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How to Hang a Picture

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Most people think hanging a picture is as simple as hammering a nail into a wall. But hanging a picture does take some thought.

Tools you'll need:

  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Celluloid Tape
  • Spirit Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Picture Hooks or Hangers


  1. Before you hang your pictures on the wall, it's a good idea to lay them out on the floor first. This will give you an idea of how the finished display will look.
  2. Choose picture hooks or hangers to suit picture weight and wall type. When you buy picture hooks, always check the kilo rating. Standard sizes available generally support 2.2kg to 45kg.
    It may also be worth considering using two hooks - one on either side of the picture - to help stop the picture from moving.
  3. Generally, picture hooks should be driven into wall studs. You can find the stud by either using an electronic stud finder or by the simple tap and listen method - when you get closer to the stud, the sound will be flatter. When you're between the studs, it will be hollower.
  4. Decide on the height to hang the picture. Most things look best at eye level.
  5. Hold the picture up and make a small pencil mark on the wall where the top edge of the frame will be. Measure from the picture's hanging wire to the frame's top edge. Measure down that distance from the pencil mark you made and mark the spot - that's where the hook will go.
  6. Apply a small piece of celluloid tape over the spot where the hook will be to prevent plaster chipping or cracking.
  7. Place hook flat against the wall and carefully hammer in through the tape.
  8. Use a spirit level to ensure your picture hangs straight.

Tips: Avoid hanging one small picture on a huge expanse of wall. Your pictures will look better when grouped together.

Consider hanging your pictures in unusual places such as at the bottom of stairs or behind your bed to make a feature wall.

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