How to install picture hanging hooks

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How to install picture hanging hooks
Hanging a picture with picture hanging hooks is the easiest way. (NinaMalyna/iStock/Getty Images)

Hanging pictures is a fantastic way to personalise your space, but it can become a frustrating task if you haven't done a little pre-planning first. It is important to have the right tools and hardware for the job. Proper picture hanging hooks provide stability that ordinary nails alone can't. They are easy to install and, when used correctly, will keep your pictures hanging level, even in a house full of kids.

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Things you need

  • Picture hanging hooks
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Level

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    Hanging wire method

  1. 1

    Hold the picture by the wire and place it against the wall at the height where you want to hang it.

  2. 2

    Set the level on the top of the picture frame and adjust the frame until it is level.

  3. 3

    Make a pencil mark just above the middle of the top of the frame.

  4. 4

    Put the picture aside and insert a nail into the hanging hook nail slot.

  5. 5

    Position the tip of the nail against the pencil mark and pound the nail into the wall with the hammer.

  6. 6

    Hang the picture by placing the wire on the hook. Again place the level on top of the frame and adjust it until level.

    Wire-free hanging method

  1. 1

    Identify the hanging holes in the back of the frame. These usually will be near the upper corners and surrounded by a metal cover.

  2. 2

    Rub the pencil lead on the metal that covers the hanging holes.

  3. 3

    Place the picture against the wall where you want it to hang; use the level to make sure the frame is level.

  4. 4

    Press the picture hard into the wall. This will transfer the pencil lead from the metal coverings to the wall.

  5. 5

    Put the nail into the hanging hook and then put the tip of the nail into the empty circle formed inside the pencil lead on the wall. Pound in the nail. Do the same on the second hole for the other hanging hook.

  6. 6

    Hang the frame on the hooks and place the level on top of the frame to double check that it is level.

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