What's the simplest, easiest way to hang a
Hook & wire. It
has been around forever, it works, and everyone understands
the principles involved. There are many great new hanging
systems available today, with demonstrable advantages over
the hook & wire method, but if you want to keep things
simple, Picture Hangers, Picture Wire and Picture Hooks are
the way to go.
How can I prevent pictures from being removed or stolen from
We offer Security
Hangers that "lock" pictures to the wall. Most pictures in hotel rooms,
for example, are hung using some sort of security hardware.
Other than ripping the frame away from the wall by brute
force, pictures hung with security hardware can be removed
from the wall only by using a special tool that "unlocks"
How secure are pictures hung with security picture
The security systems that we offer lock a picture to the wall
with steel hardware hidden behind the frame. These systems
will prevent someone from just lifting the picture off the
wall and walking away with it. Without knowledge of how the
hardware works and possession of the appropriate security
wrench, it is very difficult to unlock a security-hung
picture from a wall.
That being said, if
enough force is applied (large crowbar, etc.), security
hanger anchors can be ripped out of a wall, particularly a
modern drywall [plasterboard, sheetrock] wall, which
is composed of relatively soft material. Security hangers
are very effective at preventing tampering and "casual
theft," but will only slow down someone who doesn't
particularly care about damaging the frame or the wall and
is determined to take the picture.
How high should I hang my pictures?
Most people hang
pictures too high. The often-repeated rule of thumb is that
the horizontal centerline of a picture should be at eye
level. This is not particularly helpful advice since people
vary in height, but an average-size person should be able to
look comfortably at a picture without having to either bend
down or look up. Pictures hung in the home often must be
placed over furniture and therefore need to be hung higher
than eye level, but you should try to get most of your
pictures down to where people can see and enjoy
How do I hang a very heavy picture/mirror?
See our sections on
believe in overkill when it comes to hanging heavy pictures.
It is always prudent to build in as much of a safety factor
as possible. Remember that picture hanging hardware is
hidden behind the picture, so using "too big" a hook or "too
heavy" a wire will not be detrimental visually. We feel that
the extra trouble and minimal extra expense required for
what might be hardware overkill is preferable to the
possible consequences of using something "good
How large a hook/hanger/wire should I use for my
At least one or two
sizes larger than you think you need. The manufacturer's
"pound ratings" or "maximum picture weight" designations on
picture hanging hardware are somewhat misleading in that a
"100 lb. hook" should not be counted on to hold up a
picture weighing 100 lbs. We advise our customers to use
these ratings for comparison purposes only and to never
exceed a load of more than one-third of the pound rating
given for any hardware item. Also, keep in mind that your
installation will only be as strong as the weakest link in
the hardware chain. For example if you use a 100 lb. hook in
conjunction with 20 lb. wire, the extra holding capacity of
the hook is wasted.
My hung pictures are always going out of level. How can I
A simple solution to
this common complaint is to use two hooks instead of one for
each picture, spaced apart on the wall at a distance
approximately one-third the width of the picture being hung.
This solves the problem in many, but not all cases. There is
also a clever product called the Hang Straight Hook
that incorporates two picture wire prongs on a single hook.
Finally, we offer several excellent Picture
that will keep pictures permanently level on the wall.
How do I find the location of wall studs?
The old fashioned
method is to find the first stud by driving a small nail
into the wall where you think a stud might be (determined by
tapping on the wall and listening for a change in sound)
and, if unsuccessful, moving the nail hole position left or
right in one inch or so increments until you hit a stud.
This method can leave a trail of small holes in your wall.
Fortunately, when you find the first stud, the others will
almost always found at 16" intervals out from that point.
Alternatively, inexpensive electronic "stud finders" (around
$20 or so on up) are widely available and work well. These
gadgets, about the size of a TV remote, read wall density
and indicate stud locations by beeping, flashing lights, LCD
readouts and the like. If you hang pictures on a regular
basis a stud finder is a worthwhile investment.
I can't put holes in my walls. What's the best hanging
method to use?
Our Brass-Plated Picture Hooks
leave only very small. easily repairable holes in walls when
removed. If you can't have any holes in the wall at all and
the room has picture rail moulding, you can use Picture Rail Hooks
Wire to hang
pictures. We also supply unfinished wood Picture
if you want to install new picture rail moulding in the
There are a number
of more complicated (and expensive) hanging systems, often
called "gallery systems," that consist of metal or plastic
rails at the top of the wall in combination with vertical
hanging rods or cables with sliding hooks to which pictures
are then attached. We will be offering at least one of these
systems on our site in the near future.
You can try using
self-adhesive double-sided foam tape or Velcro to mount
lightweight items to a wall that either cannot have holes
placed in it or won't accept mechanical fasteners. Use this
method with caution as room temperatures either above or
below normal and/or high humidity will tend to weaken the
Is it OK to hang pictures in a bathroom with a
Humidity is an enemy
of artwork, especially paper artwork, and a shower can
produce a lot of humidity. If you must hang pictures in a
bathroom with a shower, make sure that the artwork is
inexpensive or replaceable. Also, consider using acrylic
instead of glass for pictures in bathrooms. Broken glass and
bare feet are not a good combination. Metal frames tend to
stand up better than wood frames in high humidity
environments. Inspect bathroom pictures from time to time.
Look for artwork wrinkling, buckling or signs of mildew and
for any rusting of the hardware on the back side of the
I have some mounted, unframed posters I want to hang. What
should I use?
Try our Foamboard Hangers. We
carry both the plastic and metal types, either of which work
well for the temporary display of foam-mounted
How can I hang pictures on a slanted or angled
If you have a
slanted or angled wall on which you want to hang framed
pictures, consider using our Lock-In Security Hangers
to attach the frame flush to the wall.
The hanging process
can be a little tricky on a slanted wall because you are
working against gravity--a second pair of hands is usually
needed--but once the frame is properly secured it will be
held in place against the wall surface.
Because the Lock-In
Hanger Wall Brackets used at the top of the frame will not
be quite as secure on a slanted wall as on a normal wall, we
recommend using an Extra T-Lock Screw at the bottom of the
frame for additional safely [refer to our page on
for more information about this].
I don't like it when top edges of hung pictures lean out
from the wall. What can I do?
A hook & wire
hung picture will always lean out from the wall at the top
edge to some degree. How much will depend on the amount of
slack in the wire, the position of the wire hangers on the
frame and the size and shape of the picture itself. Reducing
the amount of slack in the wire by untying one end and
shortening it will often help. If you want to eliminate the
lean entirely and have the picture held tightly to the wall
surface, replace the existing hardware on the picture with
one of our Picture
or Cleat Hangers.
What's the best way to go about hanging a group of
A good way to think
about a group of pictures is to treat them as one large
picture made up of movable interior elements. You first
determine the overall size of the imaginary rectangle on
your wall that you want to fill and then experiment moving
around the individual pictures within that rectangle until
you arrive at an arrangement that is pleasing. You can do
this by laying all the pictures out on the floor and trying
out various combinations before putting that first hook in
Another trick is to
duplicate the shapes and sizes of the pictures to be hung
using Kraft or construction paper and move these paper
templates around on the wall before you start hanging the
real thing. Make sure to allow enough space between
pictures. The number-one mistake we see in picture groupings
is a lack of "breathing room" between pictures.
How can I avoid damaging real plaster walls when hanging
needlepoint nails that come with our Brass-Plated Hooks are
designed to go into plaster walls with much less danger of
cracking the plaster surface. When using regular hooks, it
is often recommended to place an "X' of masking or other
removable tape on the wall at the point where the picture
hook nail goes in (remove the tape before hanging the
picture). Taping certainly can't hurt, but don't count on
this method alone to prevent plaster cracks.
I want to hang a picture on a brick/stone/concrete wall.
What hardware should I use?
There are special
hooks and hanging methods for hardwall hanging. Please see
our section on Hardwall Hooks.
Do you have a retail outlet in my area where I can buy your
No, we do not have
retail stores or distributors. We sell over the Internet
I have a difficult/unusual/complicated item to hang. Can you
Email or call us and
we'll give you the best advice we can.