How to Install Picture Frame Wire

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How to Install Picture Frame Wire
Installing picture frame wire ensures that your home decor always looks sharp. (Box Photo image by Galaiko Sergey from

Your home decor creates the ambience that guests experience when they enter your home. While furniture and tabletop displays can make a significant impact, walls will look downright bare without art, photographs and other decorations. Hanging a picture frame may seem like a difficult task, but it is actually easy if you properly install the picture frame wire. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your wall art is sturdy, stable and safe once you hang it up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Picture wire
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pencil
  • Electric drill
  • Screw eyes
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Electric screwdriver
  • 1-by-2 board
  • Pan-head screw

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  1. 1

    Select the picture wire based upon the size and weight of your frame. Thicker wire is needed to properly support heavy or large frames, while thinner wire is best for small or very light frames.

  2. 2

    Measure the vertical sides of your picture frame. Place a mark exactly one-third of the way down from the top of the frame using a marking pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill holes in a wooden picture frame, ensuring that you do not breach the outside of the frame. Metal frames may already have grooves that can accommodate picture frame wire.

  4. 4

    Place the screw eyes in your pre-drilled holes, making sure they are tightly secured.

  5. 5

    Measure the picture frame wire. Your piece should be approximately 1 1/2 times the width of the frame.

  6. 6

    Place the picture frame wire through each screw eye, with equal amounts of each end sticking out of each screw eye.

  7. 7

    Secure the picture frame wire to the left screw eye. This is accomplished by bending the wire back over the screw eye twice and using your needle-nose pliers to twist it back around itself several times.

  8. 8

    Create a test device by screwing the pan-head screw into the centre of the 1-by-2 board, towards the bottom.

  9. 9

    Enlist a friend to hold the test device firmly in place, facing towards you. Hold the right length of wire securely while hanging the centre of the picture frame wire on the test device. The wire should not sit above the centre between the screw eye and the top of the frame. Shorten the picture frame wire at the right screw eye if necessary.

  10. 10

    Secure the picture frame wire to the right screw eye using the same process as in step 7.

Tips and warnings

  • Picture frames that are heavy should always be secured to a stud when hanging. If you plan on hanging the picture frame wire on two hangers or screws, test them that way when installing the wire.
  • Adhesive picture hooks rarely provide adequate support for hanging frames.

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