How to Attach Hangers to a Picture


While there are a variety of types of picture hangers, including stick-on hooks, the best method is a wire spanning the back of the frame attached to eye-screws at the sides. This method distributes the weight across two points and works well for pictures of all sizes, as it allows for an infinite amount of adjustment when leveling the picture on the wall. An important consideration when using wire hangers is selecting a wire gauge (size) that is rated for the total weight of the picture frame and glass. When in doubt, always use the next heavier gauge wire.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Felt tip pen
  • Small wood screw (slightly smaller than the diameter of the eye-screws)
  • Screwdriver
  • Two eye-screws (¾ the thickness of the picture frame, in length)
  • Picture hanging wire
  • Scissors
  • Measure down 1/3 of the way from the top of the frame, using the tape measure, and mark a spot with the pen, in the middle of the side of each side of the frame.

  • Place the wood screw on the marks, and drive it in a few turns, using the screwdriver to make a pilot hole for the eye-screw. Then, remove.

  • Install the eye-screws in the pilot holes, starting with your fingers and finishing by placing the screwdriver though the eye-holes, for leverage.

  • Attach the end of the wire to one eye-screw, by looping it through the eye-screw twice, securing it by twisting back around itself three times, then back through the eye-screw a final time. Stretch it taught across the frame, three inches past the far eye-screw. Cut the with scissors and tie-off. Cut off excess.

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