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Hang Pictures on a Wall

A house just isn’t a home until it’s decorated. Following are step-by-step instructions and tips on how to quickly hang pictures and artwork on just about any type of wall surface in your home.

Tools & Materials

Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.


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Hanging pictures allows you to show off your artistic side on the walls of your home. If you’re hanging pictures on drywall and you change your mind, you can easily move the picture and make a minor repair to the wall. Lowe’s carries a variety of interior decorating books with tips, ideas and inspiration to help you with your project.

Tips for decorating with pictures:

  • Hang artwork so the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level.
  • Group pictures together and consider them as a unit, selecting those of similar sizes, themes and colors.
  • For groupings, lay the photos out on the floor in front of the selected wall area. Arrange the pictures until you're pleased with the results before mounting them.
  • Complement the available wall area and nearby furniture with single and group hangings. Sizes and shapes shouldn't be too big or too small.
  • Select artwork or pictures that complement the style and color of furniture and walls.
  • Choose special art for central locations that can benefit from spot lighting.
  • Make sure that the frames are solid and will support the weight of the art without bending or breaking. Also make sure the hangers can support the weight of the items.

Marking for Hanging

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  • Consider purchasing an assorted hanger and frame-back kit. Typically, it includes a wide variety of hanger hardware, such as sawtooth hangers, ring hangers, wire-and-eyelet hangers and assorted wall anchors. If you have questions about these kits or other picture hangers, ask a Lowe’s associate.
  • If you plan to hang a row of pictures that are identical in size, use a long carpenter’s level or laser level to mark each hanger location along the wall. Laser levels also work great for lining up pictures on an angle.

Step 1

Hold the picture up on the wall near eye level.

Step 2

Mark the wall at the center of the top of the frame with either a pencil or piece of painter’s tape (easily removed). This is the wall mark.

If the frame is too large or heavy to hold, use a carpenter’s level or laser level instead.

Step 3

On the back of the picture, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the mounting hook or center of the stretched wire. This is the adjustment measurement.

Step 4

On the wall, measure the adjustment measurement down from the wall mark. This is where to hang the picture hook on the wall.

Installing a Monkey Hook®

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Step 1

Select the hanging location.

Step 2

Use an electronic stud finder to make sure there isn't a stud behind the location.

  • To use a stud finder, press the ON buttons on the sides and slowly move it sideways across the mark. When it finds a vertical wall stud, it will beep or the lights will flash to identify the stud location. If there's a stud behind the mark, move the location mark to either side of the stud.

Step 3

Push the tip of the fastener into the drywall / wallboard about ¼ of an inch above the selected location, then twist it back and forth until it goes completely through the drywall.

Step 4

Rotate the hook in the wall and lock it into place so it's flush against the wall.

Step 5

Hang the picture.

Hanging Heavy Objects

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Heavy objects, like a mirror or large artwork, require stronger wall hangers. Three common hanging systems for heavy objects include:

A heavy-duty mount installed directly into a wall stud:

    1. Identify the location of the stud with a stud finder.

    2. Drive nails, screws or other fasteners through hangers into the drywall and the stud.

    3. Hang the object.

A heavy-duty mount installed using a wall anchor:
Hang an extra-wide or heavy object on the wall using two wall stud hangers. Wall studs typically are spaced 16 inches apart.

    1. Identify the location of the stud with a stud finder to make sure the anchor isn't installed in the stud.

    2. Using a drill, drive the anchor into the wall to secure it. Some anchors will flare when a screw is rotated into them. Other anchors have keys or tabs that spread the tip of the anchor on the other side of the drywall. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.

    3. Insert the screw through the hanger into the anchor.

    4. Hang the object.

A heavy-duty mount installed using a toggle bolt:

The SNAPTOGGLE Heavy-Duty Toggle Bolt installs quickly and easily in a small hole, without damaging your walls. It holds up to two times more weight than wing toggles and is used to hang heavy items, such as large pictures, mirrors, shelving or flat-panel televisions.

    1. Identify the location of the stud with a stud finder to make sure the bolt isn't installed in the stud.

    2. Drill a ½-inch hole in the wall.

    3. Align the metal channel along with the straps, and slide the channel through the hole.

    4. Hold the ends of the straps between your thumb and forefinger, and pull toward you until the channel rests flush against the backside of the wall.

    5. Slide the plastic cap along the straps with your other hand until the flange of the cap is flush with the wall.

    6. Snap the straps at the wall by pushing them side to side, snapping off the straps level with the flange of the cap.

    7. Insert a bolt or place your hook or bracket over the flange, then insert the bolt.
For easier cleanup, attach a plastic bag under the work area with painter’s tape to help catch dust.

Installing Adjustable Hangers

Installing groups of pictures, especially those of different sizes, can be a challenge that requires making minor adjustments to hanger locations. Fortunately, adjustable hangers are available that allow you to move pictures vertically as needed.

Step 1

Select the hanging location.

Step 2

Nail the adjustable hanger into place.

Step 3

Hang the object.

Step 4

Make needed up-or-down location adjustments to the hanger with a standard (flat) screwdriver and re-hang the object.

Installing in Plaster and Masonry

Many homes have plaster walls, and mounting on this surface can cause the plaster to chip. Masonry walls also require special techniques for hanging pictures. Here are a few tips for hanging on plaster or masonry walls.

  • Before installing a nail or other fastener in plaster, drill a pilot hole that's smaller than the fastener, then gently drive in the fastener.
  • Mounting on masonry requires a special masonry drill bit and masonry screws.
      1. Select the hanging location.

      2. Mark the location using the holes on the hanger as a guide.

      3. Use a masonry bit to drill the holes about ¼ of an inch deeper than the length of the screw.

      TIP: For safety, always wear eye protection when drilling into a masonry wall.

      4. Fasten the hanger with masonry screws.

      5. Hang the object.

And while you're thinking about art work, consider other complementary accessories like curtains, rugs, pillows, lamps and even plants. Lowe’s carries many decorative products to make your house feel more like home. Decorating your home’s walls with pictures and artwork is one of the easiest ways to transform and personalize living spaces.