Steps to Hang Photos

When you find the perfect picture frame for your photograph, painting, or print, the next step is hanging it correctly. Mistakes in this step can be bad news for a number of reasons, including falling picture frames, unlevel frames, and even damaged artwork.

When you find the perfect picture frame for your photograph, painting, or print, the next step is hanging it correctly. Mistakes in this step can be bad news for a number of reasons, including falling picture frames, unlevel frames, and even damaged artwork. Before hammering away at your wall to display your pictures, know what to do — and know what NOT to do.

  1. Find the Right Spot — Before You Drill

When you're preparing to hang your picture frames, identify the right place first. If you're using a one-hook picture frame, you can figure out approximately where you want to hang it, and then nail or screw in the fastener. But when it's time to mount a picture frame that has multiple brackets, things get a little trickier.

  1. Fasten Brackets and Hangers to a Stud

Some rules are made to be broken, but securing a picture into a stud is one that you shouldn't break unless you want to risk creating a big mess.

  1. Use Only Quality Picturing Hanging Fixtures

Yes, you could use thumbtacks. You could even use finishing nails. But the fact is if you want to make sure your frame keeps cradling your beloved artwork, give them something solid to hold onto. Cheap plastic brackets and plated metal brackets typically won't do the trick any more than inexpensive finishing nails.

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