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How to Hang Pictures on Drywall

By: Joe Truini

Hanging pictures is easy if you know how. Here are some helpful tips for hanging pictures on drywall in your home.

To find the proper height for a nail or anchor in the wall:

  1. Mark the horizontal location of the center of the picture on a piece of masking tape on the wall.
  2. Snip off an 8” to 10” piece of wire coat hanger and bend the ends in opposite directions.
  3. Hook the wire hanger on the picture wire with the bottom of the wire hanger facing the wall.
  4. Hold the picture with the wire hanger and line it up with the center line on the masking tape.
  5. Position the picture at the desired height, and press the wire hanger into the wall.
  6. Move the picture and drive a nail at a steep upward angle into the indentation in the wall.

When hanging heavy objects, like a large painting or mirror, a wall anchor made for drywall can support much more weight than a nail. Check out the articles below for more information on wall anchors and hanging pictures.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • Ray Says:
    November 19th, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Move the picture and drive a nail at a steep upward angle into the indentation in the wall.

    Why would you drive the nail upward as opposed to downward? Wouldn’t it
    pull out easier we’re it driven upward?


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How to Hang Pictures on Drywall