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Shaped to Fit on Wood Picture Rail Moulding
Wide or Narrow Style Hooks, Two Finishes
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Narrow Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook

Narrow Rail Hook

HWR-1926

$1.00
pkg of 2
narrow brass picture rail hook

Qty Pkgs:

BULK PRICING: $.95 for 25-49 pkgs • $.90 for 50-99 pkgs • $.85 for 100-199 pkgs • $.80 for 200 or more pkgs

 

Wide Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook

Wide Rail Hook

HWR-2320

$1.00
pkg of 2
wide brass picture rail hook

Qty Pkgs:

BULK PRICING: $.95 for 25-49 pkgs • $.90 for 50-99 pkgs • $.85 for 100-199 pkgs • $.80 for 200 or more pkgs

 

Secure Nickel-Plated Picture Rail Hook

Secure NP Rail Hook

HWR-250-NP

$1.50
pkg of 2
secure nickel picture rail hook

Qty Pkgs:

BULK PRICING: $1.43 for 25-49 pkgs • $1.35 for 50-99 pkgs • $1.28 for 100-199 pkgs • $1.20 for 200 or more pkgs

 

Secure Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook

Secure BP Rail Hook

HWR-250-BP

$1.50
pkg of 2
secure brass picture rail hook

Qty Pkgs:

BULK PRICING: $1.43 for 25-49 pkgs • $1.35 for 50-99 pkgs • $1.28 for 100-199 pkgs • $1.20 for 200 or more pkgs

 

Other Items 

Fastening Nails for Secure Rail Hooks (Optional)

1/2 oz pkg (aprox 100 pcs) 1/2 x 18 flat head wire nails for HWR-250-BP & HWR-250-NP
HWR-302
Rail Hook Nails
1/2 oz pkg
$1.50

Picture Rail Hooks - Sample Pack

one of each of the four hooks offered above, for comparison purposes
SMP-101
Rail Hooks Sample Pack
4 hooks
$2.50

 

ORDERING INFORMATION

Our minimum order is $20.
You may submit an order for less, but a $5 small order fee will be added.
Prefer to order by telephone?
Phone orders accepted Mon-Fri, 10-5 (Eastern Time): 919-732-8364.
Bulk order items are not supplied individually packaged in most cases.
bulk pricing general info

 

Specifications: Picture Rail Hooks

Picture rail hooks are designed to fit tightly against the S-curve profile of traditional wood Picture Rail Moulding (sometimes called "Ogee" or "OG" moulding), which is typically installed on walls around the perimeter of a room, 6-12" down from the ceiling. Picture rail moulding is most often found already installed in older homes, but the moulding is still manufactured and is sometimes specified for new homes as well.

Maximum picture weight for picture rail moulding hooks, using 2 hooks per picture, is around 25 lbs for HWR-2320 & HWR-1926; around 20 lbs for HWR-250-NP & HWR-250-BP.

 

narrow brass picture rail hook

wide brass picture rail hook

Narrow Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook
1 3/4" long x 3/16" wide
Narrow Rail Hook - HWR-1926
Wide Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook
1 5/8" long x 11/16" wide
Wide Rail Hook - HWR-2320

 

secure nickel picture rail hook

secure brass picture rail hook

Secure Nickel-Plated Rail Hook
1 3/4" long x 1/2" wide
Secure Nickel Rail Hook - HWR-250-NP
Secure Brass-Plated Rail Hook
1 3/4" long x 1/2" wide
Secure Brass Rail Hook - HWR-250-BP

 

Picture Rail Hooks
Part No.
Type
Finish
Length
Width
Thickness
HWR-1926
narrow
brass
1 3/4"
3/16"
1/8"
HWR-2320
wide
brass
1 5/8"
11/16"
1/32"
HWR-250-NP
secure
nickel
1 3/4"
1/2"
1/32"
HWR-250-BP
secure
brass
1 3/4"
1/2"
1/32"

 

A framed picture should be hung from two picture rail hooks, with individual and equal lengths of Picture Wire running down from each hook to a Picture Hanger installed on the the back side of the frame near each top corner.

Be sure that the picture hangers on the back of the frame are placed at the top corners. Placing the hangers down too low on the frame will cause the picture to lean out too far from the wall at the top edge when hung. If the picture is already wired for normal hook & wire hanging, either move the existing hangers to the top corners of the frame or leave the old hardware in place and attach new hangers at the top corners.

For larger pictures, use Strap Hangers or D-Ring Hangers, aligned vertically at the top corners of the frame.

If you already have picture rail moulding installed in your house, the primary advantage of using it to hang pictures is that you can avoid making nail or screw holes in your walls.

If you are interested in adding picture rail moulding to a room, this is fairly easy project to undertake. Please see our Picture Rail Moulding page.

 

picture rail mouding 1

picture rail mouding 2

Picture Rail Moulding
Wide Hook in Position on Moulding

 

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picture rail hooks group 2

Hook Comparison View 1
Hook Comparison View 2

 

narrow brass picture rail hook

wide brass picture rail hook

Narrow Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook
Wide Brass-Plated Picture Rail Hook

 

secure nickel picture rail hook

secure brass picture rail hook

Secure Nickel-Plated Rail Hook
Secure Brass-Plated Rail Hook
 

Important Note

Although the basic shape (profile) of wood picture rail moulding has remained essentially the same over many years, manufacturing variations will occur. On older picture rail moulding, wood shrinkage, paint buildup and other factors can affect picture rail hook fit

Moreover, since there are slight differences in the profiles of the hooks that we supply, often one type of picture rail hook or another will produce a better fit on a given rail. Unfortunately, these manufacturing variations are not within our control and we cannot guarantee that our picture rail moulding hooks will fit on picture rail moulding that we have not simultaneously supplied ourselves.

We offer a picture rail hook sample pack if you want to try out each of the four hooks we supply on the picture rail moulding you have before ordering a larger amount. If you are not ordering anything else, read our policy on sample-only orders here.

If necessary, rail hooks can be bent a little bit with hand pliers to make up for minor picture rail moulding profile variations. Any of the three wider style hooks are easier to bend than the narrow version.

Since problems with this issue often cannot be foreseen in advance we will do our best to work with you if you encounter fit problems with picture rail hooks.

 

Additional Notes

• Our secure type picture rail hooks have two small holes along the front face and one at the top bend that allow them to be nailed or screwed to the picture rail moulding if desired. This is an optional safety feature that is particularly useful in earthquake country. Suitable nails are available from us here, or you can use your own fasteners.

• If you wish, picture rail hooks can be painted the color of the picture rail moulding to make them less noticeable. Most people prefer the appearance of the manufactured finishes. HWR-2320 & HWR-1926 have a warm gold/brass color; HWR-250-BP is a darker green/gold; HWR-250-NP has a nickel/silver finish. Some slight color variations may occur.

• All of our picture rail hooks have the same basic shape (profile) and are more or less equally strong. Of the four types we carry, HWR-1926 is probably the strongest. See maximum picture weights listed at the top of this page. Rail hooks are sometimes doubled side-by-side to hang heavier items. Keep in mind that this is NOT a system that should be used to hang very heavy items.

• We do not recommend using monofilament (nylon fishing line or the like) to hang pictures from picture rail hooks. This material may stretch under load and eventually break. Use picture wire instead. Stainless Steel Picture Wire is a good choice for picture rail hanging because stainless wire is thinner than standard braided picture wire and is therefore less noticeable. In addition, stainless wire will not rust or tarnish over time.

 

Instructions: Picture Rail Hooks

  1. Two picture rail hooks per frame should be used.
  2. A second person to assist in hanging can be very helpful.
  3. Start by checking the fit of the hooks on your picture rail moulding. If necessary, hooks can be bent slightly for a better fit.
  4. Picture Hangers or Strap Hangers or D-Ring Hangers should be installed at the top corners of frames to be hung, aligned vertically just below the top edge. Position the hangers down just far enough from the frame's top edge so that they will not be noticeable from the front side when the frame is hung.
  5. Attach lengths of Stainless Steel Picture Wire to the bottom (smaller) bends of two picture rail hooks, each length long enough to extend down from the Picture Rail Moulding to where the top of the frame will be on the wall. To attach wire to a picture rail hook: make 2-3 tight loops around the picture rail hook bottom bend about 4" down from one end of the wire; wrap the wire around itself to form a tight, compact compact coil about 1 to 1 1/2" long just below the bend; then clip off any excess wire.
  6. Place the top (larger) bend of the picture rail hooks in position on the picture rail moulding, spaced apart roughly the same distance as the width of the frame to be hung. Let the loose ends of the wires dangle down.
  7. Insert the wire from the picture rail hook on the right-hand side through the picture hanger on the right-hand side of the frame and raise the frame on the wall to roughly the height you want it to be. Support the left hand side of the frame with your left hand or, better still, have someone help you hold the frame in position.
  8. Temporarily loop the picture wire around itself at the picture hanger to hold the right-hand side of the frame in position.
  9. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 on the left-hand side.
  10. Make any necessary adjustments to the position or spacing of the hooks on the picture rail moulding. The two wires should be parallel.
  11. As necessary, unloop the wires at the picture hangers and adjust the wire height up or down on either side until the picture is at the correct height and is level.
  12. Final-wrap the wire at each picture hanger , making tight, compact coils. Clip off any excess wire.
  13. Once in position, HWR-250-BP and HWR-250-NP moulding hooks can be fastened to the rail with small nails or screws through the existing holes in these hooks. This optional step will provide added security in the event of an earthquake or similar event. Flat head 1/2" x 18 wire nails are a good choice. Don't use too large a fastener and take care not to split the wood moulding or damage the hooks when hammering in nails.

 

 

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