Nothing personalizes a home the way paintings and photographs do. Unfortunately, many of us think of hanging art as too daunting a task to undertake. We often leave some great pieces hiding in our closets. Well, today’s the day to hang that painting like a pro.
What you need
You’ll need a pencil, a measuring tape, and either a hammer and nail, picture hangers, or adhesive hooks. If you’re planning on hanging a piece that is particularly heavy, use a stud finder to hang it more securely.
Mark a spot on your wall about 57″ above the floor and 6-8″ above your furniture. Hammer in the nail and hang the art by its center wire.
No center wire?
If there is no center wire, here’s how to install one:
- Mark how far from the top of the frame you want to position the wire (usually about 1/3 the way down is good),
- Screw in a “D” ring picture hanger, pointing upward at about a 45-degree angle.
- Repeat on the other side of the frame, making certain the 2 “D” rings are equal distance from the top of the frame.
- When you attach the wire to the “D” rings, it should not show above the top edge of the painting, nor should the painting lean away from the wall when hung.
When you hang your art, take your safety into account. Never hang a heavy piece of art above a bed or a couch.