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, decorative plates etc… can be hung with a nail, hook or screw.  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, hooks or screws 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 screws or wall anchors. They make larger holes in walls, but you need to think about safety first.

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