Hanging your favorite pictures and wall art.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with options if you're not an industry professional, but it's really not rocket science. By the end of this article you will know different types of hangers, which hanger to use for certain applications, and how to hang your pieces straight and level everytime!
Ask someone to hold it up for you so you can step back and get a good view. We don't want to assume it will look good where you want, drill some holes, and then hate it. Take your time. Try a few different spots. Pay attention to how your piece looks in contrast with lighting, room color, and other decor in the area.
Step 2: Now that you've located the perfect spot
Single hanger installation
Now comes the tedious task. The typical, industry standard for hieght of a picture is, 60" from the floor to the bottom of the frame. This puts the center of most standard size pieces at the center of most peoples line of vision. Hangings that require a single screw are simple. Just measure from the bottom of the picture frame to the top of the hanger on the back. Now take that measurement, and add it to our 60" from the floor measurement and put a tiny pencil mark. this will be where your hardware will be attached to the wall. Since theres only one hanger, in the center of the frame, it will create a pivot point, allowing you to move the bottom around until it is perfectly level.
Double hanger installation
This task is probably the one that most homeowners tend to overthink. I will share with you now the easiest, most fool proof way to hang those big art pieces. This is where you will need some painters tape, or similar tape that won't peel the sheetrock of the wall. Place your picure frame with the backside facing you so you can easily access the hangers. Now, run a single piece of tape, from one hanger to the other. It's fine to let the tape extend past the hangers by a few inches here. With your pencil, simply mark on the tape the center of each hanger. These marks now represent the exact distance between the hangars, and will be your drill holes for the hardware type of your choosing. Applying the standard hieght guidlines described above in step one, we will make a mark on the wall where our first hanger will be. Next, simply place the mark on your tape over the mark on the wall. Using a level, stretch the tape out and gently press it against the wall in a level position. Now the 2 marks on the tape will be exactly spaced, and level. Now drill your holes on the tape marks. If you have a vaccum with a hose attachment, it will come in handy here. As you drill into the sheetrock, hold the vaccum tube underneath the drillbit, as close as you feel comfortable. This will suck up almost all of the sheetrock dust, and make your project essentially mess free. Peel of the tape, install your hardware, and hang it up!!!
Easy Peasy right!
See Pics Below
Below are example pictures: I took a wine rack I had lying in the garage (that was previously up-cycled from an old pallet) and a sheet of plywood.
The hanging methods I prefer
When hanging small, dollar store type frames, all I do is find the smallest nail I have lying around, and nail it in the sheetrock at a 45* downward angle. No need to worry about weight, or special hardware. I also like using the sawtooth hangers for these type of installs. Sawtooth hangers are the most forgiving when it comes to exact levelness, and measurements. For the big, heavy, monsters I love hanging, I typically use 2-2 hole strap, D-Ring hangers. These are capable of holding hundreds of pounds. When hanging heavy pieces, we need to make sure we use proper hardware. Always try and locate at least one stud. If no studs are able to be used, you will need either some toggle bolts, or zip-its, that are capable to support the weight of your frame. I prefer zip-it's, but in some instances toggle bolts are more advantageous.
To learn more about the different hardware and hanger types, or where to find the best deals on them, click on the links in my article above.
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