When you need an adhesive you can use with the least amount of fuss, look to good old-fashioned double-sided tape. While some have a paper backing, others come in fancy dispensers, and some more strongly resemble gel than tape, the job remains the same: to hold fast and take the place of glue, nails, or screws. Whether you are working on a home decor project or scrapbooking your way through the weekend, there is a double-sided tape for every artistic use—and not all are created equal. Browse our selection below to find the best one for your needs.
1. Scotch Double Sided Tape
The draw of this light-duty Scotch-brand double-sided tape is its ease of application. Unlike the cumbersome rolls that you have to slice and peel, this tape is ready to roll in its own pull-and-cut dispenser. Both sides of tape are coated with exposed adhesive right off the roll, so you have to be decisive and work quickly with your taping jobs. On the other hand, you won’t have to struggle with any hard-to-remove liner before laying your artwork in place. This six-roll pack will keep your office and home well supplied.
2. Gorilla Double Sided Mounting Tape
Gorilla is known for a wide range of products (including glue) delivering foolproof adhesion. And while tape is often the simplest option, it’s also sometimes the only option when it comes to adhering pieces to surfaces that you’re not able to drill a hole into. This tape will hold up to 15 pounds, making it ideal for frames, small devices, and items that you wish to mount without the fuss of a hammer and nails.
3. Alvin Double Sided Tape
Alvin’s double-sided tape is an essential tool for any artist’s or draftsman’s studio, great for mounting repro films, fixing a ruler in place for slip-free cutting, attaching a cutting board to a table or a protective cover to a drawing board. The tape holds firmly on most smooth surfaces, and removes easily.
4. XFasten Double Sided Carpet Tape
When your canvas is your home, consider a heavy-duty roll of XFasten tape. This affordably-priced roll is strong enough to keep even the heaviest of area rugs in place, even as your children dance and twirl across its stage. What’s more, it has great adhesion to smooth and rough surfaces alike, making it ideal for home decor projects. And when you’re ready to move that item you’ve so carefully taped in place, the tape peels right off with no residue left behind.
5. Lineco Acid Free Handhelt ATG Tape
For any project for which archival quality is a concern, use an acid-free tape like this one from Lineco. Whether you’re adhering paper to the backs of frames or mounting a collage to a backing board, this transfer tape will ensure the longevity of your artwork. A handheld tape, it works just like tapes used in tape guns, but no applicator is needed. The 2 mil tape dries clear and ultraflat.