Do you have blank walls longing for art to fill them? Learn how to hang pictures on a wall the right way.
Since we moved into our home it has taken forever to get pictures up on the walls. I don’t know why, I love wall art! But actually putting a hole in the wall is so permanent and scary. Can anyone relate? It’s like having a blank canvas. We have a lot of family pictures to hang, including my Grandma’s painting of the Oregon coast.
Hanging pictures is a pretty simple project in the scheme of things but there are some easy, yet important steps to take to hang pictures like a pro. I learned a few things about hanging pictures from my handy husband that I thought would be helpful to share with you.
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Gather your tools
Every project needs tools and there are some items that we have found to be essential in hanging pictures successfully. If it was up to me, I would just get a hammer and nail and eyeball where each picture would go. But fortunately, my carpenter husband knows how to do things the right way.
Here’s a list of items we recommend to hang pictures:
- Hammer – a small, lightweight one is recommended
- Professional picture hangers
- Tape measure
- Screw gun
What? No nails?? Nope! Picture hangers are the key to your success! Once you use these small pieces of metal you will never go back to using just a nail. Picture hangers have a hole at the top and a hook at the bottom. You’ll see hangers with 1 nail, 2 nails and 3 nails. The nails are super sharp steel with a brass collar. They go in at about a 30° angle and can hold different weights from 10 lbs to 100 lbs, so it’s important to get a variety of different hangers to have handy for picture hanging day. They are super easy to hit with your hammer and they can be used in drywall and plaster. These little suckers are great because they make a smaller hole in the wall and they are much more secure than using a nail. They will be your walls new BFF.
It’s also handy to have a tool box just for these kind of items and other little indoor hardware. Here’s what we use:
I love this tool box (if you can love a tool box!) because it has a bunch of little compartments and has 2 levels and a sturdy handle. It has space for all the little things.
Take all those picture hangers out of their plastic containers they came in and dump them in these separate, sturdy compartments in your tool box.
How to hang pictures like a pro:
With all our tools gathered it’s time to actually do the work. Let’s get started.
Examine the wall. You should start out by examining the wall space. We examined the space between the window and wall corner where I wanted this painting by my grandmother to hang.
Then you’ll need to find the stud when it’s a heavy piece. And the picture hangers will recommend using a stud every time.
Measure the width of the wall, and then find the center and make a pencil mark at the center point. Take into consideration the number of pictures you are hanging in that space.
Measure the picture from the edge of the frame to the hardware.
Hammer. Hold the picture hanger on your mark and hammer away. It won’t take much to hammer these nails.
Hang your picture on the hook and stand back and enjoy your work. You may need to adjust your picture a titch to make sure it’s level. Now that you know the best way of hanging pictures you can now say you can hang pictures like a pro!