Our Secret to Hanging Art Perfect Every Time

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Home Stager with Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

Art and Mirrors are my favorite part of the staging process.  They bring a room to life and breathe an energy that is necessary for each space to feel complete.  Of course there are specific ways to hang art on a wall for the best look and feel, but this post isn't about that.  This blog is about speeding up your process to get your art hung straight.

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We have used a Picture Plumb for hanging art ever since we started staging.  The same one in fact.  If you are not familiar with this tool you should be.  You simply hang the art on the hook on one side, place it on the wall where you want it, and press to make a small hole where your picture hanger will be placed.  This is not our secret!

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This tool works well, but not all art is created equal!  The back side of art and mirrors is always an adventure - from picture wires, picture rings, small holes, sawtooth hangers, etc.  Having a wire certainly makes hanging easier, but we find that most art has two rings on each side.  We've added wire, but that can be very time consuming and the pictures often get crooked over time.

With picture rings, using the picture plumb was also slow process as we'd put the picture up and use it to mark one side.  Then we'd take the picture down and hammer in the nail or picture hook.  Next we'd hang the picture on one side and then use the plumb to mark the other side.  Then we'd hammer in the other nail and stand back and hope it was straight.  If it wasn't straight, that meant moving one side up or down and creating another small hole in the wall.

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Well, we had an incident where we were hanging a large mirror and our picture plumb broke.  Unfortunately the mirror went crashing to the ground and shattered, but luckily it didn't damage the wall in the process!  We couldn't be too upset as it had certainly served us well.  Since we had to order another one we figured we would get two just in case one broke again.

OUR LITTLE SECRET

At our next staging we were hanging art and realized that we could use two picture plumbs at the same time!  Two people each take one side of the art while a third looks on and adjusts for placement.  This allowed us to not only hang the art perfectly straight the first time, but we could also put in both nails at once instead of having to do each one separately.  Now after putting in the nails the art is always straight and it moves the process along twice as quickly.


Of course there are other similar tools, and we are not endorsing the Picture Plumb, but just sharing our experience and what we have found that works best to hang art.

Do you have any picture hanging tips to share?

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Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CEP Realtor, Etc.
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com

Nope this would have been my choice too.  Mary DeBella introduced us to this handy dandy tool.  It's amazing and saves so much time.  Thanks for sharing with everyone else.

January 26, 2009 01:44 AM
Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

Sandra ~ Large art is still a challenge with this tool - so sometimes we are forced to use another tool or back to the tried and true version of measuring and marking!

Terrylynn ~ We got our first one from Mary also!  It really does save time and works like a charm.

January 26, 2009 10:20 AM
Rainer
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Pangaea Interior Design Home Stager - Redesign - Model Homes
Portland Oregon

I do use picture plumbs & love them. I have two of them. There are two instances where they don't work for me. One is if the wire behind the picture is too low on large pictures. Then the handle is in the way. I do wish the picture plumb arm was extendable. If anyone finds one where the arm can be extended longer, I'd love it. The second is when I am hanging canvases, because you can't press on the canvas to make the hole with the picture plumb. For my canvases, I buy the little saw-tooth hangers that are bent at each end so you don't need nails to pound them into the wooden frame. I put one on the top in the middle, and they hold well.

The other thing I like are the 3M velcro type picture hangers. If your art has a good flat place on the back, these work well and are very fast!

January 26, 2009 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Beth Lester
Home Staging & Interior Decorating
Home Staging Designs of California

Everytime I hang big artwork, I say....'There has to be an easier way."  I know I spend way too much time doing it. 

My husband likes to use his laser level, but my tripod often isn't tall enough, so we put it precariously on a plastic box and tell no one to breathe around it!  I've gotten pretty good at measuring from the ceiling (except it's a pain to get the 16ths inch correct - the hooks are never at the same level on both side of the picture).  And then there was the time that the ceiling changed heights in the middle of the room and I didn't notice it until after the nails were hammered.

Thanks for the tips - I'll check it out.

January 27, 2009 05:40 AM
Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

Pangaea ~ I agree that an extender arm would make it the perfect tool.  And your canvas tip is great.  We have typically placed the canvas on the wall where we want it and then lift the art up the width of the frame, usually about one inch, level it, and then mark the wall near the two corners.  Those are the two nail holes that we hang the frame on.  Thanks for your feedback, as always!

Beth ~ We also use a laser level, but we attach it to the wall usnig putty adhesive, so we're not relient on the ceiling or floor being level.  Or balancing on a box =)  Good luck!

January 27, 2009 12:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
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