How to hang a frame using d rings

Written by ainsley patterson
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One of the most frustrating parts of hanging a frame on the wall is trying to get that frame to hang perfectly level. Hanging a frame from a piece of wire doesn't guarantee that the frame will remain level, even if it is level when you first hang it on the wall. Over time, a wire-hung frame may lean one way or the other as wall vibrations cause it to shift. Hang your frame level the first time in a way that prevents it from unleveling over time using D-ring hangers. This is also the best way to hang a heavy frame or mirror.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • D-rings with accompanying screws
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Lay the frame face down on your work surface. Place one of the D-rings in one of the top corners of the frame with the ring half of the hanger facing up. Place the hanger so it is at least 1/2 inch below the top edge of the frame so neither it nor the nails will show once the frame is hung.

  2. 2

    Use a level to ensure that the D-ring is running parallel to the side edge of the frame. Mark the holes of the hanger on the frame with a pencil. Set the D-ring aside for now.

  3. 3

    Use the level and a tape measure to mark the holes for the second D-ring directly across from the marks for the holes of the first in the other top corner of the frame. Make sure the marks are the same distance from the side edge of the frame as well as from the top edge of the frame. Use a level to be sure.

  4. 4

    Pre-drill the holes for the D-ring screws into the frame making sure not to puncture the front of the frame. You don't need to go very deep as you only need to drill enough to get the screws started. A hole between 1/4 and 1/2 inch should be deep enough.

  5. 5

    Place the D-rings on the frame, lining up the holes of each with the holes you drilled. Screw the screws that came with the D-rings into the predrilled holes.

  6. 6

    Measure the distance between the two D-rings. Use a level, tape measure and pencil to mark where to put the nails or picture hangers in the wall for hanging the frame. The nails need to be exactly the same distance apart as the D-rings on the back of the frame.

  7. 7

    Hang one D-ring on each nail to hang the frame from the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Use screws with wall anchors for a particularly heavy frame when you can't hammer the nails directly into wall studs because the distance between the rings doesn't allow you to. Follow the instructions particular to the type of wall anchors you are using to install them as there are a few different types and they each install differently.
  • The size of the drill bit you need depends on the size of the screws that come with the hangers. Check the package of the hangers for the screw size and use a drill bit one size smaller to predrill the holes.

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