No home is complete without some art on the walls. Whether you're opting for one statement piece or an expansive gallery wall, you'll want to ensure your artwork is hung securely. It's an easy task if you know how to do it right. "The way you hang something depends on both the weight of the art and the type of attachment." Here, we break down just how to hang a framed piece of wall art securely and easily.
- Framed wall art
- Rings and Hanging Wire
- Picture Hooks (or Nails, if using a saw tooth)
- Measuring Tape
How to Hang Wall Art1. Choose an attachment
The two most common kinds of frame attachment are saw tooth and D-ring. The first, more common on lighter artwork, is a metal piece with a zig-zag bottom, and the second is two rings attached to the sides of the artwork, designed for a wire to run between. Most framers will go ahead and add one of these to your piece (and if they didn't, ask them to or screw one in yourself).2. Attach the hanging wire
If your painting has D-rings without wire (or if the existing wire is in need of replacement), you'll want to attach some. Cut a piece about 50 percent longer than the space between the rings. Run both ends through the rings and bend the additional wire back around the ring and twist to attach it to itself. You'll want to secure the wire so that it has about an inch of movement (make sure the wire isn't so long it's outside of the frame when pulled taut). If your painting has a saw tooth hanger, skip this step.3. Position the art
If you're hanging a gallery wall, you may want to map out the placement of each piece in advance using newspaper squares cut to match the sizes of the frames. Otherwise, you can do one of two things: 1. Hold the artwork up on the wall and eyeball where you want it to go, then mark the top of the frame with a pencil. 2. If you want the piece to be centered over a piece of furniture or on a wall, measure the width of the space it will be centered on and make a mark at the halfway point.
For any remotely-heavy artwork, you'll want to make sure that spot goes into a stud on the other side of the wall. Locate studs—and avoid hidden pipes and cables—using a multipurpose detector. Most houses have studs, which are positioned 40–61 cm apart.4. Select a hanger
A saw tooth attachment can be hung right on a bare nail. For a wire, we recommends picture hangers—basically a nail set into a little metal anchor—which come in a variety of sizes based on the weight of the art they'll hold.5. Attach nail
To find the proper place for your nail, measure the distance from top of the frame to the bottom of the saw tooth, or from the top of the frame to the wire when it's pulled taut to the top of the frame. Then hammer in your nail or picture hanging hook that distance below the pencil mark you made on your wall.6. Hang
And voilà! When hung on the nail or hook your work should be perfectly placed. Repeat as necessary for an art-filled home.Variations!
Very heavy artwork
We points out that very long or heavy pieces of art might have multiple saw tooth attachments. For these, you'll need to ensure the multiple nails are level—we recommends measuring from the ceiling to the desired height.Light picture or unframed canvas
Simply tap a picture hook or small nail into your chosen position so that 1 cm sticks out, angled upwards.