When people talk about their amazing gallery walls they often say that the pictures are hung from nails in the wall. This is a concept that I just can’t fathom. What is this mysterious nail-holding wall and where can I get one? My walls are made from wooden studs, covered with plaster board or gyprock. The chances of a stud being directly where you want to hang something are buckleys and none. And if you hammer a nail into just gyprock it would fall out if you tried to hang a feather from it. So how do you hang a heavy object (such as a mirror or a framed picture) without hanging it from a stud? I’m glad you asked.
This is the method I keep coming back to again and again. The trick is to attach a piece of wood firmly to a stud (or across two studs) and then hang your object from the wood.
(This is a little space in our Third Bedroom where I wanted to hang a large picture. As the studs weren’t where I needed to hang my picture, I hung a piece of leftover decking to bridge the gap between studs.)
(The screw with a small head on the lower left is holding the decking firmly to a stud in the wall. The screw above it to the right with the larger head is where I want to hang my picture from – that’s why it’s sticking out a little.)
I like to use screws (instead of nails) to hang pictures from because the head of the screw acts as a lip so your picture wire/hanger will never slip off.
Here’s another example: I want to hang a picture in the centre of this wall next to the window. Do you think there’s a stud in the centre where I want it? Murphy’s Law assures me there isn’t.
Now you can confidently hang that heavy, heirloom, masterpiece exactly where you want it.
So that’s my picture hanging trick. I’ve done it all over the house with all sorts of things like heavy mirrors … even our dryer is hung this way! This is a cheap method that anybody with a drill can do. And if you change your mind in the future it’s an easy five minute job to unscrew the piece of wood and patch the screw holes. I hope this inspires someone to take the plunge and hang something heavy – especially if they’ve been procrastinating on it for a while.
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