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.
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!
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.
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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