A woman’s rent-friendly shelf tore up her wall, sparking debate

A woman on TikTok recently attempted to remove her “rent-friendly” shelving only to rip off a significant portion of her bathroom’s drywall in the process.

In a now-viral video, user Liss (@elbow48) showed off the hole left by removing the shelf and her attempts to fix it. Her video quickly erupted in discussion, with many sharing their own stories of being fooled by self-proclaimed “rent safe” products.

Liss’ video currently has over 7.9 million views, with a follow-up getting over 1.3 million views.

@elbow48 this whole move has been CRAZY but the new house is so dirty I can’t wait to clean it!! #cleantok #drywallrepair #amateurandnotgoingwell ♬ Original sound – Liss

“A few months ago I put up these ‘tenant-friendly’ shelves. Spoiler alert: They’re not rental friendly and they ripped off half my wall,” says Liss in the original video.

Then she shows how she fixes the wall. In a follow-up video, she says she informed her landlord about the repair and he agreed, even helping her putty to better cover the hole.

@elbow48 reply to @lyssjln__ ♬ Original sound – Liss

In comments, Liss says the product is made by OAPRIRE. While similar shelves from the brand get high ratings on Amazon, there are several reviewers on the site with comparable experiences.

“Warning to all who intend to buy. The sticky pads that come in the box will wreck your wall,” shared one reviewer. “I bought both the white and the clear one. I removed them to repaint the room and stripped down the drywall.”

Some recommended using a hair dryer to loosen the glue. However, some reviewers claim that this did not help the situation and still did damage. Even Liss explained in a comment that she also tried using heat to remove the shelf.

“So I went to take them off by heating the glue with the blow dryer method… and I really wish I had never done that. I’m definitely not getting my deposit back,” wrote one reviewer. Accompanying the review are several pictures showing holes in drywall.

Back on TikTok, viewers shared stories similar to Liss’ experience.

“The same type of shelves did the same to our wall,” wrote one commenter.

“I [had] Same thing happened and honestly I filled it with air dry clay I had,” claimed a second.

“When we moved in, they actually said they preferred that we hang things with nails for exactly that reason,” said a third.

Responding to this comment, Liss claimed that she had previously used a variety of Command products but only had problems with the adhesive when using this particular brand. “I’m just so devastated!” she wrote. “I had so many command shelves and that one brand just blew my wall away.”

While Liss explained in comments that her landlord most likely took care of it and she’s just doing it out of kindness, she later explained that she wasn’t sure if she’d get her deposit back.

“Hope! I had a $900 deposit and was hoping to get a good chunk back. We broke a few things but for the most part it’s in good shape,” she shared.

We reached Liss via TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: June 10, 2022 at 9:03 am CDT

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