Interior Decorating Basics:

How To Hang A Picture


In This Article:

Two holes are drilled in the back of a picture frame, screw eyes are installed, and a piece of wire is connected between the eyes. A hanger is nailed to the wall and the picture is hung.

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Skill Level: 1 (Very Basic)

Time Taken: 10 Minutes

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The hardware used to hang a picture.


On this bargain-store picture I drilled a pair of holes about two-thirds the way up the sides.


A pair of needle-nose pliers are necessary to reach close to the back.

The screw-eye was sunk in deep, but not too tight.


The wire was threaded through the first screw-eye...

...and twisted around itself. This holds very well.

I used solid wire for this this job. Another common product is stranded wire, comprised of many fine strands to make it more flexible. Stranded wire will hold when twisted like the above photo, but not as well.

The wire was placed against the other screw-eye to estimate where to cut.

Then it was threaded through and twisted around itself. The loop of wire should not quite reach the top part of the frame. (Otherwise the hanger will show above the picture.)


Some hangers. These two are slightly different.

I held the nail with pliers to keep my fingers from getting whacked.


Just a little tap with the hammer.

Sometimes I have to bend the hook more vertical.



The room still needs a few more furnishings. There are few things more satisfying than cheap art that looks decent.


Another Picture:

This small picture had pre-cut hang tabs, but I find that they make it difficult to keep the picture level.

So I installed a pair of screw-eyes and a piece of wire. It only took a few minutes.



Tools Used:

  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Drill Bits
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters

Materials Used:

  • Picture Hanger or Small Nail
  • Steel Wire
  • Screw Eyes


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Written January 3, 2000
Revised January 12, 2005