Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

By March 18, 2016Haus Hacks

Please tell me I’m not the only one who avoids tape measures and math at all costs. Even when the stakes are high, like hanging a TV or hanging a big-ass picture, I’ll do anything to avoid measuring and eyeballing tiny 1/16 spaces on a tape measure. Blech.

If you’re the same way, this post is for you. Here’s everything you need know to hang whatever you want perfectly WITHOUT measuring. I have had this giant cow framed photo for a couple of months now. I found it at Home Goods and while I was pretty jazzed about the image of the cow, I really loved the size of the whole piece. The scale is nearly perfect for the large space of wall between the two windows in our dining nook. You can see that in the photo below.

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

This particular piece of art had its own particular set of challenges. Not only was it huge and heavy as heck, it had the most annoying type of hanging hooks already installed. These…

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

D-ring hooks, one on each side. This style is particularly groan-inducing because the chance of getting nails placed on the wall in the exact same spot as the holes is nearly impossible. Blergh!!!! Normally, I slap on some picture hanging wire to mitigate that whole barrier, but as I was twisting on my wire, look what I saw posted on the back…

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

No!!! Apparently the wire was off limits. My specific wire had a 30-pound capacity, so it would probably have been fine, but with the twins crawling everywhere I wasn’t going to risk it.

Enter the measure-free picturing hanging hack. It’s super simple. I laid my framed art on the floor and traced its shape on a roll of scrap brown paper. After tracing the shape and cutting along those lines, I made careful work of marking the screw holes by feeling those spots through my brown paper.

Here’s my template placed on the wall. The template makes it super easy to find the perfect spot, height from floor, etc.

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

And here’s a closer look at the marked locations for screw holes…

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

Because the frame is heavy (maybe 20 pounds) I had to use plastic drywall anchors rated for 30+ lbs. In case you’re new to the drywall anchor world it’s really easy. I also recapped this process a few years ago too, but I’ve got better photos for you today!

First, I used a 1/8 pilot hole drill bit to create a hole to place the drywall anchor.

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

With the pilot hole drilled, it’s time to pound in your drywall anchor. I recommend a hammer for this step, but because I was lazy, I used the butt of my drill to smack the piece into place. 

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

With the drywall anchor installed, I added the screw.

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

I completed this same exact process on the opposite side and just like that, we were ready to go. The framed art went up without a hitch and best part, no need for re-hanging, remeasuring or readjusting. Awesome.

Measure-Free Picture Hanging Hack

I’m cringing a little bit at all the junk in this photo, but we are in full-on party planning mode for the twins’ first birthday in two weeks. Our theme is “bad ass bunny” so we’ve got lots of fun crafts and creation ahead. And of course I will be sharing!

Happy Friday!

xo,

emily

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Terry Moore says:

    Great tutorial. Check out monkey hooks…no tools needed.
    They are awesome!

  • Kim says:

    This is a way better solution than my hammer a nail in an eyeball it. I know I’m going to have to be more careful in the new house, so I’m going to have to try this strategy.

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