How to get IKEA Ribba Frames to Behave

2 floating shelves holding a variety of black and white frames

We love Ribba™ frames from IKEA. They’re inexpensive, stylish and versatile. But they can be frustrating as well. We’ve hung more Ribba frames over the years than we can count and along the way we’ve come up with some tips and tricks to make things easier. We hope they help you too.


Problem: The Wire that comes with the frames is stiff and hard to twist.
Replacing the stiff picture wire from the IKEA Ribba frame

  • Buy a roll of galvanized braided picture hanging wire. Choose the wire that holds up to 20 lbs. It’s strong, easy to twist, loops very easily around the metal clips and doesn’t look bulky when using on smaller lighter frames.


Where do I place the metal clips on the back of the frame?
Placement of the clips along the sides of the about 1/3 of the way from the top

  • Place the clips 1/3 of the way down from the top of the frame. This rule of thumb works with any size of frame, and will make sure your frame hangs nicely against the wall.


How do I get the wire onto the frame?
threading and securing picture wire to the clips on the back of the IKEA Ribba frame

  • If fishing the wire through the clip proves to be challenging, simply bend the tip of the wire and feed it through the hole.
  • Loop the wire through the clip, leaving 1 ½” of extra wire.
  • Twist the wire tightly around itself several times. Keep the ends face down (towards the picture) to avoid scratching your walls.
  • Stretch the wire to the top of the frame to determine the total length of wire you need. Add 1 ½” of extra wire and cut to length. Insert the end through the second clip, and twist the wire tight.
  • Make sure the wire doesn’t go over the top of the frame, and you’re done!


How to attach a sawtooth hook to a frame.

  • Find the centre of the frame.
  • Make a pencil mark at the centre point.
  • Align the middle of the sawtooth hook with the mark (note: some sawtooth hooks have a mark in the middle to make this step easier).
  • Make sure the hanger can’t be seen from above the top of the frame.
  • Using a hammer, gently tap in the nails.
  • Some sawtooth hooks come with screws rather than nails. If using screws, pre-drill the holes using a small drill bit to prevent the frame from splitting and be sure not to over-tighten them, which could also cause the frame to split.


Quick tip:

How do I get those IKEA stickers off the back of the frame?

  • It’s almost impossible to remove the sticker so simply flip the back panel of the frame around to hide the sticker
  • As a bonus, you’ll find that the metal clips seem to hold a little more securely on this side


What are you “hang ups” with picture hanging? I’d love to hear from you, please share in the comment box below.

Liette Tousignant's signature, co-founder of Under The Roof Decorating

Liette Tousignant
Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating


40 thoughts on “How to get IKEA Ribba Frames to Behave

  1. Google

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  2. Missy

    Thank you for the tips. Some Ribba frames only have one clip, but my old ones have two. Any tips for the ones with only one clip included?

  3. Liette Post author

    All the 9X9in Ribba frames I’ve bought to date always came with 2 clips like the ones shown in my blog post. Is the design for the single clip you have the same as the 2 clips shown in my post?

  4. Missy

    No, mine are the smaller size that hold 5×7 art and 4×6 art. Those are the ones that only have 1 clip. I can fashion a loop from wire, but it pulls from the wall when I hang it. I wasn’t sure how to hang these smaller ones.

  5. Liette Post author

    You might have to make a smaller loop for your frames to hang closer to the wall. Check out this blog post I wrote where I used Anchor Points to keep my frames straight. I hung table top frames, my challenge was to keep them straight on the wall, Anchor Points did the trick. Let me know it this helps.

  6. Adam

    Like Missy, I have over a dozen Ribba frames in the smaller size that hold 5×7 and 4×6 – which have 1 clip AND that clip is at the front/recessed portion at the top of a deep frame. That’s why a wire loop pulls away from the wall.

    Are your Anchor Points able to be put in all four corners of this frame to anchor it entirely to the wall without using the supplied clip? Or can we buy and somehow attach clips and a wire to the back of the smaller Ribba frames?

    Current method is two level nails in the wall and the frame simply “sits” on the nails – albeit not very well. They often fall off the wall and break!

  7. Liette Post author

    Hi Adam – Don’t use our Anchor Points in all 4 corners of your frame as they’re not designed to support any weight. With that said, you could hang your frame using one nail and 2 Anchor Points on the bottom corners to keep it straight on the wall. It will keep your frame parallel to the wall but not flush to the wall. Failing that, you could try one nail and 2 small rubber bumpers on the bottom corners, they’re smaller than our Anchor Points therefore they’d keep your frames closer to the wall while still preventing them from shifting. Since your frames are small and light, have you tried hanging them using 3M’s double sided tape for walls?

  8. Colin

    Thanks for the advice. We have managed to lose the hanging kit that came with the frame, any idea where we can get a replacement?

  9. Ruby Corman

    Hi, I just bought a ribba frame and there is no glass in the front , just a piece of plastic with black sticker like marks all over it . There is one side covered with peel away plastic which comes away with some of the marks but leaves 6 still on the plastic . How am I supposed to hang this with these obvious marks embedded in the plastic ? Thanks , Ruby .

  10. Liette Post author

    Hi Ruby – I would go directly to IKEA and ask them how to remove the sticker marks. They’re very good at answering questions on their Facebook page Please keep me posted, I’d love to share the information with our readers.

  11. Juliana

    Ruby – I just bought a large Ribba and wondered the same – however I realized I’d only taken the plastic off one of the sides. Double check you got both sides of the plastic film off the plexiglass just in case you goofed like I did.

  12. Kevin

    That’s very helpful tips Juliana! I just bought a large Ribba frame to hang as well. Do you ever do anything with the 4 screws that come with the frame? I only used the 2 clips and the wire to hang the artwork, I wonder if any of you have used the screws that come with the large Ribba frame.

  13. Carol

    Hello. Great post!
    Stupidly enougj, I hung the frame up, holding it by the actual frame in the nail ans of course now it’s bent…
    Is there any way to correct this? The frame seems so fragile.

  14. Liette Post author

    Hi Carol! Don’t worry, I’ve done that as well. Unfortunately, once the frame is bowed it can’t be fixed. One thing you can do, is to hang the frame upside down i.e. with the bowed side at the bottom. The bowed side won’t be as noticeable when it’s at the bottom versus at the top. Of course you’ll have to flip your image as well. Hope this helps and please let me know if this tip works for you.

  15. Jackie

    I’m so glad I found this thread – I just bought a Ribba frame and was puzzled by the black sticker marks but now it’s all solved!

  16. Liette Post author

    Thanks Jackie! We’re so glad you found the answer right here on our blog.

  17. Mahala

    Just wondering if the clips that hold the wire to the frame have a name. Ive been trying to buy some for other frames that I have bought that did not come with these clips. Any info will be helpful.

  18. Athena

    Thanks for the tips! This was fantastic, super helpful. My picture is now hanging on the wall and looking great. 🙂

  19. Liette Post author

    Athena – that’s terrific! I’m glad you found all the picture hanging tips super helpful.

  20. Natasha

    I love the Anchor Points and can’t wait to buy some for existing frames. I do have a question though….I have a gallery wall in my son’s room made up of 6 Ikea Ribba frames and I can’t keep any of the suckers straight because the metal clips slide up the frame while they are hanging on the wall! I can’t figure out how to get the metal clips to stay in place once I’ve attached the wire. Any suggestions?

  21. Liette Post author

    Hi Natasha – that happened to me too. I ended up taping the clips to the backing using duct tape. It didn’t look pretty but I didn’t mind it because it’s hiding behind the frame. Most importantly, it solved the problem. Let me know how it turns out.

  22. Poppy Van Brown

    Hi There,

    Thanks for this! I has some trouble making them look as nice so I need to purchase some more hooks.
    Would you know somewhere that sells these sorts of hooks that clip on individually? I need some more but IKEA doesn’t sell them separately?



  23. Poppy Van Brown

    I have checked out the above links but none of them have these exact clips and can be shipped to the USA. Would you have any other recommendations?

  24. Liette Post author

    Hi Poppy – I would call IKEA to find out where you could purchase the exact same clips. I’ve called the IKEA customer service line in the past about other items and they’ve always been super helpful. Try this customer service number at 1 (866) 866-4532. Please let me (and our readers) know what IKEA recommends. Thanks!

  25. Rose

    Thanks very much for this information. I went on ikea’s online chat to ask them first and they were unable to answer whether the glass was removable or not! Rose

  26. Jenny

    where can i buy the clips for hanging ikea frames? i have a big shadow box frame from ikea and don’t have the clips to hang it with…

  27. Liette Post author

    Hi Jenny – I would call IKEA’s customer service line at 1 (866) 866-4532 and ask if you can purchase the clips at their store. If not, you could attach a sawtooth hook like I have done in this article. It’s very easy to do, just make sure to buy the right size sawtooth hook that will safely hold the weight of your shadow box. Please keep me posted on what you end up doing.

  28. Coral

    I would like to attach D rings and a hanging wire to IKEA Ribba 30 x 40 cm frames. Could you tell me what size D rings I would need to use. Also do you have any tips to prevent the “wood” from splitting when screwing in the screws. I need to use D rings as this is required when exhibiting framed art in an art show. Thank you very much

  29. Liette Post author

    Hi Coral – those Ribba frames are not very heavy so you could use small D-rings. With that said, always check the weight recommendation on the packaging of any type of fasteners including D-rings to make sure it can safely hold the weight of your frames. When using screws, pre-drill the holes using a very small drill bit to prevent the frame from splitting and be sure not to over-tighten them, which could also cause the frame to split. Since you’re exhibiting at an art show, could you ask other artists if they have any tips to share on how to install D-rings? I’d love to know, please keep me posted. Good luck with the exhibition.

  30. cindy

    Don’t use a sawtooth. I used it and within months the frame was bowed. These frames are not high quality and the picture hook IKEA makes you purchase separately to hang the deep frames are expensive. Really disappointed in IKEA because there was no notice in the change of hanging design in the frame and you don’t find out until you get home. Which doesn’t make a customer very happy.

  31. Liette Post author

    Hi Cindy! I absolutely agree with you. It’s very frustrating when the hanging hardware provided with the picture frame is not the right one.

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