Nothing is more frustrating than struggling to hang a picture because no one likes to see a crooked frame or hear a bang when it falls to the ground. Hanging pictures correctly requires some thought and a little skill. If you’d like to avoid the frustration and save time in the process, hire a professional to hang your picture frames, artwork, and more.

When you need straight, secure, professionally hung pictures in your home, call your local Mr. Handyman. We can get the job done no matter what size, shape, and weight of the frame. And we can get your project done right the first time. Need help with other projects around the house, we’re ready to get all the projects on your to-do list done.

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We can hang a wide variety of items on your wall, such as:

  • Family Portraits
  • Mirrors
  • Paintings
  • Art Work
  • Clocks
  • Certificates
  • Degrees & Diplomas
  • Animal Mounts

Professional Picture Hanging Tips:

  • Hang pictures so the middle of the frame is at eye level for an average height person.
  • Use good hardware to hang pictures to ensure they don’t fall from the weight of the frame.
  • If, and when available, hang items from a wall stud for better stability.
  • A bit of planning can go a long way when it comes to hanging art. Place artwork in its designated spot prior to hanging it on the wall to get a feel for how it will look.
  • For very large paintings and pictures, hire professional picture-hanging services to ensure proper placement and stability.

Tips on Hanging Pictures on Drywall

Interested in hanging some pictures yourself but concerned you’ll damage the walls? We recommend calling one of our picture-hanging professionals. However, if you’d like to do it yourself, consider the following tips:

  • Pick the lightest possible frame for your pictures or artwork because drywall can only support a specific amount of weight.
  • Make sure you use the proper supports when hanging heavier items. Use wall fasteners that are rated for specific weights, and, when possible, use a stud finder. Locating and utilizing studs to hang your items will add stability and allow you to hang heavier items.
  • Remember that mistakes are fixable. Our team of drywall repair experts can repair your damaged drywall and make it look like nothing ever happened.

Professional Picture Hanging FAQ

What is the best method for hanging pictures?

A wall stud provides the best support for hanging pictures and other items that have substantial weight. Therefore, if you can locate a stud to hang your frame or artwork, this is ideal since it will provide more support. For heavy pictures, use screws or specially designed wall mounts to hang your items. Screws generally provide even more support than nails. If a stud isn’t present where you’re hanging your picture, try using a hollow wall anchor, like a toggle bolt, molly bolt, or spiral anchor to secure the frame to the drywall.

Utilizing high-quality hangers and hooks will often work better than screws and nails for securing items to a wall. If you need help hanging items around the house, your local Mr. Handyman offers picture-hanging services that can help you get it all done, without the frustration and effort.

Is there a formula for hanging pictures?

Before determining the exact location of the items, you intend to hang, you’ll need to do a little prep work. First, try to locate the wall studs in the area where you plan to hang your item(s). If you find the stud(s), arrange the items in a way that you think looks the best.

A good formula for hanging items is to position the center of the piece 57 inches (1.45 meters) above the floor. This is a generally accepted height for hanging items since it puts the center of the piece at about eye level for an average person. This helps ensure your wall hanging receives the appreciation they deserve.

If the item you are hanging has a wire that it will hang from, use the formula x-y + 57 to position your hardware perfectly. In this formula “x” is half of the height of the frame, while “y” is the distance between the top of the wire when pulled up and the top of the frame. Need help figuring it all out? Reach out to Mr. Handyman for professional picture hanging services.

How do professionals hang pictures?

To hang pictures like a pro, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, make sure you have the right equipment. Good fasteners and a stud finder can help make hanging items a lot easier. Keep a tape measure and level close by for accuracy.

Use wall hangers and picture hooks that are specifically designed for the items you are hanging. Make sure they are rated for the weight of the item you’re hanging. If the item uses a wire for hanging, use two hooks or wall hangers for extra stability. This can keep pieces from falling and help improve its stability.

How can I minimize wall damage when hanging items?

Sticky tape or adhesive wall hooks are a few of the best ways to minimize damage to your walls when hanging items. If the item you intend to hang isn’t heavy, these methods are an excellent alternative to nails, screws, wall hangers, and/or hooks.

Whether you need help hanging items around your home, or help repairing damage to your drywall, your local Mr. Handyman is ready to help. Call, or schedule an appointment online today!

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