How Much Does Your Art Weigh?

Weighing your art will help you choose the right hanging hardware for your pieces

Weighing art may sound silly or look funny (like in this picture), but you’ll be surprised how helpful it is to know the weight of a piece when you’re shopping for hanging hardware. Instead of second guessing yourself when standing in front of hundreds of fasteners, you’ll be able to confidently purchase exactly what you need, eliminating the need for a return trip to the store.

Often people buy hardware like wall anchors that make large holes in their walls when something much smaller could have done the trick. On the other hand, some use hardware that’s not strong enough to properly secure their pieces, which can be a safety concern.

That said, when in doubt, do the scale test. It only takes a few minutes and you might be surprised by the number the scale reveals. (I’m still talking about “art” here!)

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Liette Tousignant

I’m passionate about picture hanging and wall decorating (and I’m also the Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating)