How to hang a picture on the wall

- A small guide for you who will hang art on the wall

Maybe you are now in possession of a brand new work of art that you are going to hang on the wall, or you have a dusty picture in the closet that you plan to hang up? We are not carpenters, but we have some simple tips for you who need a little push!

Find out where to hang the picture

A tip is to start from eye level so that the gaze naturally hits the image in the center. A common mistake is to hang the pictures too high. Therefore, we usually recommend not leaving more than 180 cm from the floor to the upper edge of the image. 

If you are going to hang several pictures close to each other, as in a typical picture wall, it may be an idea to place the pictures on the floor in the same way as you want to hang them on the wall. Then you quickly see what works together and you have the opportunity to change the shape of the picture wall, without first making holes in the walls. If the pictures are to hang on top of each other, it will usually look best to hang the largest and heaviest motifs at the bottom.

Once you know where the pictures will hang, all that remains is to find out how to mount the picture.

Find out what kind of wall you are going to hang the artwork on

Most of us have either plaster, wood or masonry / concrete walls, so we write a bit about hanging them.

Plaster walls

When it comes to plaster walls, it is important that you use a suitable suspension for plaster, ie plaster screws, plaster hook, plug or other suitable suspensions. It is also a good idea to know approximately how heavy your picture is and use a suspension that fits the weight. Most works of art are not terribly heavy so for the most part it will work fine with a plaster hook that you can easily knock right into the wall with a hammer. With the plaster hook, you get smaller holes in the wall than you do with a plug and they can usually withstand weights up to 20-25 kg, (read the package or ask at the store). Plaster hooks are sold at Jernia, among other places. 

You can also use plaster plug or universal plug (then you have to drill in the wall), but from experience we prefer plaster hook. They make small holes, are easy to hammer in / remove and can withstand the weight of most pictures.


Wooden walls

For wooden walls, it can be nice to use an X-hook or a screw hook for heavier things. X-hook is a hoop with holes for the pin, where the load is better distributed than just with a nail. If you need a very large screw hook, you must drill holes first. Ask at a hardware store if you are unsure of what you need in relation to the weight of the picture!

Wall and concrete wall

Aj aj, then we have the most “challenging” in the end… Here you can find, among other things, walls of pure concrete to brick with plaster or lightweight concrete. For heavier images, you must mostly drill with a hammer drill or hammer and use a concrete screw with a plug / anchor. There are also XB hooks for pictures with less weight that you strike with a hammer, but we have not had such good experience with these on pure concrete. Here we suggest that you get help from someone you know with a bearing and who may have the equipment you need! Also consult with professionals in a hardware store for guidance on what kind of suspension they recommend for your needs.

Then all that remains is to find a hammer and nail (plaster hook or concrete screw) and a small portion of courage, and the suspension goes quickly and painlessly! If you still do not know what to hang up, we can recommend that you take a look in our online store first;)

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