How to install D-ring hangers on your picture frame

Sometimes you have a picture frame that doesn't come with hangers pre-installed. D-ring hangers are commonly used on décor items and can be useful when hanging heavier items because weight is distributed over two nails. Here is a quick and easy way to install D-ring hangers onto a frame. 

 Back of a picture frame on a work table and a person marking the same distance from the top of the frame on both sides of the frame to show where to position the D-ring hangers.

Mark the spot for the screws

Place Painter's tape on each frame edge about one third of the way down from the top of the frame. Make marks on the tape where to install each screw - use the same distance down from the top, on each side of the frame. 

Tip: an easy way to calculate where to put the mark is to measure your frame from top to bottom - and divide that number by 3. This is the distance to measure down from the top and mark the tape.

Back of a picture frame on a work table and person drilling starter holes onto the marks created for where to install the D-ring hangers.

Drill starter holes

We often use starter holes to help avoid splits from forming in the frame when the D-rings are secured. Draw a cross on the tape using the mark already there and drill a small hole where the two lines intersect. You only need to drill into the frame about half of the length of the screw that is used to fasten the D-rings. 

Back of a picture frame sitting on a work bench and person screwing in the D-ring hanger on one side of the picture frame.

Secure each D-ring

Align the D-ring fastener hole over the starter hole (with the D-ring facing upwards) and screw the hanger tightly to the frame. Repeat for the second D-ring. That's it! You are ready to hang your picture. If you’d prefer to see this installation in action, watch our YouTube video below.

Person using Hang & Level™, the picture hanging tool, to mark exactly where to mark the nails on a picture installed with two D-ring hangers.

Hang & Level™, the picture hanging tool

When hanging décor with D-ring hangers you have to work with two fasteners to get your picture level. We designed Hang & Level to mark exactly where to put the nail, without making any mistake holes. Here’s how to hang a picture with D-rings in minutes using our picture hanging tool. 

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