I have been eyeing Displate for a while, ever since my friend bought a trio of Resident Evil Village Displates, and she really liked them. So imagine my surprise when they contacted me! 🙂

They offered to send me two Displates of my choosing in exchange for a review, and that’s what I’m going to do in this post, and also share other gaming Displates that would make a great gift for any occasion.

SPONSORED DISCLAIMER: Please note that while I have been sent two of the products below for free, the following review is my 100% honest opinion.

Displate Review + Gift Guide

Displates caught my eye because of their cool designs, but most importantly because of the ease of putting them up. I didn’t want to drill into my wall, and I thought the magnet was a really cool idea.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you can guess which Displates caught my eye. 😀 So when Displate contacted me, I knew right away which ones to pick – matching Ethan Winters and Lady Dimitrescu medium matte Displates.

I decided to order a third Displate, a general Resident Evil Village poster, and a Stranger Things one for my niece for her birthday. I wanted to complete the whole ordering and shipping process as would any other customer.

Displate Unboxing

Shipping & Packaging

As Displate is based in my neighboring country of Poland, the shipping took only a few days both times. It arrived via DHL, but they also ship via UPS or FedEx. If you’re in the US, the shipping may take longer. You will get the delivery estimate + tracking information after you order.

The Displates arrived in a securely packaged cardboard box, and the individual posters were layered with cardboard as well to keep them from rubbing against each other. Each Displate was also packaged in foil to prevent damage.

I really enjoyed the packaging – it’s ready to be gifted as is (or wrapped in a paper of your choice), and each piece has additional information or graphics on it. No space is wasted

With your order, you will get:

  • Your chosen Displate(s),
  • cleaning wipe,
  • protective leaf,
  • magnet
  • discount code for your next purchase

The instructions are included in one of the in-lay cardboard plates, but you can also find a detailed video on the Displate store.

Each Displate comes with a holographic sticker to guarantee authenticity and with the QR code at the back (or reference code) you can see more details of your order. With each Displate you buy, the company will plant a one baby tree, so you’re also doing a great deed with purchasing one!

Displate Magnet Hanging System

What I really like about Displate and what sold me on the idea is that you don’t need to drill into a wall to hang them up. With a magnet, it’s so much easier to shift them up and down, left or right and fix if they’re crooked.

That being said, the adhesive leaf is not great for textured walls (like popcorn walls, bricks, and other uneven surfaces) and may be tricky in humid climates.

There’s a risk of the Displates of falling down, because the adhesive will be either weakened by humidity over time or will not stick properly to textured walls.

I didn’t check the requirements before, so I was a bit bummed out as we have slightly textured walls. It’s not too much, there are some smooth spots, but it really had me worried.

I also checked other people’s reviews, and it showed that the protective leaves can slide down the walls over time, and in some cases stuff below the posters (or the posters themselves) was damaged when it fell.

There are ways to prevent this, and I’ll be addressing them below, so keep on reading! Here’s how I hanged my Displates on a textured wall:

1. Measuring & Sanding

I first measured where I wanted my middle poster to be above my desk. From that, I calculated the spot where the protective leaf should go, which is roughly in the middle of the Displate. You can see the marked spot below, I used a pencil (B/No. 1) and a ruler.

I wasn’t going to take any chances and put the Displates on the textured wall, so I decided to sand the bits where the adhesive is going to be. I really wasn’t going to redo my whole room, scraping or covering it with joint compound.

Of course, sanding was going to be messy regardless of how small of an area I was going to sand. So I purchased an inexpensive painter’s covering sheet to protect the floor and also my desk and computer. It was a bit too large for my purposes, but it still did the job.

I used a FFP2 respirator and slightly wet the wall to eliminate as much dust as possible. I decided to use a 120-grit sandpaper, tearing smaller strips, and got to work.

Thankfully, it was pretty easy to do and didn’t really require that much sanding. As you can see above, the spot is definitely smoother. I repeated this with the two other marked spots. I let the wall dry completely for about half an hour to be safe.

Hanging the Displate

First, I focused on the Displate in the middle. I used the provided cleaning wipe and then let it dry for about 15 minutes. It was super easy to adhere the protective leaf and the magnet to the wall.

I tested it out and it worked really well! I like that the magnet doesn’t cause the Displate to be too far from the wall.

From the middle point, I then measured the distance between the other Displates and marked it with a masking tape. I repeated the same process with the other two mounting systems.

Fall Prevention

Now, I could have hanged the Displates and be done with it, but I’m really paranoid about them falling and smashing things on my desk. The last thing I want is a broken monitor.

Some people recommend using a small nail through the magnet to keep it in place, but I think that completely defies the purpose of non-destructive hanging. In the end, I decided to use 3M Command Strips for hanging pictures.

From experience, I know that the 3M products have a really great adhesive. They didn’t have a larger packaging, so I had to buy two packs of 3 pairs of commands strips. As each Displate weighs less than 3 pounds (~ 1.36 kg), I decided to use the Medium Command Strips as pictured below.

The Medium Command Strips I bought locally have different weight (4kg = ~ 8.81 lbs) and measurement requirements than the ones I could find available in the US. They sell these in Walmart, Jo Ann stores, Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s and most likely any hardware store near you.

When in doubt, you could always choose the larger ones meant for heavier pieces. Watch the video below on how I secured my Displates! (If you can’t see the video, watch it on Youtube instead)

I followed the instructions on the packaging:

  • clean the wall with isopropyl alcohol, let dry
  • join two strips and press them to the picture
  • remove the backing and press the picture hard to the wall where you want it
  • remove the picture, make sure to thoroughly press the remaining strip to the wall
  • let it rest for about an hour before hanging the picture

I had no trouble with this process and the Displates are holding strong. You could skip the magnet part entirely and just hang the Displate with the Command Strips, but I like the added security.

As of the date of posting this review, the Displates have been up for 16 days without moving an inch. 🙂 Thank you Displate for sending me the two beatiful posters!

Displates

Displate Gift Guide

If you like what you’ve read so far and are considering the perfect gift for a gamer in your life, consider getting them a gaming poster!

From classic titles like Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros to modern masterpieces such as The Last of Us and Cyberpunk 2077, gaming posters have been an essential part of the culture for decades.

You can find Displates in many designs, but in this post, I’d like to specifically highlight gaming themed poster designs that you can gift to gamers for Christmas or any other occasion.

The artwork on Displates is simply stunning, the colors are vibrant and richly detailed. There are many other designs for any given theme, so make sure to check the store out!

So, let’s dive in!

Displate - Resident Evil Village - Chris Redfield

Resident Evil 8: Chris Redfield Displate

Of course, I’m going to recommend the three Displates that I own now, but there are other Resident Evil Village designs as well!

It would be a great match to the other two posters with the same style. I just didn’t buy it because I’m not a fan of Chris in the game. 😀


Displate - Half Life

Half-Life Poster

There is not a lot of Half Life merch these days, but I absolutely adore the composition and the colors of this artwork. The colors are super vibrant and I like that there’s a little bit of detail to Gordon’s silhouette.


Displate - Skyrim

The Dragonborn Displate

Skyrim was a hit game upon release, and many still consider it an absolute gem. You’ll love this poster design of The Dragonborn from the Elder Scrolls. It’s certain to look awesome in your gamer’s room.


Displate Witcher

The Witcher 3 Poster

I’m a fan of dynamic poses, and this Geralt poster is no exception. As with the CoD poster above, love the monochromatic variation with red patches of color.


Displate - Rust

Rust Poster

While I only play PvE Rust, I really like the game. Whether you like PvE or PvP, I think this poster will look really great. I love the ambience of the piece with the fireplace in the forefront and the giant silhouette of the satellite dish in the background.

There’s also a version without a logo, but I’m not sure which I prefer more!


Displate Call of Duty

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Displate

Not only is this iconic MW2 poster aesthetically pleasing, but it perfectly captures the high-quality production values, compelling story, and intense action that makes it truly one of a kind. I like the monochromatic look and a pop of color! It’s a great gift for any CoD fan!


Displate Fallout 76

Fallout 76 Poster

It’s not easy to pick just one Fallout poster for this gift guide as they all look great! If you’ve ever had an awesome Fallout campaign you’ll know why these games deserve a spot on your walls.

I decided to choose this one with the T51 helmet from side profile.


Displate - Spiderman

Spiderman Displate

As a gamer, I think Spiderman makes an excellent poster for any game room. You can’t deny that his iconic status and deep connection with the gaming community make him one of the most recognizable superheroes in popular culture.


Displate - Bioshock

Bioshock Displate

I really love the duality and the coloring of this piece. I love how this poster depicts the underwater Rapture city from Bioshock and Bioshock 2, while on the top there’s the city of Columbia from Bioshock Infinity.


Displate - The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda Link Poster

This Displate of Link on a horse is a perfect addition to any Legend of Zelda fan. I like the tranquility of the piece and the vibrant green colors. The Hyrule Symbol is an integral part of this Breath of The Wild poster.


Displate - Star Wars

Star Wars Mustafar Displate

The intense battle between two powerful Jedi is an excellent reminder of how important it is to fight with honor and respect. I love love love the vivid colors and the overall composition. The lava fields and the splashing lava around them make an epic backdrop of this poster.


Displate Gaming Zone

Gaming Zone Poster

Not sure which game your loved one would like on their walls? Then maybe a generic gaming poster is a way to go!

I like the neon sign design, and there are a few other gaming designs like this.


Displate Hitman

Hitman Displate

This iconic artwork featuring Agent 47 in his black suit and the distinctive Hitman logo and barcode on the back of his head are instantly recognizable. They give off a sense of style and danger that looks awesome, and will surely turn heads in your space.


Displate - Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed Ezio Displate

This iconic Ezio pose is recognizable by many gamers. It serves as a reminder to me of the rich history and lore of this beloved series that has been around since 2007. The vibrant colors and intricate details in each character will make for a great addition to your wall!


Displate - Rocket League

Rocket League Displate

I love the cartoon-y look of this Rocket League poster. The colors are vibrant, and I like that the slant of the font and the smoke behind the car make it feel less static.


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