The Best Four Ways to Hang Foamboard Prints

Foam Core, foam board, or paper-faced foam board is a material that is easily cut and lightweight, making it perfect for mounting photographic prints. Foamboard is similar to cardboard in that it is two sheets of paper with a layer of foam in the middle and is our best selling product - hence our name! However, sometimes it can be tricky deciding how to hang this material best to display those beautiful prints. Through plenty of research and testing, we have found the best 4 ways to hang foamboard prints.

1. Standoffs

These standoff screws, more commonly known as signage fasteners, are used to create a three-dimensional display without the use of a frame. There are two styles of standoffs: a through-grip and an edge grip. A thorough grip style will require holes to be drilled into your picture, whereas an edge grip can potentially leave dents on the edges of the art. A through kind is very secure, as it is composed of a barrel, cap, and wall screw. Wall screws provide a great form of worry-free hanging but require some permanent damage to the wall by drilling a hole. Both standoffs styles will help create a unique three-dimensional look, as the foam board will be hung away from the wall. This style is best suited for heavier or more significant pieces and is typically seen in offices or lobbies featuring artwork. The effect that standoffs create is elegant, but they require damage to the wall itself and potentially your foam board print.

brass stand off screws

2. 3m Putty

This adhesive putty solution will work on most porous and non-porous surfaces alike. It is designed for removable mounting applications that are perfect for artwork, papers, and photos printed on foam board. Testing verified that it is a reusable material tacky to the touch but not greasy.  One downside to this option is that it can stain the wall for long-term use. This depends on the material of the wall, however, and the Putty has been shown to stick to some different surfaces. Surfaces that were tested included brick walls that were both painted and bare, plastic walls, traditional drywall, glass, cement, and metal hanging surfaces. Another downside to this material is that it does seem to be affected by seasonal changes in temperature. Freezing temperatures required a little more effort to get it to stick.   To use it, you take a small amount and knead it in your hand to warm it up, and then solidly press it onto your wall. Theoretically, this means that the Putty and hanging spaces are adjustable, but it could lose its sticking power with too many moves. Aside from potential staining, this is a damage-free hanging solution.

3m super red putty 12 pack

3. Double Sided Adhesive Strips

This is a kind of clear tape coated with a photo-safe, permanent adhesive on both sides. This doesn't mean that it is permanently affixed, but it is relatively solid and challenging to remove if a foam board print needs to be moved. Its strong stickiness means that your foam board probably won't go anywhere, but it could also take the paint off the surface when removed. These strips are unique in that they are simple to use. Both sides of the strip are sticky, so when you remove the backing of them, you can either place them on the wall and stick your foam board up or stick them to your foam board and then to the wall.

clear sided tape for crafts

4. Double-Sided Velcro Tape

Remember being a kid and the convenience of Velcro on shoes? Velcro has brought that same kind of convenience for hanging foam board in the form of a cut to length tape sold in lengths of six feet to thirty feet. This makes it entirely customizable and perfect for foam board prints that are big or small. It offers a secure hold by attaching with a strong adhesive to the wall and the image, and it is ideal for the photographs that you want to display and be able to take off the wall if someone wants to take a closer look. While sticky enough to hold, the adhesive has not damaged walls or the prints when removed. The easiest way to mount your foam board is by cutting squares of about an inch in size and attaching one to each of the corners of the print. Artwork and photos are a great way to spruce up bare walls, and foam board's customizable options are perfect for a lightweight option for photos and prints. Finding the best way to secure the foam board to the wall without long-term damage to the print or the wall can be difficult. There are many options, but many require damage to the photo or the wall and are not suited to as many applications as the customizable Velcro tape rolls.

Also, apart from foamboard prints, take a look at what other kind of board signs you can go with that we have on offer:

Other Board Signs

Acrylic Signs

double-sided velcro tape
Perhaps one of the most versatile materials out there, an acrylic sign is an excellent choice for just about any business.The flexible plastic from which the acrylic signs are made is durable and lightweight. So, whatever your need, there is a strong chance acrylic signage can provide a permanent and durable solution. Get in touch with Foamcoreprint.com today to discuss how we can solve your signage needs!

PVC Signs

PVC Signs are made from lightweight compressed foam board with a matte finish made of the material known as polyvinyl chloride. PVC signs are typically used for outdoor signage and their longevity depends on weather, direct sunlight, and material thickness. PVC signs can be found everywhere - outdoor advertising, retail stores, and even your home! One reason why they're so common is that they're easy to manufacture and install.

Styrene Signs

Styrene signs are a unique material that can be utilized for indoor or outdoor usage. Commonly used for restaurant menus and trade show displays, they are very convenient because they are lightweight and can uphold harsh conditions. When printing on Styrene, make sure your photos are high-resolution though. Otherwise, your styrene prints won’t turn out with the highest quality possible.

Magnetic Signs

Magnets are weather resistant and won't suffer in quality. If they are properly maintained and cleaned, they typically last 1-2 years. If you rely on your vehicle for business, a custom magnet car sign would be the best solution to spread your message or improve your branding day in and out. As far as magnetic vehicle signs go, here at Foamcoreprint.com, your satisfaction with them has a 100% quality guarantee.

Gator Board Signs

Gator board signs can be used for many things, and we are here to fulfill your needs. Whether you are making a presentation panel, having your favorite artwork printed, or making your businesses' logo, the gator board sign we produce for you will be staying strong and beautiful for years to come.
So, don’t be afraid to start a live chat or contact us to help you make the best product selection for your next project.

FAQs

1. Can you hang a foam board?

Yes, you can hang a foam board using a variety of methods. Some people use wire, staples, or nails to attach the foam board to the wall. Others choose to use adhesive mounting tape or sticky Putty instead.

2. What is the best adhesive for foam board?

Many different adhesives could be used to attach foam boards. The best adhesive will depend on the surface you want to adhere to and what kind of material your foam is made out of. The best that we can recommend is  Acrylic glue for foamboard.

3. Can Liquid Nails be used on foam board?

Yes, Liquid Nails can be used on foam board. However, it is essential to read the instructions before applying them to the surface of your project.

4. Does Gorilla Glue work on foam board?

Gorilla glue is a heavy-duty adhesive that can be used on foam boards. This type of glue will hold the board together and stick to any surface it touches.

5. How do you hang a foam board poster?

To hang a foam board poster, you will need to use two nails that are at least an inch long. Place the nail in the wall and place your thumb over it. With your other hand, hold the top of the foam board. Push down on both hands with enough force so that the nail is pushed all of the way into the wall. Once this has been done for both nails, remove your thumbs from them and let go of one side of the foam board while pushing down on it again with your other hand. Repeat this for the other side of the foam board. This will cause the poster to hang up.
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Frequently asked Questions

Yes, you can hang a foam board using a variety of methods. Some people use wire, staples, or nails to attach the foam board to the wall. Others choose to use adhesive mounting tape or sticky Putty instead.
Many different adhesives could be used to attach foam boards. The best adhesive will depend on the surface you want to adhere to and what kind of material your foam is made out of. The best that we can recommend is Acrylic glue for foamboard.
Yes, Liquid Nails can be used on foam board. However, it is essential to read the instructions before applying them to the surface of your project.
Gorilla glue is a heavy-duty adhesive that can be used on foam boards. This type of glue will hold the board together and stick to any surface it touches.
To hang a foam board poster, you will need to use two nails that are at least an inch long. Place the nail in the wall and place your thumb over it. With your other hand, hold the top of the foam board. Push down on both hands with enough force so that the nail is pushed all of the way into the wall. Once this has been done for both nails, remove your thumbs from them and let go of one side of the foam board while pushing down on it again with your other hand. Repeat this for the other side of the foam board. This will cause the poster to hang up.
2 Comments
  1. Dennis

    Great article thank you! I have a foamex board print that arrived with a nick in the back foam edge :-( is there an easy way to fix this either by filling it somehow ( i even considered toothpaste!) , or a safe way to sand down the rest of the edge? its only about 3mm but notices on a dark wall. Any help very much appreciated :-)

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