7 Best Picture Hanging Hacks

I tested 7 different picture hanging hacks, including some that I use all the time and some that are new to me, to see which truly works the best. Let's see the results!

HACK 1: USE PAPER TEMPLATES TO PLAN A GALLERY WALL

HACK 1: USE PAPER TEMPLATES TO PLAN A GALLERY WALL

Gather your art and make a paper template for each piece.  Trace the frame onto the paper and cut it out.  Tape your templates to the wall, until it looks like you want it. Does it Work? 10/10 – This one takes a little time, but the results are worth it!

HACK 2: USE PAINTER’S TAPE FOR ART PLACEMENT

Lay out all of your pieces on the floor and try out different arrangements.  Use painter’s tape to outline the area for your art arrangement. Does it Work? 9/10 This makes hanging several pieces of art next to one another so much easier.

HACK 3: RULER AND SCREW TOOL

The basic idea is you hammer a nail through a scrap of wood to create a tool for hanging pictures. I ran into trouble using a nail, so altered it and used a screw instead. Does it Work? 7/10 – It works great for pictures with one picture hanger or a wire, but it’s hard to use for some types of art.

HACK 4: PAINTER'S TAPE WITH 2 PICTURE HANGERS

Tear off a piece of painter’s tape about the same length as your picture. Stick the tape across the back of the picture frame and poke a small hole in the tape where each nail needs to be. Measure the distance from the top of your picture to the picture hanger. Does it Work? 5/10 – Too complicated. Especially with the other options. 

HACK 5: Use Toothpaste to Mark Nail

Dab a tiny dot of toothpaste onto the back of your frame where a nail would be. Line up your frame where you want to hang it and press firmly. The toothpaste will transfer to the right spot for your nail. Does it Work? 10/10 – My favorite of all the hacks! I’ll definitely be using this trick to hang most of my art from here on out.

HACK 6: USE A FORK TO HANG PICTURES WITH WIRE

Most large or heavy pictures have wire across the back for hanging. It can be hard to get the little wire to slip over a tiny nail head. Instead once your nail is in the wall, slide a fork over it so that the nail is resting between two of the tines. Then slide the wire on the picture  down the fork until it is resting on the nail. Does it Work? 7/10 – It works great in some circumstances and not so great in others.

HACK 7: USE PUTTY OR COMMAND STRIPS

This is a super simple fix. Place a small ball of mounting putty in the lower corners of your art to hold it in place. You can also use command strips in the lower edge of the frame. Does it Work? 10/10 This may not be the most mind-blowing hack, but it works every single time.

Those are my results for the best picture hanging hacks. Get even more details plus a chart of the best to worst below!

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