From photo frames to artwork, there are plenty of choices to decorate your walls. But did you know that there are also plenty of ways to hang these items on your walls? Follow these five steps to properly hang items on your wall.
Design Your Hanging Space
The first step in hanging items on your wall is determining where you want to display them. Take a look at the items you want to display. Choose the walls you want to hang each item, then create a pattern for them. You can easily do this on paper until you have your wall planned exactly as you want it. Then, use it as a guide when you hang your items.
Before you drill a hole in the wall to hang your item, measure the proper amount of space you need to fit the item where you want it to hang. Don’t just measure the item itself; also measure the length of the wall where you want the item to hang from the hook. Always measure twice before drilling a hole. Use a pencil to mark the spot, then double check to make sure you have the correct spot before drilling.
Decide Which Hook to Use
Once you have the hole drilled properly, it’s time to select the hook you want to use to hang your item. There are several means for using hooks around your home, and hanging items is definitely one of them. Look at a variety of wall hooks before choosing the ones you want to use to hang your items and determine how many you’ll need before purchasing them. You can even select from a variety of knobs and pulls. You can use the same hooks for all of your items, or use a variety, depending on the items you’re hanging and the decor of your home.
Hang Your Items
Now that you have your plans, proper measurements, and hooks, it’s time to start hanging your items. Display your items on the floor in front of the wall based on your plan. One by one, hang each item in the proper spot on the wall. Work on one at a time. This will prevent you from making too many holes in the wall if you need to change your pattern as you go. Once you hang an item, double check the measurements for the next item before drilling the hole. Continue until all of your items are hung.
Double Check Your Work
After you hang all of your items, take a step back and make sure you like the results. If something seems out of place, see if you can move it slightly to fix it. If you have to drill a second hole, make it as close to the first one as possible, and be sure the item will cover the first hole. If you end up with an exposed hole, use an inexpensive but reliable method to cover it up, such as soap, wall putty, or toothpaste.
Follow these five steps from our guest contributor when you hang items on your wall for a no-muss, no-fuss DIY project.