Tired of always having to adjust crooked wall hangings? Like to recycle everything and wondering what to do with leftover scraps of your new wood flooring? Worried that your photo or artwork is too heavy for a few wall hooks or worried about how to make sure your wall hanging is secured by a wall stud (what's a wall stud?)
Creative Solutions to End Crooked Wall Hangings
Here's a great example of where a picture is worth a thousand words. And credit should be shared with This Old House for the idea which was included in 10 Uses for Wood Flooring Scraps (photo Ryan Benyi).
So here are some tips for using this solution to the age old problem of crooked wall hangings (and don't you begin to imagine they're crooked when they're not?)
- You need wood flooring scraps that are tongue and groove so the tongue points up on the wall piece, and the grove to slip over the tongue points down on what you're hanging.
- You'll want to cut the wood scraps about a half inch shorter than the piece you're hanging, leaving a quarter inch open on each side of your wall hanging. This is what I do when hanging my wall quilts using dowels or wood with velcro to get the fabric to lay flatter (photo above).
- Ideally your wood on the wall will span at least two wall studs which are typically 16 inches on center meaning when you measure from the center of one vertical wall stud, to the center of it's neighbor … it's 16 inches.
- Screw the wood scraps to your wall studs and to the back of the wall hanging (make sure to measure the depth of what you're hanging as you don't want to have the screw damage anything) … and enjoy!
What tricks do you use to avoid crooked wall hangings?