Seven Tips for Hanging Frames
Putting up new family photographs or paintings in your home is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to give a room a new look. It’s also a relatively simple project that you can usually do in an afternoon. Though it’s a pretty easy DIY interior decorating project, it is possible to mess it up. So if you don’t want your photos or paintings to look slightly crooked or random holes in your wall, then follow these seven tips.
Find the center. No matter what space you’re working with, you always want to find the center first. This applies whether you’re hanging a single frame, or a group of them. You can either find the center of the entire wall or the center of a piece of furniture. For instance, if you plan to hang a group of frames over a sofa, then first find the center of that sofa and mark it on your wall.
Map things out. Before you hammer in the first nail, you need to have the layout completely mapped out on your wall. To do this, trace each frame that you plan on hanging on butcher paper and then use painter’s tape to attach them to the wall where you think you want them. From there you can rearrange the layout until you’re satisfied without putting a dozen holes in your wall. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t have frames within six inches of the edge of a wall as it makes the wall looked over crowded.
Consider a ledge. You might want to think about whether a picture ledge would look good on the wall. The advantage to a picture ledge is that you only have to install it once and then you can swap out photos and artwork as often as you want without putting more holes in the wall. When installing a ledge (or a large frame) just make sure you’re putting the nails or screws into wood and not just drywall.
Use the right hardware. Depending on what you’re hanging, you may want to use a picture hanging kit instead of just using nails. They tend to be more secure. You may also need screw anchors if you’re hanging something heavier into drywall.
Decide on picture height. Keep in mind that the center of your photograph or painting should be at eye level for the average adult. This is especially important if you’re extremely tall or extremely short because you’ll have a tendency to hang your frames too high or too low.
Mark everything first. Now you can mark the top of the frame with a pencil and from there you can mark the exact location or locations where you will hammer in the nails. This step is crucial if you want to avoid unnecessary holes in the wall.
Hang the picture. You’re finally ready to actually hang your frames. Hammer in the nails being careful to do it exactly where you’ve marked it. If you’ve done everything right then when you place the frame on the wall, it will be level, centered, and at just the right height.
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