One of the biggest problems with owning things is... finding a place to put all those things.
Nerf blasters are no exception. Finding a place to put them is a pain not only because they are kinda bulky, but also because they look so darn cool that you want to show them off.
Now, if you're a typical Nerf blaster owner, chances are, you don't own your home and you can't just willy-nilly drill holes in the wall. Also, you're probably broke (because you spent all your money on blasters and darts) and can't afford to make a self-standing... stand.
Here's a solution to all these problems! I've long looked for a way to hang nerf blasters in a way similar to gun-racks. I had 3 design criteria:
1) CHEAP! - I'm a starving college student with a small stipend but big dreams on doing awesome things. I wanted to do this as cheaply as possible. (My apologies to any actual starving college student... this was to make a point...)
2) Removable - I found a lot of people used PVC or peg-board to make racks... but these people also used drills and nails... I designed this hanger for someone who has to move out every 8 months because the dorm is getting renovated again...
3) Off-The-Shelf - I've read tons of great instructables where the author laser-cut something then chucked it into his rudimentary lathe before imbuing it with paladium... sadly, we're not all blessed with a fabrication shop. I wanted to go to the store and see what I could combine or make with little to no fabrication.
And without further ado... Removable Dorm Nerf Blaster Rack!
[I will talk about 3M Command stips a lot, but I am in no way, shape, or form an affiliate of the 3M Company or any of its subsidiaries... They are the only major removable adhesive tape manufacturer I know of, so that's what I used.]
Step 1: All My Pieces...
Ok, so I'll be basing this on "Here in America." I'm sorry, but I don't know what's available anywhere else in the world. I'm fairly certain there are analogs to what I describe elsewhere... but I just don't know what they are.
So this project revolves around 2 primary items.
1) Large hooks with flat backs
The big black hooks pictured are called J-hooks. They are designed to hold your drain-pipe under the house and come in many sizes and several colors. They are also very cheap. I was able to get the large 4" ABS ones for $1.50 each. They also have a large flat back surface that allows the adhesive strips to... adhere.
I was lucky enough too to find regular wall hooks. These just happened to be at my local walmart and fit the bill. They were about a dollar as well.
You will need a minimum of 2 hooks per blaster.
2) Removable wall adhesives
3M Makes these Command strips that are designed to come off walls without leaving residue or tearing the paint/wallpaper/drywall from the joists... I've tried this with regular double-sided foam tape and I ended up needing spackle... the command strips pull right off even at the end of the semester.
They are a bit pricey, but get the bigger strips. I tried to use poster hanger-sized and they fell off after a day.
I bought the plastic box too... it was around $5 I think.