How to Add Mounting Hardware to Picture Frame

Written by louise harding
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Frames allow our photos and artwork to be displayed in a protective and aesthetically-pleasing way. Many inexpensive frames come with perforated hangers on the cardboard frame backing. These work well for a duration, but over time, the cardboard tears. Mounting hardware directly to the frame will ensure that your framed pieces will stay hanging on your walls for many years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Sawtooth hanger with screws or nails (appropriate to frame size)
  • Small hammer
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the top back of your frame, from outside edge to outside edge, and divide this number by 2 to determine the center. Mark the center on the top back of the frame with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Place the sawtooth hanger directly over the center mark. You don't want to place the nail/screw too near the top frame edge as this will cause the wood to split and the nail/screw may break through the frame. Hangers come in various sizes. Purchase the size appropriate for the frame's hanging weight. The hanger package will recommend the appropriate size hanger for the weight and dimensions of the frame or project being hung.

  3. 3

    Hammer or screw the nails/screws, through the holes in the hanger, into the wood. A tap with a hammer can help the screws "bite" into the wood and get started easier.

  4. 4

    Hang the frame, aligning the center of the sawtooth hanger with the nail you have secured on the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • If your backing on the frame is thick, you may be able to use small nails to insert the sawtooth hanger into the cardboard or pressboard backing. This is challenging as you must find nails that won't protrude through the backing and damage your photo/art. If you do this, place glue around the nails on the backing, under the hanger, to provide a more secure hold.

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