How to Hang a Picture or Mirror on Your Wall

By HomeAdvisor

Updated April 13, 2018

Nothing brightens your home like family photos or a beautiful painting. Use these five steps to decorate your walls with your favorite pieces.

Step 1: Gather your tools

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Nails or hangers

Step 2: Find your location

Pick the perfect spot for your picture or painting and place it at the base of the wall.

Step 3: Mark your hanger

First, find the spot for your hanger. Measure horizontally from wall to wall and divide that number in two. Make a mark at that number. Next, measure 60 inches from the floor. The intersection of your horizontal and vertical marks will be your hanger location.

Step 4: Secure your hanger

If you’re setting your hanger in drywall, wood or another soft surface, normal picture hangers or nails will work perfectly. If you’re setting your hanger in plaster or harder materials, use professional picture hangers. Heavier hangers are simple to remove and can hang larger frames up to 100 lbs.

Step 5: Hang your art

After you’ve hung your pictures or paintings, use a torpedo level to make sure they’re plumb.

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