Large picture frames and other objects can be heavy and require a strong wall fixing to make sure they don't fall down. First, establish what kind of wall you’re dealing with. If it's plasterboard (in which case it will sound hollow if you bang it with your fist), consider installing a special plug fixing, also known as an expansion bolt. If it's a brick wall it's better to drill a hole for a wall plug, put a screw in the wall plug and hang the art from there.
If DIY isn't your thing, you can use picture-hanging hooks. There are three main types, and which one you choose will depend on the weight of your artwork:
- single-nail hook – for artwork up to 15kg
- double-nail hook – for artwork up to 22kg
- triple-nail hook – for artwork weighing 30-45kg.
To do the best possible job, use two picture hooks per piece to ensure it stays level over a long period of time.
Top tip: Don't forget to use a spirit level to get the perfect hang.
A wall-hanging kit is usually made up of a strong wire and two clips. This is a quick and easy option for framed pictures, and some even come with them pre-installed. Canvases or wood block artwork usually have a built-in screw hanger that can simply be placed over a secure fitting. You can also get creative – try hanging a series of pictures from the ceiling, or use crocodile clips and string for that gallery-inspired washing line look.
Don't stress too much if you get it wrong. Hanging a picture isn't going to alter the structural integrity of your wall or home so, if you mess up, start again and patch up your mistake. Giving yourself this type of freedom is a great way to let your creativity shine through.