Hanging pictures on a wall can prove to be more difficult than one may think. Anyone that has ever haphazardly hung a heavy picture or mirror has learned this lesson the hard way. In this article we’ll look at a few picture hanging tips that will teach you what you need to know to hang pictures like a pro! We will cover how to find a wall stud, how to keep a picture straight, and much more. This will be your complete guide to picture hanging.
How to find a stud (a wall stud, that is!)
When I worked in a lighting showroom, we sold stud finders for about $ 20.00. Those things are a big joke – don’t buy them. They ‘pick up’ on wall studs that aren’t even there, and they’ll have you hammering holes that won’t do you any good at all. Instead, you can learn how to find a wall stud by knocking on the wall. Close your eyes, and knock lightly on the wall. If it sounds hollow, it means there is no stud. Walk a few more feet and knock again. You’ll know when you hit a stud because the sound is distinctively different. When you’ve found a wall stud, hang your picture or mirror in that spot.
How to hang a level picture
When you’re learning how to hang a picture, the first thing you need to know is that you can’t ‘eyeball’ it. You may think that you’ve gotten the picture or mirror level, but it’s very likely that you don’t. Luckily, there is an easy solution to hanging a picture evenly. Use a level. It’s called a level because it helps get things ‘level’. A level looks a bit like a oversized ruler, and it has what looks like small hour glasses filled with liquid. After you’ve hung your picture or mirror, slap the level on top of the object and watch as the liquid inside moves around. There are lines that will indicate if the liquid is level or off to one side. Move the picture (with the level still in place) until you see the liquid even out.
How to keep a picture straight
Even after you’ve learned how to hang a picture, and you’ve gotten it level, it can still tip over and become crooked. You can keep a picture straight using a very simple method. Use double sided tape to keep your picture from moving. Simply attach it to all four corners of the picture and press it tightly against the wall.
How to hang a heavy picture or mirror
Hanging a lightweight picture or mirror is fairly simple. Just find the stud, hang, and you’re done. But heavier items will require some reinforcement. It has been my experience that it is easier for people to learn how to hang a heavy picture by watching the process. Trying to explain it in words may just be confusing, thus I highly recommend checking out the tutorial on how to hang a heavy picture at Ron Hazelton’s House Calls. In this tutorial, you’ll be shown which materials to use and how to properly hang a heavy picture. I use the technique that uses plastic anchors, and it has always worked well for me.
How to arrange your pictures professionally
Sometimes, when you try to find the best position for your arrangement of artwork, you end up with a lot of experimental holes in your walls. Don’t do that! There’s no need to hammer any holes until you KNOW your pictures will look great. So, how can you test out thee display of your pictures without hammering? You have a few options:
– Lay the arrangement of pictures on the floor, and play around with them till you find a look you like. Then, measure the distance between the pictures so you know where to hammer the holes on the wall.
– If you still have a difficult time visualizing what the arrangement will look like on the wall, make a mock arrangement from paper. Cut a paper pattern for each picture and then tape the paper to the wall. This will allow you to play around with the layout before hammering permanent holes.
There you have it! A complete guide to picture hanging. It IS possible for you to learn how to hang a picture yourself, and get professional looking results. Best of luck!
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