How To: Hang Your Art

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So, your piece arrived from the Framebridge studio and now it's time to get it up on the wall. Don't worry,  it's not as scary as you think. And we're here to help you every step of the way. Let's get started!

Step 1: Decide where you'd like to hang your piece. Need a few ideas? Check out this post.

Step 2: Let's grab some supplies. A hammer, a level (or a friend with good eyes), a pencil, and a tape measure or ruler.

Step 3: Got your nail? You'll need hardware to hang your frame... which we include when we ship you your art. (See? So easy you're almost there.)

Step 4: Let's hang. You've got your spot picked out, your supplies laid out, and your hanging hardware ready. We suggest you aim to hang your art about 57" above the floor. You'll want to take a look at the type of hardware your piece came with to determine where exactly to hammer your hanging hardware. 

Depending on the size of your frame your piece will come with different hardware. Here's what you can expect:

  • Sawtooth Hanger: If the longest side of your frame is under 12”, you’ll get a sawtooth hanger
  • Hanging Wire: If the longest side of your frame is between 12” and 32”, you’ll get a hanging wire
  • Corner Brackets: If the longest side of your frame is over 32”, you’ll get corner brackets (which make hanging large works incredibly simple!).

Now, keep scrolling for how to navigate each type of hanging hardware. 


If your piece came with a sawtooth hanger...

If your piece is small (like an Instagram Mini) it likely came with a sawtooth hanger. In this case, simply mark and hammer your nail about 1/2 an inch below the center of the top of the frame.

Step 1: Take a quick peek at the back of your frame to confirm you have a sawtooth hanger.

Step 2: Hold your frame up to the wall where you'd like it to hang. With a pencil, mark the wall at the top center of the frame.

Step 3: Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the bottom of your sawtooth hanger. (Usually about a half of an inch.) Then, measure that same distance from the mark you made on the wall. This is where you will hammer your nail. 


If your piece came with a single hook...

If you’re hanging a piece with a picture wire and just one hook, look at the back of the frame and pull the wire straight up in the center so it’s flush with the kraft paper. Measure the distance between the top of the wire and the top of the frame. Next, mark where you want the TOP of your frame to be and then measure and mark a spot on the wall that is the same distance below that point (the center and top of the frame). Hammer the hook into the wall so the bottom of the hook is directly on top of your mark. This sounds more complicated than it is — let's break it down:

Step 1: Look at the back of the frame and pull the wire straight up in the center so it’s flush with the kraft paper. Measure the distance between the top of the wire and the top of the frame.

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Step 2: Next, mark where you want the TOP of your frame to be.

Step 3: Then measure and mark a spot on the wall that is the same distance below that point (the center and top of the frame).

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Step 4: Hammer the hook into the wall so the bottom of the hook is directly on top of your mark. 


If your piece came with corner brackets...

If the longest side of your frame is over 32" you'll get corner brackets. They might look intimidating, but they actually make hanging large works incredibly simple, and save you from having to straighten your art again! Start by figuring out where you'd like the top of your frame to be. Measure two inches below that point, and make a mark. Then, look at the back of your frame, and measure the distance between the two arrows on each corner bracket. Locate the mark you made on the wall, measure that same distance across, and make a mark. This is where you will hammer the hooks. Finally, hang your piece and enjoy!

Step 1: Figure out where you'd like the top of your frame to be. Measure two inches below that point, and make a mark. 

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Step 2: Look at the back of your frame, and measure the distance between the two arrows on each corner bracket.

Step 3: Locate the mark you made on the wall, measure that same distance across, and make a mark.

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Step 4: Hammer the hooks.

Step 5: Hang and enjoy! 

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Pro-tip: If you're hanging a gallery wall, aim to keep about 1" to 2" of space between your frames. This will make sure your composition looks unified. (Any more and your frames can start to look disjointed.)


And last but not least, hang your piece, pat yourself on the back, and snap a quick pic
so we can see your piece in its new home.

Any questions? We're here to help. Just email support@framebridge.com and one of our designers will guide you through it.