Picture Hanging Hacks

Hanging stuff on your walls can be tedious frustrating, especially if it ends up crooked! These handy hacks will help you get it right the first time.

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“On center” means that the middle of the artwork is always at 57″ (obviously, this only applies to hanging art on an open wall or above lower furniture, rather than over taller features like a fireplace). Interestingly, the 57″ standard represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.

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USE TEMPLATES & TAPE

Cut out paper patterns and arrange them on the wall with low-adhesive masking tape. 

TOOTHPASTE MARKS THE SPOT

You can also place a small dab of toothpaste on the hanger and then press it against the template once it’s on the wall. Remove the frame, and the spot of toothpaste on the template will mark the nail’s placement.

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HOW HIGH TO HANG PICTURES
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PINPOINT A SOLUTION

Here’s a nifty way to mark nail hole positions on walls when you’re hanging that new picture. Glue two pushpins top to top with a cyanoacrylate glue (such as Super Glue). Find the center of the picture along the upper back edge of the frame and press in one of the pins. Now just hold the picture up, maneuver it to the best spot, and press in to mark for the nail. This tip works best when you’re hanging pictures with hardware screwed on the back of the frame, but if you’re putting up wire-hung pictures, just measure the distance from the top of the wire to the pushpin hole and move the nail down that distance. Many thanks to reader Richard Wooden for clearly framing this sharp tip.

HANG SHELVES INSTEAD

With these picture frames, you don’t have to mess with positioning hooks. Your photos and artwork will never go crooked, and best of all, you can “redecorate” instantly just by swapping things around. There’s no need to patch holes every time you move a picture.

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MY FAVORITE HACK

Use a piece of tape to make hanging pictures a breeze.

USE STICKY NOTE TO CAPTURE DUST

Since hanging artwork is usually a task done in a finished room, it can create drywall, plaster, or concrete dust on your carpet, floors, or furniture. So just use this little tip: Add a simple, folded Post-It underneath your marked hole to collect most of the dust made from your pilot hole. Genius, right?

Happy Hanging!

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