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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tutorial Thursday...Tips on Hanging Pictures

Let's talk about getting those pictures up on the wall, shall we? I want to share with you a few of my favorite methods. My goal is two-fold: 1) To use the correct support for the weight and size of the picture, whether it is in a frame, canvas or mounted on styrene or gator board. AND 2) Minimize the damage to my walls. Whether you plan to re-arrange your images a lot or whether you think you might move from your current house, less damage is always better in my opinion.:) All of the walls in my house are drywall. So, please take that into consideration when applying hanging methods in your own house.

A personal favorite of mine are 3M Large Picture-Hanging Strips:
The size and weight of your piece will determine how many you need to use. Sometimes on a small and lightweight frame, two on the top corners is sufficient. If you have a larger frame, you can place them on all four corners and it can hold up to 16 lbs! The easy part about this method, once you get the strips adhered to the back of the frame and ready to stick to the wall, you hold it where you want (add a level for good measure) and push it to the wall and hold for 30 seconds. And, if in the future sometime, you want to change out the picture in the frame, you can detach it and then reattach it. Or, if you want to remove the strips from the wall and put a new arrangement there someday, you pull down on the tabs slowly and the adhesive is removed from the wall and your wall is fresh and ready for a new idea. Just recently I tried another Command Strip product and I am liking them so far as well, the 3M Sawtooth Picture-Hanging Hooks:
I have found them more useful for the frames that have bumper pads on the back that stick out further than the velcro-type strips do and therefore the velcro-type strips wouldn't work in those scenarios. But with the metal hanging hook, you can use the saw tooth hanger on the back of your frame just as you would on a nail but without damaging your drywall.

Have a wire hanger for a frame or canvas and don't want to poke another hole in your wall? Here is another product by 3M to help you out.  It is what they call a Command Sticky Nail Wire-Back Hanger.

And, finally...if you have a heavy frame and don't have a stud (get yourself a stud-finder...haha) in the location you need and you don't want to use a drywall anchor (pictured below is a Toggler Snapskru SP Self-Drilling Drywall Anchor with Screw), you can

      use a Monkey Hook! I used one recently on my wall and was very impressed with how easy it was to install. You don't need any tools to install it for drywall, and it works like a charm. The hole that it leaves when you want to remove it is very small relative to a drywall anchor or a screw. And, depending on the size of hook, they can hold up to 20 lbs!

I hope this helps you with some techniques to limit damage to your walls in an effort to hang up those pretty pictures! There are more methods out there but I wanted to share a few of my favorites:) Thanks so much for stopping by and please leave a comment if you have a different favorite hanging method!

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