HANGING YOUR ART

 

Hanging artwork is a challenge in itself. It all depends on the weight of your artwork and what substructure you are hanging the artwork on. There are loads of tips and tricks online about hanging artwork but just make sure that whatever you put up, stays up.

 

For very light pieces you could use 3M removable hooks or small pin style hooks that can be hammered into the wall (tip – we usually heat the wall space with a hair dryer where the removable hook will be placed to ensure a strong bond between the hook and the wall surface). This is a good option when renting and the landlord does not allow holes in walls but we have found it is not a reliable option with fluctuations in weather with larger pieces of art (too cold or too hot affects the strength of the glue and it fails to stay on the wall leading to damage of the wall, the art and whatever the art then lands on!).

 

Make sure to use the correct size hook for the weight of the art to be hung, never just use a single nail!

 

With plasterboard you can use regular single nail hooks for smaller art or for bigger pieces twin or triple nail hooks. Should your artwork be a heavy piece, a wall anchor maybe required. This type of hook anchors from the back of the plasterboard to ensure a solid mount.

 

When working with masonry walls or rendered fireplaces, you may need a wall plug and screw in order to fix the art to the wall. This will usually require a hammer-drill and masonry bit to drill the hole and a plastic wall plug and screw to insert into the hole.

 

 

Always investigate what your wall is constructed from in advance and talk to your local hardware store about the appropriate fixtures for your artwork.

 

You need to plan where the hooks will be. The scale of the art needs to be carefully considered to determine the height it will be hung at and also if you would like it in the centre of the wall or planned to be off to one side. Measuring with a tape measure is key to getting the final look nailed!

 

Art should be hung so you are not stretching your neck to look up at it (too high to the ceiling) nor should it be too low. A good rule of thumb is that the centre of the art should be at standing eye height, but this doesn’t always work for the scale of the room and the other furniture in it nor if you are working with picture rails and mantle pieces.

 

We always hang the art last as the final piece of the styling. Have a second person hold the art in place whilst the first person judges the scale in the room and best placement. A tiny mark is placed on the wall at the top of the art then the “drop” is measured by hooking the tap measure under the hanging wire to the top of the frame (always add a little pressure on it by lifting slightly off the floor to ensure the "drop" is accurate). A measurement is taken from the ceiling down to the mark on the wall and then add the “drop” measurement to give an accurate hook/nail position. Now you are ready to hang your art.

 

Thanks to the team at Shift Property Styling for their advice here.