Now that you have your photo and picture frame all ready it's time for the important job of hanging your picture frame. Hanging a picture frame isn't hard, but there are a few important steps that you should do before you start that will help you save some time. 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 basically three ways to hang your picture frame - screws, nails, or 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. Hammer the nail in at a 45 degree angle and, if possible, into a stud. If you're hanging heavy or large picture frames, it's important to put the nail in a stud. Never attempt to hang your picture frame with a nail that's only secured into sheet rock as it won't likely hold and could damage 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).
Hanging picture frames on concrete, stone or brick walls requires the extra strength and support of screws. 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 should also consider using screw anchors as they will help secure the screw into 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. Always read the instructions carefully as the weight limitations and instructions must be closely 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.
Once you've decided how you'll hang your wall frames, you now have to decide where your picture frames will be hung.
Tips for Hanging Wall Picture Frames
When hanging your picture frames on the wall, it is best have someone help you 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 frames can be tricky so to make your wall look coordinated and well put together, arrange them on the floor until you're satisfied with the look. 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 then transfer this placement on the wall. If at all possible, get someone to help you with this step. 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 items on the wall and have a limited space, then you should start on one side and carefully work to the other end using the measurements from your floor arrangement.
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 have a small level, use it so you're picture frames will always be straight.
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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