How to hang decorative oars

Updated February 21, 2017

Bring an instant ocean or beach theme to your home -- or remember those Oxbridge rowing days -- with the addition of rowing oars. Oars fill a large wall while keeping a clean and minimalistic decor style. Use hanging methods that add to the appearance of the oars or choose hanging methods that don't show, leaving the oars to shine on their own.

Decorative hardware

Purchase two metal hooks per oar in a colour that matches your decor.

Hold the oar to the wall so it's in the position you want it to be on the wall and mark the desired locations of the hooks.

Drill pilot holes into the wall at the marked spots. Use wall anchors if the hooks aren't going into wall studs. Screw the hooks to the wall with the screws provided.

Slide the oars into the hooks.

Invisible hanging

Drill a pilot hole into each end of the back side of the oar to avoid splitting the wood. Drill small screws into the wood, leaving a small amount of the screw head sticking out of the oar.

Wrap picture wire around the screw several times, making a loop to hang the oar. Repeat this on both ends of the oars.

Hold each oar to the wall and mark the location of the loops with a pencil.

Drill screws into the wall at the marks. Use wall anchors if the screws are not going into wall studs. Leave the screw head protruding from the wall slightly.

Loop the wire over the screws on the wall to hang the oar


If possible, sink at least one screw into a stud when hanging oars.

Things You'll Need

  • Coat hooks
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wall anchors
  • Picture wire
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