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How to hang a picture

A really quick way to add color and personality to a wall is to hang artwork. It’s interchangeable and quick. The key is planning what to hang.

I’m still indecisive on what to hang on my blank wall in my stairway. But I still wanted to learn the proper way to hang artwork so I asked Daniel Tsushima, porter at HomeWorld Honolulu to teach me.

L0067851 Oil paintimg frame Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Frame for the oil painting "Yellow fever in Buenos Aires, 1871." By: Juan Manuel BlanesPublished: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

First, he measures the distance between the edge of the frame and the flush mount bracket, which in this case is 3/4″.


Knowing the distance of the flush mount bracket is critical to know where to place your nail.

Now, you’ll know your nail needs to go 3/4″ lower than the marking on the wall.


Use a nail or screw to hang your frame.


Use a level to check if your picture is straight.


In this case, Daniel is hanging four frames in a square arrangement.


Looks great!

Quick Tips:

  1. Nails will work fine for lightweight frames. You also have the option of using adhesive wall hangers which will not damage your walls. Ideal for rental units.
  2. If you have heavy frames, you should use plastic wall plugs or heavy-duty toggle bolts. Toggle bolts will do the most damage to your walls but they are strong. Also toggle bolts require the use of a drill.
  3. A common mistake people make is hanging their pictures too high. The ideal height is 57″ on center, which means your artwork’s center should measure at 57″ from the floor.

Now I just have to figure out what to hang in my stairway. Any ideas?



About Terri Dux

When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

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