How to do Clipboards in a Rental Home

Today is my first Rental Home post!  As some of you may know, we just made a big move across the country from the sunny Desert to the green Midwest.  We are only here in the Midwest for a few years and then will be heading back to the southwest, so we decided a rental home was our best option.  Today I am sharing a quick DIY that I put together down in our basement, How do to Clipboards in a Rental Home.  And I had to take mine one step further, How to do Clipboards in a Rental Home with Cement Block Walls.

Clipboards on Cement Wall
This was such a simple project and my oh my it made such a big difference for me!  As I mentioned, we are renting this home for two years so we can’t make any major changes or impacts to the home.  My new craft and office space is in the basement.  I am so thankful for bright white walls down there, but they also are concrete block… with a lot of texture.  It’s definitely possible to nail or screw things into concrete, but I’m not so sure my landlord would appreciate that!  So, I got creative with the easiest idea on how I could hang my clipboards.

supply list

Tall + Thin piece of wood trim
Three short nails
White Paint
Hot.Glue Gun

Clipboards Rental Wall supplies
I painted a small wood trim piece about 6′ in length with a couple coats of white paint.  After the trim piece was dry, I held it up behind my desk.  I measured the spacing I would need to hang three clipboards along this trim piece without them hanging below the desktop.

I then set the trim down on the ground and hammered in three small white nails.  My trim piece actually stood upright along the wall fairly easily, but once I put the clipboards on it, it would slowly slide to one side or the other.  So, keeping with a rental friendly themed project, I used just a few small areas of hot.glue to help hold the trim in place.  The hot.glue isn’t holding the trim to the wall, it’s simply acting like guides, not allowing the trim to move side to side.

Clipboards Rental Wall steps
I’ve been so pleased with how this turned out!

Clipboards Rental Wall zoom
I had originally thought about using command hooks, but I don’t believe they would have worked well with the texture of the wall.

Clipboards Rental Wall zoom2

Clipboards Cement Wall
I am really loving my little space.  I’ve been working feverishly getting everything setup, organized and of course pretty.

Clipboards Rental Wall detail

Clipboards Rental Wall overall
My crafting nook is the last space in the house that I setup and with it pretty much done, I am so happy to say I feel like I can start getting back into making mode!  #makersgonnamake

Clipboards on Cement Rental Wall
Are you in a rental home or apartment?  Have you overcome any rental related struggles?  I have all kinds of little ideas like this coming up in the near future!

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12 thoughts on “How to do Clipboards in a Rental Home

  1. I’ve been wanting to hang clipboards at work so the kitchen staff has a clue as to what is coming at them in catering for the week. I think your idea will work out perfectly, thank you!

  2. I’ve been using clip boards as well in my rental home. It’s a lot easier than trying to put up things that will put major holes in the walls beyond repair! I’ve painted mine fun colors and geometric shapes which is always fun too! Love all of your small pin wheel-esque decorations around them too! 🙂

    1. Ah, love the idea of painting clipboards fun colors! I use washi tape on a few of the ones I have in other rooms.

  3. Hello from the blog hop! These are great! I always use clipboards at work, and I’ve taken to using them to decorate around the house as well!

  4. Very clever! Are you sure there aren’t wood pieces along the top of the wall that you could nail your trim piece too? My last house had cinder block walls in part of the basement and there were wood pieces along the top.

    I love how the clipboards look!


    1. I wish, Tania! The basement is fairly unfinished so their is just exposed ceiling that goes straight to cement block wall. Thanks for the tip, though. =)

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