Picture Frame Hardware

Choosing the proper hardware

Picture hook: Use these in plaster walls with lightweight artwork only. To avoid chipping of the paint on the wall, hammer the nail through a piece of masking tape, then careful peel the tape back. Picture rail hooks are quite popular because they hang off the dado railings and do not mark walls.

Anchor: A hole must be drilled in the wall for the plastic anchor to be inserted, followed by a screw. This is a good way to be confident that the picture won't fall, as it is intended for medium-sized pieces of art.

Toggle bolt: Use these in plaster walls for very heavy pieces. Once they are in the wall, more support is provided for your piece when the wings of your toggle bolt open up.

Decide on the space

Don't restrict yourself to what you know as the traditional way to display art. Be creative. Assess the space you're working with and ask yourself if you can fit in a shelf for display or rearrange the mantle for the frame to lean there. Also, no one is saying that a frame must be hung by a steel wire. Try funky ribbons or unusual and interesting cord.

Determining the proper level

Usually eye level is a safe bet when it comes to hanging art. The problem is that everyone's eye level is different. If you're interested in a more systematic way to calculate, try this:

Measure 60" up the wall from the floor. Now, add half the height of the framed picture. Meantime, pull the wire tight on the back of the frame, and measure from the tip of the 'V' to the top of the frame. Subtract this number from the total thus far. This should give you a good idea at what level to hang your piece.

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