The Idiots Guide on How to Properly Hang a Picture

Posted on: 2013-02-15


Do you think that just anyone can hang a picture properly? Think again! By following the wrong instructions, you can end up with a picture that falls off of the wall (and becomes damaged) or one that hangs crookedly. You also want to make sure that you aren’t damaging your wall beyond repair in the process of hanging your picture. No one wants that! Instead, follow these steps:

Use the right hanging kit

If your frame came with a picture wire or series of hooks already attached on the back, then you’re already set. If not, go to your local home improvement store and get either a picture hanger kit, or a set of professional hooks. Follow the instructions that came with them to attach them properly to the back of your frame.

Figure out where to hang the picture

Remember that the picture needs to have some space around it, and its edges shouldn’t butt up against the edges of the wall. It should also be large enough for the space that it’s in, as you don’t want to hang a tiny picture by itself over a large couch or table. Your picture needs to be centered in its space, if possible. And it should be hung at a reasonable eye level – one that is not too high or too low. Once you have found the right space and height, hold the picture up to the wall. Then get a pencil and leave small marks on the wall where the corners of the picture will sit.

Measure it all Out

Put the picture down and get out your ruler or tape measure. Measure the back of the picture to see exactly where the wire or hooks are. You will need to make sure that the anchors on the wall correspond to these exactly. Jot down the measurements, then turn to the wall itself, and mark where the two match up.

Bring out the Big Guns!

Get out your drill and picture hanging kit and install the wall anchors. Once they are in all of the way, hang up your picture. Give it a few small adjustments if necessary, and then sit back and enjoy your new artwork!

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