DIY tips for Hanging Art: Wall Types March 09 2016, 0 Comments

Picture Hanging Hooks:

  • Use picture hanging hooks instead of nails. Although nails may seem sturdier because they are heavier, the hooks go in the wall at an angle and are much more secure for picture hanging.

  • Picture hangers are specifically made for hollow walls making it easier on any surface that is too weak to hold a nail or a screw.

  • Buy the right type of hook for your arts weight.

    • One-nail picture hook: holds 30 pounds or lighter

    • Two-nail picture hook: holds around 50 pounds

    • Three-nail picture hook: holds between 75 - 100 pounds

  • Use two hooks per artwork to provide security and help the art remain level.

Type of Wall:

Plaster & Drywall:

  • When dealing with drywall or plaster it is best to have a stud finder. This will help you find the wall studs in your wall and allow you to hang the artwork from the most secure spots to avoid wall damage. Wall studs are the wooden framings behind your wall; knowing where they are will stop you from hanging art in an unsteady section of your wall. You can buy electronic stud finders that beep or flash when identifying a spot containing wall studs. Prices range from $20 to $40 and can be found in most hardware stores.
  • When hanging on plaster wall use a piece of scotch tape where you will hammer in the hook to prevent the plaster from crumbling.

Wood & Paneling:

  • When dealing with wood or panel use wood screws. Wood screws are easy to install with a screw driver and stay in wood/paneling very strongly.
  • If you are hanging something lightweight use adhesive strips and hooks to avoid any wall damage. Part is attached to the wall and the other part is attached to the picture. Line these two parts up and simply press the picture in place. If you want to take down the picture just pull the adhesive strips off the wall. Be careful though, for these strips hold a maximum weight of only eight pounds.
  • When dealing with a heavier art piece use anchors that spread out behind the wall after inserting the screw.
  • Installing nail or screw holes into the grooves of paneling make it harder to see them when they are removed.