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Article: How to Hang Artwork

How to Hang Artwork

How to Hang Artwork


Gather Your Materials

  1. Artwork
  2. Depending on the hanging hardware provided, you will need either nails and picture hooks or screws and wall anchors
    • Most framed Tappan prints and photographs come with a z-bar installed on the frame. Click here for detailed instructions on hanging an artwork with a z-bar. Depending on how heavy the artwork is you may need screws and wall-anchors suited for your wall type (drywall, concrete, etc)
    • If your artwork has a wire backing, you will need nails and picture hooks. Click here for detailed instructions on how to hang artworks with wire and d-rings.
    • Many large paintings come with a wooden cleat, this is similar to a large z-bar. You will need wall/weight appropriate screws and wall anchors for this type of hanging hardware. More info here
  3. Hammer or Screwgun (depending if you are putting nails or screws in your wall)
  4. Measuring Tape
  5. Level (if you don't have one, there are many free level apps available for smartphones)
  6. Pencil
  7. Studfinder (if your work is large and heavy, you will need this to ensure stability)
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Example of a Z-Bar on the back of a framed artwork. Most Tappan prints and photographs come with a z-bar. It may be taped together with masking tape.
picture wire
Example of wire backing with D-Rings.


Choose Your Location

Decide where you want to hang your artwork. Consider the room's layout, lighting, and the desired eye level for viewing the artwork. It's generally recommended to hang artwork at eye level, which is around 57-60 inches from the center of the artwork to the floor.


Measure and Mark

Measure the height and width of your artwork. Measure the distance between the hanging hardware (D-rings, wire, etc.) on the back of the artwork. Ensure it's level.


For heavy artwork or if you're using wall anchors, use a drill to create holes at the marked positions

Insert wall anchors if necessary. Attach picture hooks or nails. For multiple pieces of artwork, maintain consistent spacing between hooks.


Use a level to make sure the artwork is straight

If attaching more than one screw or nail, draw a faint line along the levels level make sure the screws are installed correctly.


Secure Any Loose Wires or Cords (if applicable)

If your artwork has hanging wires or cords, secure them so they don't dangle or distract from the artwork.


Additional Videos of How to Hang with Z-Bar or D-Ring and Wire

How to Hang with a Z-Bar

How to Hang with a Wire

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