How to Hang a Perfect Picture

From dorm posters to Dali prints, a level picture is a happy picture. And a happy picture is going to make you – the happy picture’s happy owner – even happier.


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You Will Need

  • Framed picture
  • Tape measurer
  • Some painter’s tape
  • Picture hook with nails
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Drill and masonry bit
  • Wall anchor
  • Strong magnet


  1. Step 1

    Choose location

    Figure out where you want to hang the picture.

  2. Step 2

    Determine wall type

    Determine what kind of wall you have. In general, most older, pre-World-War-Two homes have plaster walls, which can support thin nails. Most newer...

  3. Very new homes may have metal studs instead of wood. Slide a strong magnet along the wall to locate one, and slowly drill a fine-thread screw into place.

  4. Step 3

    Measure size of picture

    Measure the size of the picture you want to hang.

  5. Step 4

    Use painter's tape

    Use painter’s tape to outline the picture’s dimensions on the wall where you want to hang it.

  6. Step 5

    Measure distance to hook

    On the back of the picture, measure the distance from the top of the frame to where the hook will need to be. If your frame has picture wire, pull the wire taut toward the top of the frame when measuring.

  7. Step 6

    Mark spot

    Measure the same distance from the center and top of your tape outline, and mark the spot with a pencil.

  8. Larger or heavier pictures may need two hooks.

  9. Step 7

    Secure hook & hang

    Secure the hook or hooks in place, and hang up the picture.

  10. Step 8

    Use a level

    Use a level to make sure the picture is hanging evenly, so everyone is happy.

  11. The glass in a picture frame should not touch the picture or painting it covers – it can cause damage and discoloration.