There are many ways to hang a picture on the wall, but I like this method because it requires only minimal tools and damage to your walls. This is especially handy if you’re renting or moving often.
1. Find the studs in your wall by tapping on it with a hammer. If you can’t find the studs, use a stud finder or a laser level (see above).
2. Use a pencil to mark the top of any existing hooks and electrical plates along the edge of where you would like to hang your picture. These need to be removed for this method to work well.
3. Drill holes into the drywall where you marked them in step two and insert screws into them that are just smaller than the width of your frame’s wire. This will leave plenty of room for your frame’s backing board and mounting hardware without risking too much damage to your wall or leaving any visible screw heads in your painting’s final location.
4. Place your backing board behind your painting, making sure that its edges line up with those of the frame, and then place your mounting hardware onto the backing board and screw it into place using washers as necessary to allow it to sit flush against the back of your canvas.
5. Place the painting
The basic wall-hanging hardware is made up of two parts: The thing that hangs on the wall, and the thing that holds the painting.
The hanging part is the frame. Frames come in a vast variety of colors and materials, but just about all frames have the same basic design. The most common type has a piece of wood on the back to give it some strength (some frames are just flat cardboard), a groove to hold the picture, and a little metal hook at the top for hanging on a nail.
The painting-holding part is called a “mat.” It goes underneath the picture in the frame. You can buy mats or make them out of cardboard. There are lots of different kinds. Some have spaces for labels; some don’t. Some have little bits to space out individual pictures; some don’t.
First you need to decide where on the wall you want the picture to be. Then you need to measure.
Take the tape measure and extend it from the bottom of the frame, up and over to the wall. When you get there, put a small dot in pencil on the wall at the point where your tape measure hits.
If your painting is already framed, you can skip this part and go right to step 4. If it’s not framed yet, you can use painter’s tape to hold things in place temporarily.
Once you have your painting propped up safely with painter’s tape, take another piece of paper, like a sheet of notebook paper, and weigh it down with some books or a box so that it doesn’t move around while you’re measuring.
Bend your tape measure at a right angle and stick one end of it into the corner of the painting (the unfinished edge). Then wrap that end around the corner and stick it into the other unfinished edge at a 90 degree angle.
Measure across one side of the painting only (using either inches or centimeters), then do the same thing from one short end to another short end.
When you finish measuring, compare your measurements with those on the box above (in inches) or beside
For your convenience, I’ve included a set of images of the process. If you want to skip to them and don’t want to read the text, click here.
The key tool you need is a hammer. You’ll also need whatever you’re hanging (canvas, frame, etc.), a tape measure (or ruler), a pencil, level, straight edge, and whatever tools are required for the specific picture you’re hanging.
**Step 1: Measure the area where you want to hang your picture. For this example I’m assuming you want the picture centered on your wall.**
**Step 2: Take whatever it is you’re hanging and put it up against the wall where you want it. In this case I’m using a picture that is already framed. It’s not necessary for you to hang your painting in a frame, but if it isn’t already framed you may as well do that first so that way it’s already ready to go when you get around to hanging it. Make sure that the top of the frame is at least even with the top of what will be your finished surface (i.e., if you have drywall and are going to put up paneling or something over your drywall later, make sure that your frame will
The tutorial seems to have been made for a specific type of wall, but it should be easy enough to take the visual information and apply it to your own situation.
It is a big decision whether to frame or not. Framing involves a lot of money and there are many things to consider.
I have some thoughts on this and I will share them with you. I have collected tips from professionals and I will give you the best ones, so you can make your own opinion about framing.
Make sure you know the basic rules before buying frames:
What are the important measurements on a picture? You need three of them: width, height and depth (or thickness).
It is better to check them with a ruler, than just measuring the outside edges of the frame as they might be enlarged by the mat or other materials used.
Are you wondering if your print is suitable for framing? There are a few simple rules to follow:
The image should be at least 20x20cm for a standard frame. Any bigger size is ok for an expensive custom made frame. All standard sizes come in different thicknesses, in millimeters. The standard sizes are from 15×10 up to 50x40cm with different thicknesses 10,12,15,18,25,30,35 and 40mm. For example if your picture has the dimensions 25x20cm it means its depth (thickness) will be