We all know that feeling when we purchase a beautiful piece of art, open up the packaging and find the dreaded D hooks on the back! Wired art is so much easier to hang and finesse but the D hook is actually better for your new piece of art. Having two points of suspension makes the frame more stable on the wall and D hooks help preserve the frame, especially the mitered corners.
I’ve used the measure twice and mark the wall method and know you have too – but rarely am I dead on and frequently I have taken down and re-hung that piece several times before getting it right by trial and error.
Finally, I’ve mastered an easy method for getting that art on the wall the first time!
Here is beautiful art, from my friend Jackie VonTobel, straight out of the box.
First, take some plain white paper and tape it to the back of the frame, level with the top and even with the edges. I use 8.5” x 11” copy paper and tape enough together to span the width and height to make a template.
Next, pull up on the D hooks and mark the underside of the hook on each side.
Take the nail from your picture hooks and pierce the template at each mark.
Measure the width and mark the center of the picture onto your template.
Now find the center of the space you plan to hang your picture and make a mark on the wall.
Since pictures should be hung at eye level, make another mark on your wall at eye level. Then measure up to the height of your art. For example, my piece is 38” high so I marked my eye level and then measured up 19” to indicate the top of the piece.
Next, tape your template centered in your space with the top of the template at the mark you made to indicate the top of your piece. Ensure that your template is level.
Now, mark the wall where you pierced the template.
Hang the picture hooks with the hook (not the nail) at the marks you just made.
Place the D hooks on the picture hooks and you should have a perfectly placed piece of art!
If you are slightly off don’t be afraid to shim one side with paper or something between the picture hook and the D hook!
Here’s a close up of this beautiful lady – for more information or to purchase art by Jackie contact us at [email protected]