# Hanging pictures

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Is there an easy way to hang a picture that has 2 hangers on it? How do you get the nails in the wall with the correct spacing and level?

Thanks

• M. M.. on Dec 25, 2017
Does the back of the picture have two hangers, or two wires? wires can stretch and hangers might not be attached level. Ste your picture leaning against a wall. If there are wires, hook the end of a tape measure on a wire and stretch the wire as if it's hanging on a nail in the wall. You can read the measurement where the tape becomes visible at the top the frame. The two wires should be at about the same stretch. Mark the wall where you'd like the top of the frame to be, then measure down to whatever number you got to know where your nails/hooks into the wall. If you just have hangers on the back of the picture frame, measure the distance from the center of the hanger to to top edge of the frame and hang on wall the same as wires...
• Linda Abbott on Dec 25, 2017
It usually takes 2 people to do it right. The reason is that frequently, walls and ceilings aren't plumb and just using a level on a wall with a sloping ceiling or a wall out of plumb might be straight and level, but won't look right. So use one person to hold the picture and the other to eyeball it. You can put chalk on the hangers and once the picture looks straight, push it against the wall and it will leave chalk marks where you need to place the nails. Don't make the mistake of using one wire stretched between the 2 hangers so you only have to use one nail. The reason two hangers are desirable is because if one hanger fails, the other one will catch the picture and keep it from falling to the ground.
• Bijous on Dec 25, 2017
It's all in the math and measure and level. The center of your picture needs to be 60 inches off the floor for an 8 ft ceiling. Add 2 inches to that for every ft. over 8 in your room.
1. Example: my picture is 30 inches high (vertically) and 24 inches wide (horizontally) and my ceiling is 8 ft. high.
2. The center is 60 inches high from the floor. Mark it.
3. Measure from the top of the frame to the tip of each hanger. (say 2 inches each. If not same measurement, subtract separately in next step).
4. Deduct the space from the top of the frame to the tip of each hanger by 15 (remember your picture is 30 inches and you've already marked the half way point vertically at 60 inches); (it would be 13) and add that to 60 (the center of your picture) = 73 inches. Use a level and draw a light line horizontally.
5. That's your height for each hanger, now you need the width. Measure horizontally from top of hanger to the other top. From the center mark draw a light vertical line (use your level) up to the height forming an cross/intersection. That's where you'll put the wall anchors. Do it again for the other side.
6. Hold the picture up to make sure that's where you like it, then put in the anchors.
7. Erase or wash off the pencil lines and hang your pic, or
if the picture's not very heavy, you can buy picture wire and attach to each hanger and hang on one wall anchor. Attaching strap hangers, wire, & bumpers | Metropolitan Picture Framing
• FL on Dec 25, 2017
"Hanging frames on your wall can either be a walk in the park, or your worst nightmare (which depending on your nightmares, could be one in the same, but I digress). See how to hang frames with the dreaded "two hook" back, easily and on the first try." https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-tol-hanging-frames-with-tw-61257 ;
• Barbara Baldwin on Dec 26, 2017
You lost me at "math..." my rule of thumb----> don't buy two hook paintings. Or, if it's too Purdy to pass up, buy command picture hanging stuff.