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Types of Picture Hooks

Updated February 21, 2017

Pictures add decoration to walls with paintings and photography. Matting and framework provide additional decoration and allure. Hanging pictures requires proper support. Picture hooks offer support through several different types. Hooks are available for hanging light or heavyweight pictures. Moulding hooks allow pictures to hang from wall mouldings. Picture hooks are also constructed for protection against burglary or theft. Selecting the right hook keeps your picture artwork safe for continued decoration and enjoyment.

Regular Hooks

Regular picture hooks are attached to walls by inserting a nail into a stud or drywall. The nail goes through an opening in the hook to hold it in place.

Moulding Hooks

Moulding hooks can hang pictures from mouldings high on a wall. The hooks are available in different styles and decorative finishes.

Heavy-duty Hooks

Heavy-duty hooks are designed to hold heavier pictures. Instead of a single nail going through the hook and into the wall, two or three nails do so, which provides added strength for more weight support.

Other Hooks

Picture hooks are available under names such as He-Man or Hercules. These hooks resemble a curved piece of coat wire with a hooked end. The tip of the wire is twisted into the wall and pushed in until only the hook is exposed. The hook portion is then turned upward. According to SimplyGoodStuff.com, this hook type holds up to 68kg.

Snap Hooks

A snap hook is a locking type of hook. A clip on the hook snaps a picture wire in place so it cannot come out. Snap hooks are attached to walls using bolts and screws fastened to drywall or studs.

Warded Hooks

A warded-suspension hook is one that has a wrapped end. The end of the hook is curled upward and inward using needle-nose pliers. Picture wire is pressed into the loop that is made. A warded-suspension hook provides the picture with added security so a would-be thief cannot grab it off the wall.

Interlocking L-Hooks

Interlocking L-hooks use three hooks to support pictures and prevent them from being lifted. Each hook is comprised of an ordinary steel or bronze L-hook. The primary hook holds the picture wire. Two more hooks are installed on each side and slightly below the primary hook. These are known as "guard hooks" and are inverted so the hook faces downward. The picture wire is placed on the primary L-hook and the sides are pulled down to go under the guard hooks.

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Based in Florida, Jim Franklin started writing professionally in 2009. His articles appear on websites such as eHow, where he covers topics ranging from home improvement to finance. Franklin has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Florida Atlantic University.