However, hanging your expensive painting, artworks or even mirrors can become quite tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
If the walls of your home are not sturdy enough to support such weights, it might be a good idea to contact a construction company and build something that will hold all the items well enough. On this occasion we won’t talk about either of these cases but rather focus on those who really love and appreciate fine arts i.e. people who own valuable pieces and simply want them well displayed for everyone to enjoy them as much as they do!
Before getting into action there’s something very important we need to mention: plasterboard walls aren’t designed to hold much weight, in fact they can’t even handle a 10kg load. That’s why you should always avoid hanging the above mentioned items on these types of walls.
If your walls are made out of bricks you’re all set – this means that pretty much every wall in your home is suitable for hanging heavy paintings!
The steps below will guide you through everything that needs to be done but there are some general guidelines that need to be told first:
1) Use nails or screws that are extra strong and at least 4 cm long – if possible go for 5cm models;
2) make sure the holes in the wall are deep enough so the heads of the nails/screws won’t out easily. It makes sense to drill wider holes than you need and then to fill them with pieces of wood or something similar – this will prevent the wall from crumbling;
3) Use more nails/screws than you think necessary. The stronger your wall is, the more weight it can hold. Don’t forget that pictures are not all flat so sometimes they might hang diagonally or even slope which means they’ll put an extra strain on the nails/screws;
4) Avoid hanging very heavy objects directly next to each other since this makes them pull towards themselves instead of away – like they should! Placing lighter items between two heavy ones is a great idea. If possible hang some paintings lower than others (so the lower ones will ‘compensate’ the weight of the upper ones).
5) If your wall is made out of bricks do not use nails/screws directly into the brick. Because they’ll probably crumble. It’s best to drill a hole in each brick first and then insert the nail/screw through it into the wooden wall behind;
6) Don’t hang anything on plasterboard walls or other non-brick walls – these are not suitable for hanging anything at all!
Assuming you’ve read and understood everything above, here are some steps that will help you hang your paintings properly:
1) Drive your nail/screw through one of the holes in the wire. Where you want your painting to be placed so it makes contact with the wooden wall behind. Take your picture and put it next to the nail/screw. Check if everything’s okay and then mark this spot on the other holes as well;
2) Once you’ve marked all the spots, take your wire off its pins and use a pencil. To make lines through each of them – this will make things easier afterwards;
3) Put your wire back onto its pins, using those lines from the previous step as a guide. First fasten one end of it then stretch it out tightly and secure the other end as well. If you find that some parts aren’t perfectly straight feel free to adjust them. According to how they should look like after being hanged.
4) Using your hammer drill a hole through each of the points you marked in the previous step. Use a screwdriver to remove any leftover pieces from the holes and fix your nails/screws through them. This is where the real display begins!
In case you don’t have a drill to make holes, use hot nail or aluminium foil. Which will be pushed into the wall when hammering.
5) Hang your wire up on a nail/screw and then hang your painting via its wire onto that same nail/screw. Make sure everything looks fine and adjust if necessary;
6) Repeat steps 5 & 6 until all of your paintings are properly displayed!
Remember to leave enough space between your objects for them to hang away from each other. This will make your wall look more elegant. Finally, it’s a good idea to leave some wire at the end of your display. So you can easily take down any painting that need to be taken care of without removing all of them first. This way you’ll avoid causing unnecessary damage or marks.
If you follow our advice carefully then even the heaviest painting should pose no problem hanging on the wall! All in all, there are many different methods used when displaying art. So feel free to experiment if any of these steps above doesn’t work well with your personal requirements. However, always remember that safety comes first. So don’t use nails/screws or other tools which might put undue pressure on your pictures/walls.