Do I need to hang my pictures on wall studs?
Many people think that in order to safely hang a picture it must be on a wall stud, but the reality is, wall studs are rarely located where you need them to be. Architects and homebuilders don’t strategically place them where you’ll want to hang your artwork.
Remember, hanging pictures is all about common sense.
For lightweight items:
- Anything light, including picture frames, canvases, shadow boxes, clocks, plates etc. can be hung with a nail, hook or screw. If you’re using a nail, hammer it at a 45º angle to get the maximum holding power. As for picture hooks, be sure to choose one according to the weight of your piece.
For heavier items:
- Large frames with a glass, mirrors, anything that feels heavy when you’re holding it against the wall will need extra hanging power.
- Consider using 2 nails or hooks for each piece, which will help equally distribute the weight.
- In some cases, especially when dealing with large heavy mirrors, it’s best to use wall anchors. They make big holes in walls, but you need to think about safety first.
For more detailed information about what picture hanging hardware to use on what surface, read this article by Danny Lipford’s, host of Today’s Homeowner. He covers pretty much everything there is to know about what hanging hardware to use.