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Picture frame hangers for metal frames snap or screw into the "universal channel" that is on the back side of metal frame moulding. Almost all good quality American-made metal frames of the last twenty-five years, regardless of profile or manufacturer, have this universal channel.
Older metal frames sometimes have a different channel design that will not accept currently available hardware. Our metal frame hangers also will not work with lightweight crimped-corner ("back-loaded") type metal frames. If the corners on the back side of your metal frame have corner hardware that looks like this, and the frame channel is 3/8" wide, our metal frame picture hangers will fit.
We offer five different standard hangers for metal frames. Three are for use with picture wire only, one can be used either with wire or hung directly on a hook, and one is used at the top rail of the metal frame like a wood frame sawtooth hanger.
The metal frame hangers that we offer all perform well when used in conjunction with a good quality Picture Wire.
Wire hangers should be installed on the side rails of a metal frame, approximately one-third of the way down from the top of the picture. Picture wire is then run between the hangers to complete the job. (Go here to lean how to attach picture wire to hangers).
Snap-in Metal Frame Hangers (HWR-05) are a good choice for lighter metal frames under 2-3 lbs. These hangers snap into the metal frame universal channel and are held fast by the pulling action of the wire. Least expensive choice, installs in seconds, easy to adjust.
Solid Metal Frame Hangers (HWR-4258) have a rigid one-piece design and are held in place in the metal frame universal channel with a heavy set screw. They have large wire holes to facilitate attaching the picture wire. This hanger is the strongest metal frame hanger we offer.
European (Euro) Metal Frame Hangers (HWR-448) have large teardrop shaped wire holes that make wiring a frame very easy. Like the Solid Hanger, Euro Hangers attach with a set screw and are a close second to the Solid Hanger in strength.
Three-Part Metal Frame Hangers (HWR-4260) have a design that allows you to pivot the arm section of the hanger to the best position before tightening it down with the headed screw. This hanger can be used with picture wire but is particularly useful if you want to hang a metal frame directly on two picture hooks without using picture wire. (Place hangers at the top of the side rails and orient the hanger triangle rings vertically before tightening the hangers down).
Notched Metal Frame Hangers (HWR-09) snap into place in the metal frame's top rail universal channel. Once in place in the rail you can slide the hanger from side to side to position it. Larger frames will require two notched hangers. When using notched hangers, frames are hung directly on ordinary nails placed in the wall.
No disassembly of the frame is required for any of the metal frame hangers on this page. All five snap or drop into the universal channel on the back side of the frame.
Screw-down hangers must be tightened down firmly to be fully secure, but be careful not to over tighten them to the point where the screw slots are damaged.
The Solid Hanger (HWR-4258) does not have a left and right part: one hanger must be installed "upside down" to orient it properly for the wire.
When using a Notched Hanger (HWR-09), be certain that the screw or nail you hang the frame on is secure and in no danger of pulling out of the wall.
When hanging a large or heavy metal frame with wire, hangers can be doubled to create an added measure of safety. Simply place two hangers together on each side of the frame and intertwine the wires. (The principle is shown here on a wood frame).
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