall’s One Room Challenge. I fell in love with them then and I’ve never looked back! Here are the ones I’m using in this room.
We’re done! These string lights provide just enough light to read by when you’re sitting in the corner chair. There’s nothing cozier than a warm, glowing light. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get comfortable and dig into a favorite book / anthropology essay!
Don’t forget to check out the other participants in the One Room Challenge!
See the rest of the study / studio / studdio project!
- Study? Studio? Studdio Design (before photos) – ORC Week 1
- Editing: The Unglamorous Side of Design – ORC Week 2
- DIY Removable Wallpaper in the Studdio – ORC Week 3
- Hanging String Lights Without Damage – ORC Week 4
- Fast Desk Organization – ORC Week 5