A home doesn’t feel like a home until you’ve hung a few things on the wall. Framed pictures and mirrors are some of the most popular items to hang. Although it’s a fairly simple task, people often shy away from hanging them themselves, because they fear they’ll do it incorrectly. However, with the right tools and materials, you can hang a frame yourself in just 30 minutes to an hour.
Here’s what you’ll need to get it done.
- Tape measure
- Wire cutters
- Self-adhesive cork pads or rubber bumpers
- Picture hanging wire
- Picture hooks
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear. Throughout the video, we’ll alert you regarding when you should and should not use the safety gear.
Please note that this project applies only to wooden frames.
Measure your frame. Before beginning this project, you’ll need to buy picture hooks and D-rings strong enough to support the weight of what you’ll be hanging. Once you purchase the right hardware, measure the side of your frame. Place the D-rings about a quarter to a third of the way down, marking each spot with a pencil.
Attach picture wire. Install a D-ring on each side with screws from your frame’s packaging. You’ll now install the picture wire. When cutting the wire, make sure you cut enough to safely secure it. Once you cut the wire, attach it between the D-rings, ensuring it doesn’t go above the frame. Twist the wire around the D-ring, then loop it back around and through to ensure a secure attachment. Wrap some of the excess around the wire five to eight times, then trim it. Repeat this process on the other side of the frame.
Attach pads. Attach a self-adhesive cork pad or rubber bumper on the bottom corners of the frame to prevent wall damage. Silicone caulk can also be used.
Determine the frame height. Hold the picture up to the wall to determine the correct placement. Mark where the top of the frame will go with a pencil.
Hook placement. To determine your picture hook’s placement, first pull the picture wire taunt and measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire. Use this measurement and measure down from the mark you made previously.
Install picture hook. Nail the picture hook to the wall with your hammer, making sure the bottom of the hook lines up with the mark on the wall.
Hang frame. Hang your picture or mirror by slipping the picture wire over the picture hook. Use a level to ensure your frame is straight and adjust as needed.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully hung your picture or mirror, without any extra holes in your wall or your frame.