5 Tips for Hanging Picture Frames

1. Don’t Use Wire 
Professionals who install framed art for museums and galleries never use wire or string. It’s too wobbly—a picture could easily be knocked right off the wall.

2. Use D-rings 
Two small D-shaped metal rings cost pennies. Screw one into either side of the back frame rails, then hang the D-rings directly onto two hooks on the wall. That way, a good bump won’t budge it.

3. Get Hooks That Attach to the Wall with 2 or 3 Nails 
They’re sturdier than the ones that use one nail at an angle.

4. If You Must Use Wire, Hang It On Two Hooks

If you’re lazy and your frame comes with wire on the back, install the hooks about a hand’s width apart so the frame’s more stable.

5. Think About Hiring a Pro 
Call your local gallery or frame shop and ask who does their hanging. Pros can hang five or six small frames in an hour, usually for $40 to $75.

Sources: Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV

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