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How to Hang a Picture

September 16th, 2011 Bed and Bath

Art is a great way to add interest and flair to your decor. Once you've made or chosen a piece to hang on your wall, you're going to need a dependable way to attach it so it looks great and doesn't fall down, smashing the glass. Here are some tips to help you decorate your walls with framed works.

1. Hang your pieces at eye-level, which is easy to do and won't leave your guests straining their necks. Use the center of your picture as a reference point, then measure around 60 inches from the floor.


2. To ensure that your piece isn't crooked and won't get bumped around, avoid using wire hangers, which aren't always reliable. If you do use a wire, use two wall hooks to even it out.


3. Use hooks that don't stick out too far from the wall. You don't want a ton of shadow to be seen underneath or above your art, so choose hooks that are relatively flat.


4. J-shaped hooks are easy to use, but choose a variety with a sharp angle to avoid a gaping distance between the picture and the wall, recommends Popular Mechanics.


5. Measure as much as possible. Calculate the distance between the hooks so you know how far apart they'll be, then measure so they're in the center of the piece, and it will go exactly where you want it to on the wall.


6. Make any marks with painter's tape, chalk or a very light pencil. That way, it'll be easy to change your mind if you decide you want to move it.


7. Use a light touch when putting in any pins. You don't want to put a deep hole through your wall - then you won't be able to attach anything to it!


8. Make sure your artwork is straight by using a leveling tool once you're done. Perfect!