How To Mount Speakers On Wall Without Drilling Holes: Explained

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You have just the perfect set of speakers to match your wall, but oh no! Mounting them on the wall requires drilling holes in them? You don’t want your beautiful wall or wallpaper to have holes in it. Or worse, your landlord won’t allow it!

Looking for alternatives is your only option.

How to mount speakers on wall without drilling holes?

It’s a good idea to use adhesives instead of drills according to the weight of your speakers. The best example would be Alien Tape. Or, use command hooks. But in both cases, the weight of the speaker should be noted.

Hold on, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you want the full instruction, you’ll need to spare a few minutes and read along!

Let’s go dive under the surface now!

Why You Shouldn’t  Mount Speakers Without Drilling Holes

First things first, how good of an idea is it to mount speakers without drills? The reason we use drills, to begin with, is to secure the speakers. So will your speakers be secure without them? There are some instances when you shouldn’t mount your speakers without drilling.

Reason 1: Heavy Speakers

The con about adhesives is that they cannot support all that weight. High-quality speakers are often heavy to provide that deep bass. Moreover, the vibrations resounding from the bass and volume of speakers put more tension. There is no way adhesives can handle them.

In summary, speakers that exceed 3.5 Kg (13 lbs) are not suitable for adhesives. It’s not safe and might fall off unexpectedly. 

If you are planning on hanging the speakers using their handles, stop! According to the laws of physics, the weight is magnified in that condition. So you better use adhesive on the body of your light speaker.

Reason 2: Expensive Speakers

We all like to indulge in something we adore. Speakers and sound systems might be the ones for you. But hanging them on walls without drilling? That’s a whole different story. 

Yes. you don’t want to damage your walls to mount some speakers. But it just is not worth it if the speakers cost a fortune. The risk of them falling to the ground can be minimal, but not non-existent.

If your speakers are expensive, you’d better drill them in to mount them on the walls.

Reason 3: Incompatible Walls

One of the prerequisites of using adhesive to mount speakers is to have compatible walls. It is very important you prepare your walls before sticking anything on them. Otherwise, the substance might not stick properly. Or worse, the exterior coat of your wall might crumble off. Especially so if you are using strong adhesives.

Therefore, some of the cases to avoid using adhesives on your walls are if you have: 

  • Plastered walls
  • Uneven walls
  • Textured walls

Old plastered walls’ primer and paint might come off since they are not as strong. And once crumbling starts at one point of the wall, it’ll spread gradually. 

Textured and uneven walls fail to create an airtight seal with the adhesives. The cracks eventually make them come loose. Adhesives go nicely with plain surfaces and not so much with porous surfaces. So bare bricks or the like won’t hold them for long either.

You need to have even walls to mount speakers with adhesives like alien tape. Better if they are laminated, wooden, or tiled walls.

Mounting Speakers on Wall Without Drilling Holes

We know now the optimal conditions for using adhesives for mounting speakers on walls. The optimal weight of the speaker is not over 4 Kgs (15 lbs) maximum. And the walls should have a strong, plain surface. 

If you have tiles on your walls, make sure to pick an even surface. For example, thicker-than-wall-accent tiles can create an uneven surface. Those areas are not ideal, so you’d want to avoid them.

Let’s get started with the procedure of mounting our speakers on the wall.

Alternative 1: Alien Tape

Alien Tape can handle up to 10-12 lbs of weight. The handy thing about alien tape is that it can stick to almost any surface. Including metal, wood, and most plastics. 

To get started measure the sides of the speakers you want to stick on the wall. Then you’ll have to cut the tape accordingly. Once you do that, stick them on the wall where you want your speakers.

The reason we recommend sticking the tape on the wall is because of precision. Having the tape on the speaker will have you blindly sticking it on the wall. You won’t be able to pull it off at once. So sticking it on the wall first is the better choice.

Once you stick the adhesive on the wall, press the speaker on them. If your speaker is wired, make sure to keep a leeway for the wire. Sticking the wires alongside might not be a good idea. Hard to plug new electric outlets will need the plug to go in straight. So do measure the length of the wire before sticking.

After the speakers are nice and tightly stuck, keep them there without playing any sound. You want to keep them fixed without vibration for a while. After about 15 minutes, feel free to play whatever you want!

Alternative 2: Command Hooks

Command hooks are another handy item for not just your speakers, but about anything! You can hang almost anything on them, but with a limited weight capacity. They can support the weight of objects less than 3.5 Kg (7.5). Some of the recommended brands are:

Using these is also convenient because you can find them anywhere. Home improvement shops, grocery stores, or even the department store around the corner! So replacing them is easy too.

You have to make sure your speakers are compatible with common hooks. They need to have slots for the hook to go in. Otherwise, you won’t be able to hang them on. But the good news is, most mountable speakers come with those slots.

Once you have the command hooks, stick them according to your speakers’ specifications. Make sure you have the distance between each hook right. Once they’re on the wall, give them a nice press before hanging your speakers. 

You’re done! Play that favorite song and create the perfect ambiance for you.

One fabulous thing to note is, you can get them off whenever you want! Alien Tape or command hooks, both products come off the wall easily. Without even an inkling of damage to your wall. So rest assured and stick however many tape or hooks you need. However, you don’t want textured walls or rigged walls to stick these to. So be careful about that.

FAQs

Question: What do I do if the adhesives are not sticking to my wall?

Answer: The most probable reason behind the adhesive not sticking is dirt in between. If there is a good amount of dirt between the wall and the glue, it won’t stick. To prevent this, wipe the wall’s surface with isopropyl or rubbing alcohol.

Question: What do I do if my speakers don’t have slots for command hooks?

Answer: You can try using Alien Tape instead. It can support whatever command hooks can and don’t require slots. Or you can use a glue gun to glue the hooks to your speaker’s surface. Since the hooks are usually metal and speakers plastic, they should come off easily.

Question: What if I don’t want to use Alien Tape or command hooks?

Answer: If you’re unwilling to use adhesives, your best bet is to go for speaker stands. You can buy a model that fits your speaker and room. Another alternative would be using nails. Although technically you’re not drilling holes into the wall, they’ll create tiny holes. 

Question: Do I have to replace the Alien Tape or command hooks after a while?

Answer: While it’s not mandatory to replace them, it is recommended if possible. Every adhesive slowly loses its temper over time. And since we’re hanging valuables using them, we don’t want to take chances. If you can make the extra effort, do replace them after 6-8 weeks.

Conclusion

Are you still unsure about how to mount speakers on wall without drilling holes? We bet not! This detailed analysis should have helped you choose the best alternative for you. 

Command hooks should do for speakers under 3.5 Kg (7.5 lbs). Heavier speakers will need Alien Tape. Is it worth mounting speakers that exceed 15 lbs or are expensive? That’s on you.

Hope you have a great time until you find your way to us again!

Melissa Hawkins