How to hang a picture perfectly every time

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Seven simple steps for picture hanging perfection:

To help you get the maximum impact for your wall (and to minimise hassle), we’ve put together a simple guide for hanging a picture frame. ! If you are a DIY guru, feel free to ignore this guide and crack on with job… Take a look at our solid wood picture frames if you're feeling inspired!
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Tools require:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Duster
  • Table knife
  • Spirit level (if you're a perfectionist...)

Prepare the frame:

Remove the wrapping and corner protectors and open up the tabs on the back of the frame (a table knife blade works well, or a screwdriver). Lift out the backing board and the glazing, remove the protective film from the glazing and re-insert. If using a mount, attach your artwork either to the mount or the backing board then reassemble, folding the tabs back down. Make sure you have the hanger at the top! If you ordered our hanging kit, add the felt pads to the bottom corners of the rear of the frame.

Check your wall type:

If you bought our hanging kit, we’ve supplied a picture hook that should work with most wall types, but you may struggle on a really hard concrete wall (in which case a hardwall picture hook or adhesive strips should be used instead).

Be careful of wires and pipes:

Be sure that you are not going to nail into an electrical wire or heating pipe. Places to be wary of include directly above/below light switches and sockets, or above a radiator valve. If in doubt, check with an experienced tradesman.

Measure carefully:

Decide the height you would like the top of the frame to sit on the wall (usually by getting a helper to hold the picture for you, or matching another picture frame). Measure from the ceiling to the top edge of the frame and write the distance down somewhere (the back of the picture is handy for this). On the frame itself, double check the distance from the top of the frame to the hanger position. It’s usually around 8.5cm, but could vary slightly. Write this distance down.

Mark the wall:

Add the two distances that you measured in Step 4 together - this gives the position of the bottom of the hook from the ceiling. Measuring from the ceiling down, mark a horizontal line on the wall at the distance calculated. Use a spirit level if you have one, if not a well-judged ruler line will do.

Mark a vertical line to show the ‘left-to-right’ position that you want on the wall, you now have a cross at the exact point to position the hook.

Attach the hook to the wall:

The bottom of the hook needs to sit on your pencil cross (not the top or the point of the nail). Position the hook carefully and gently strike the nail into the wall. Do not hammer the nail in too far or the hook will deform and accuracy will be lost. Watch your fingers!


Hang the picture:

Give the picture a gentle dust (be careful to use a clean duster or soft cloth, any grit will scratch the acrylic glazing). Wiggle the hanger on the back of the frame over your picture hook. Finally, use the spirit level to check the picture is dead horizontal, or just step back and see how it looks! A lot of older houses have ceilings, picture rails and fireplaces that aren’t level, so a bit of judgement is often required.

cut-2-length cannot accept any liability for damage caused by hanging pictures. The advice above is provided to assist with creating beautiful walls; it is not a definitive guide to safe practice for picture hanging or the use of hammers.

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