Wall Treatments – Hanging a Picture

by If your object is heavier than a few pounds and you won’t be nailing it into a stud then you’ll probably need a special anchor such as a molly-bolt. If you don’t, you’ll run the risk of the picture falling and taking a piece of the wall with it. When purchasing anchors, the packaging will clearly state the weight restrictions. You will generally need a drill to install anchors. Don’t let the extra work cause you to take shortcuts.

Hanging a picture or mirror might seem like something that’s easy but there is some work involved to ensure there is no damage to your wall and the picture is accurately placed. You’ve probably haphazardly hammered in a nail and hung a small picture before but there is more to it than that. Here are some tips to hanging a picture.

First, you must determine the approximate weight of the object you’ll be hanging and the material you’ll be hanging it on. You’ll need to purchase the right materials for the job. If you’re picture is light and you’ll be hanging it on traditional drywall then a nail or screw is sufficient. If you have plaster or cement walls then you’ll need special screws; nails can chip and damage these types of materials.

If your object is heavier than a few pounds and you won’t be nailing it into a stud then you’ll probably need a special anchor such as a molly-bolt. If you don’t, you’ll run the risk of the picture falling and taking a piece of the wall with it. When purchasing anchors, the packaging will clearly state the weight restrictions. You will generally need a drill to install anchors. Don’t let the extra work cause you to take shortcuts.

After choosing the right fastener for the job you’ll need to determine where you want to put your picture, mirror or other hanging object. Height can be subjective but generally people tend to hang pictures too high as if they’re in a museum. Pictures and mirrors should hang so their center is at eye level.

Measure out the picture and determine the highest point on the wire from which the object will hang. You won’t be hanging it from the very top of the frame but from the top of the wire that suspends the picture. If you want your picture in the center of the wall then you’ll need to determine where that is using a measuring tape. If you’ll be hanging multiple pictures then you can lay them out on the floor to determine the composition and then measure out their total dimension. You can then figure out how much space is required between each of them.

Never use anything but a pencil on your drywall panel and even then make small marks that can easily be removed. Once you have determined where to nail, be sure that the hook, not the nail, will line up with the picture’s wire. Carefully hang your object and adjust it using the wire. Don’t make more holes to adjust the height since it will make it look messy and unprofessional.

Take your time when you hang something. It will pay off in the long run.

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