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How to get IKEA Ribba Frames to Behave

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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.
Replace the stiff wire from IKEA

  • Buy a roll of galvanized braided picture hanging wire. Choose the wire that holds up to 20lbs. 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?
Where should I position the clips along the side of the frame?

  • 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?
How to wire a Ribba frame from IKEA?

  • 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

 

If you have more questions about picture hanging, ask us, we’d be glad to help!

At Under The Roof Decorating, we make picture hanging easy. Our innovative products and helpful tips make it simple to hang almost anything wherever you want – and get it right the first time! 

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

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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 http://www.utrdecorating.com/blog/?p=4141 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?

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