Hanging Your Artwork Like A Pro!
You've finally gotten that fantastic print or photograph framed. Now, how to hang it on the wall? Just follow these instructions.
- Decide where to hang the picture. Avoid hanging one small picture on a huge expanse of wall - art looks better when it seems to extend the lines of furniture, windows or doorways or when several small pieces are grouped together.
- Check that you are not hanging a heavy picture on wallboard only. Hang heavy objects only from a wall stud or beam.
- Hold the picture up and make a small pencil mark on the wall where the top edge of the frame will be.
- Choose an appropriate hook. You might want a two-piece nail-and-hook, or a hollow-wall anchor for heavier objects (see 'eHow to Install Screws and Anchors in Walls').
- Holding the picture's wire taut, measure from the wire (or from the hanging tab if that's what the picture has) to the frame's top edge. Measure down that distance from the pencil mark you made on the wall and mark that spot - that's where the hook will go.
- Nail the picture hook into the wall where you've just made a mark.
- Hang the picture and adjust it so it's straight.
Tips & Warnings
- You can hang wide frames using two hooks spaced about a third of the way in from each side.
- Use a level to make sure that the two hooks are correctly aligned.
- Very lightweight pictures can hang from hooks that stick with adhesive to the wall.
- Picture-hook packages usually indicate how much weight the hooks can bear.