If you have never hung a picture before or are looking to hang something heavy, there are many methods for hanging a picture. Many of these center around using a nail and string. If you have a long, straight wall (such as in a hallway) that doesn’t require bending over, this is a great method because it is fast and easy to execute with little chance of making any mistakes.
Tack the top left corner of the frame to the wall with a thumbtack. Make sure the picture hangs level. Remove the tack and use it to tack the center of the bottom edge; this will hold the frame steady while you position it and insert more tacks. Center the frame on the wall and remove all tacks. Locate two studs on either side of where you want to hang the picture, then place a tack at each stud location and one in the center of the bottom of the frame.
Assemble your hanging kit – a thin piece of wire cut from coat hanger or similar material, a hammer, a box cutter or utility knife, and tacks – then cut a length of wire about 6 inches longer than your picture’s width (you can always trim it afterwards). Insert both ends into one end hole (the top or bottom)
Hanging a picture is a lot easier than you might think. As long as you follow a few basic steps, you’re sure to get it right.
When hanging your picture, make sure to have all of your materials ready….
Simply find the center of the wall and mark it with a pencil. Put your nail in the wall at the center point and make sure it is perfectly straight. Now hang your picture by pushing the nails into the corners of the frame.
1. With the picture on a level surface and facing downward, place a pencil mark along each edge. Connect the marks using a ruler and mark each corner with an X. Push straight pins into the top corners of your frame at each X mark and hang it on the wall to check its level (it should be flush against the wall).
2. If you need to adjust height, use a small carpenter’s level or ruler to ensure that your marks are still correct (after moving it, recheck that it is again flush against the wall). Then drywall screws or small nails can be used to secure each corner in place until you are confident that it is correctly positioned.*
3. Head out to buy some nails, hooks, or mounting hardware for hanging your frame.*
Hanging pictures can be tricky. If you want to hang a picture straight, it is important to mark the spot before screwing in the nail. This can be done by using a painter’s tape and pencil.
To make sure that you get the mark exactly where you want it, tape off about an inch of the end of the pencil with painters tape. Then position the picture on the wall where you would like it to hang and hold the marker directly over where the nail should go.
Tape the tip of the marker on top of the nail and trace around the tip lightly onto the wall. This will give you a mark exactly where you want your nail to go. When hanging a picture, make sure that your markings are not too high or too low by placing pieces of cut up paper underneath your lines to ensure that they are level with each other. If they are not level, use a level to adjust them so that they are perfectly straight.
You can hire a professional to hang your pictures, or you can do it yourself. Of course, you should always hang heavy pictures and mirrors on studs, so the best place to buy a picture is at a store that sells mirrors and artwork.
We will assume that you have found your perfect piece of art and have brought it home. It’s time to get started hanging that masterpiece on your wall. All you need is a hammer, nails, a level and some basic tools. Let’s go!
The first thing you need to know is how to find the studs in your wall. Studs are vertical 2×4 or 2×6 support beams running through the walls of your home. They’re what the drywall is nailed to. You’ll need a small piece of wood, called a stud finder, to locate them.
////It’s best to begin with a level. Make sure the bubble is centered and draw a vertical line along where you think the studs are located. If you’re hanging a heavy picture, use two lines and make sure it’s level on both sides.
What you’re looking for is an area that is all one color. This means that one side of the wall has been covered by another object (like a shelf or chair) and that part of the wall hasn’t been painted yet. You can also see this by knocking on the wall – a hollow sound indicates that there’s nothing on that side of the wall. When you find this area, run your fingernail along it – if it feels kind of gritty, like there are tiny flecks of paint stuck to it, then it’s a good spot for hanging your picture.
Hanging a picture should be one of the least stressful, most enjoyable things you do in your home. The problem is, hanging a picture seems to be a lot more complicated than it really is.
The truth is, hanging a picture is one of the easiest ways you can update your home. There are just three simple steps: choose your picture, choose a place to hang it and then hang it. Oh, and then there’s the part where you enjoy it for years to come.
TIP 1: CHOOSE YOUR PICTURE
Let’s start off with choosing your picture. We all have pictures we love. Maybe some are professional portraits that were taken at your wedding or an important family event. Or maybe you bought them from an art gallery or online (like I did). Either way, if you want to hang these pictures yourself and save money, follow these steps:
1) Take them out of their frames and put them face-down on a flat surface. 2) Measure the length and width of the back of the frame 3) Put sticky notes on the back of each one with the measurements on them 4) Once you have all your measurements written down (I recommend doing this in pencil), take all the measurements off and decide what size frame
First, you want to determine the center point of the wall. To do this, hold the picture level at eye level and mark the point where the top and bottom of the picture meet. Then you need to decide how high up on the wall you want your picture to hang. You can either use a level or your eye as a guide for this part.