Photos on the wall are a basic element of interior design and can make a room attractive and beautiful. Keep reading for how to safely hang framed photos using stud anchors, as well as some advice on hanging multiple photos.
Method 1 of 4: Thought and Preparation
Step 1. Consider what you want to hang
Different items require different conditions and different ways to hang properly. The most basic type of wall decoration is a poster, it only requires tacks. However, other decorations such as large framed paintings and photographs need to be hung in a safer way. In general, the most reliable way to hang photos on the wall is to nail them to the wall, and this guide explains how to do this. If you're not sure how to hang your photo, this method can teach you..
Step 2. Look for the studs
A stud is a part of a wall that is reinforced under plaster and drywall designed to withstand a higher load than the rest of the wall. Studs are essential for everything except hanging photos and lightweight frames. Hanging a heavy load on a dry part of the wall can cause damage. Electronic tools for finding wall studs are available at home supply stores. How to use it is directed at the wall. The stud finder will sound or light up when it finds a stud on the wall.
- Carefully read the instructions for your electronic stud locator. Many stud locators have two setting indicators: one for the studs and one for the wall wire. Make sure you know the indicator you are using before you nail your wall.
- If you don't want to buy an electronic stud locator, you can use your hands to estimate the stud location. Tap on your wall and listen carefully until you hear a loud wall sound. This is the stud location point. To double-check that you found a stud instead of something else, look for another stud. The distance from one stud to another is usually 38 cm to 60 cm. If you find a regular pattern, you've most likely found a stud.
Step 3. Select your nails
Assume that you are going to use a stud to hang your photo. You will need a type of nail with a round head called a drywall anchor. The spikes are 3.8 cm to 5 cm long and can withstand several kilograms of weight even without a stud and can withstand lightweight photos. However, drywall anchors are the safest choice. There are a variety of other options for smaller photos available at hardware stores, including a variety of hooks, load-bearing adhesives, and complex tools like tremor hangers.
Step 4. Prepare your photos
If your photo frame doesn't have hangers, wire supports, or anything else you can hang from, then you need to install one. A solid hanger is a good choice, as a solid hanger will hold the photo more strongly than wire if it accidentally hits it. Mount your hanger at the top center behind the frame, so that gravity will hold your photo frame strong.
Method 2 of 4: Positioning and Centering
Step 1. Find the right height
Plan to hang your photos where they can be seen clearly for a satisfying effect. The center of your photo should be hanging between 144 cm and 52 cm from the floor. Measure with a tape measure and mark the correct height with a pencil.
You are free to determine the height of the photo based on your own height or the height of the room you are decorating. These figures are only a guide
Step 2. Estimate where you will hang your photo
Hold your photo until the center point of your photo is directly in front of the spot you marked with the pencil. Then make sure how it looks there. If you feel you need to be raised or lowered again, do so. Once you've made your final decision, measure from the center of the photo to the top of the frame and note the height. Next, measure from the top of the frame to the part of the hanger or wire behind the frame. Subtract this small from the tall size to determine where on the wall you should insert your anchor so that the center of the photo is where you want it.
If your photo has hanging wire, pull it up against the top of the frame until it's tense before you measure it, as this is what your wire will look like once it's hung at the anchor
Method 3 of 4: Hanging the Photo
Step 1. Make a hole
Find the spot you've marked for hanging the photo, and make a small hole for the anchor. If you have an electric drill, use a small power drill and drill until you feel or hear the studs. Alternatively, use nails and a hammer to make holes.
Step 2. Insert the anchor studs
This will be easy to do using an electric drill and a screwdriver tip, but a manual screwdriver can also be used. Place the anchor in the hole you made and drill the anchor into the wall. The anchor will fit into the stud, making it a strong hanger for your photo.
Step 3. Hang your photo on the anchor
If the anchor comes off easily, remove the anchor and try again. If there is a gap between the top of the frame and the wall, drill the anchor a little more. When the photo hangs firmly and flat against the wall, you no longer need to set the anchor.
Step 4. Align your photo
Look at the top of your photo frame and slowly straighten your frame until the top is flat and level. Take a few steps back and enjoy the way your new photo hangs on the wall. Make sure you clean up equipment and debris afterwards.
Method 4 of 4: Tips for Hanging Multiple Photos
Step 1. Don't overuse the studs
When creating a wall montage or photo gallery, not all of your photos are large and require a stud. Plan to hang the two largest photos on a stud; when you have determined the position, small photos can be hung around it.
Step 2. Plan ahead
To ensure that the hung photos are evenly spaced, measure the distance between each photo position using a tape measure before you hang them and adjust them as needed. Use a square of sticky paper to mark the position of the ends of the photos you want to hang without having to pencil them in on the wall. Arrange until you have an even arrangement.
Step 3. Experiment with the layout to make it interesting
Three photos of the same size can be hung next to each other to create a lasting effect; six or seven photos of different sizes can be hung at different heights to use up the entire available space. Be bold and try a variety of different settings to see what results you like best. Remember not to put the photo too high or too low to make it invisible.
- Organize the photos you have. A few small photos won't look great hanging alone on the wall in space in three rooms, but they might look great on a short wall or next to each other in a larger plot. A photo that is wider than it is stretched offers options that an elongated photo can't. Trust your judgment and experimentation until you find the best way to display the photos you have.
- Tall furniture, shelves, lighting, and windows should also be considered when you plan to post multiple photos. Oftentimes, these elements will already suggest a blank section of the wall to hang photos on. Work with these elements and you will create a unique and distinctive space yourself.