Now that you have taken the time to select and assemble your picture frame you are ready for the important job of hanging your picture frame on the wall. Hanging a picture isn’t difficult, but there are a few steps to take before you begin. This article will explain the different ways to hang your picture frame and provide tips to help you hang your frame more easily.

Ways to Hang Your Frame
There are three main ways to hang picture frames: nails, screws and adhesives.

The most common way to hang photo frames is with finishing nails. Finishing nails are easy to install and won’t create a large hole in your wall- if you use a small nail. Always hammer the nail into a wall stud at a 45 degree angle.  If you’re hanging heavy or large picture frames, it’s important to put the nail in a stud. Don’t take a chance of damaging your picture frame, or your sheetrock, by hammering your nail directly into sheetrock that won’t hold the weight of your picture frame. If you don’t know how to locate a wall stud, the best way is to use a stud finder (available at any hardware store).

Anytime you have to hang a picture frame on concrete, stone or brick, you need to use screws as nails will simply fall out. Screws do make larger holes so you normally don’t want to use them unless you have no choice. To secure screws into concrete or brick you need to pre-drill a hole in the rock wall using a mason drill bit the size of the screw. You can also use a screw anchor to help properly secure the screw in the wall.

The third method for securing a hanging wall frame is with the use of adhesives. They are fast and simple and don’t require a hole in your wall. Adhesives, like 3M’s Command Strips, are available in Velcro and hooks and are becoming increasingly more popular. Carefully read the instructions as there are weight limitations and instructions that must be carefully followed.  Hanging small picture frames with adhesives works best, but some adhesives will hold up to 5 pounds. If the picture is too heavy for the adhesive to hold, you could damage your picture so use with caution.

Your next step, after deciding how to hang your wall frame, is to decide where your frame should be hung.

Tips for Hanging Wall Picture Frames

Anytime you’re hanging picture frames on the wall, it’s always easier if you have someone help with this step. You can have your helper hold the frame at different heights and positions on the wall so you can find the right spot. If you’re not sure of how high to hang your picture frame, you generally want to hang it around eye level or about 3/4 of the way up the wall.

If you’re hanging multiple wall picture frames, it’s best to decide upon the spacing of each frame before you start hanging them on the wall. Hanging multiple picture frames can be challenging so to make your wall arrangement look good, you should arrange the frames on the floor until you like how it looks. For best results, follow these steps:

  1. Measure the wall area where the picture frames will hang.
  2. Use a string to outline the measured wall space on the floor.
  3. Carefully place your picture frames on the floor (protect with a towel or blanket if there is no carpet) and arrange and rearrange them until you are satisfied with how they look.
  4. Once you have the right placement on the wall for your frame arrangement, begin transfering it to the wall. If possible, have someone help you as it will be easier with two people. If you have an empty wall with no other objects on the wall, start in the center of your arrangement and work outwards. If you have other things on the wall and don’t have much space, then you should start on one side and work to the other end using the floor arrangement measurements.
  5. Before placing the nail or screw, check the back of the frame and see where the hanger is placed so you don’t make your frame higher or lower than you expect. And if you want to be sure your frames are straight, use a small level to double check.

Now with your new found knowledge of hanging picture frames, hopefully this will make the whole process a lot easier and prevent you from making a bunch of unnecessary holes.

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