Are you always adjusting crooked wall hangings? How comfortable would you be hanging this beautiful four piece metal artwork by Megan Duncanson (available at Overstock.com)?
There are lots of challenges when it comes to putting up wall hangings, and especially if you've got a piece of art that comes in multiple pieces like the one above. Se we've pulled together several tips to help you banish crooked wall hangings from your home forever. We'll show you how to:
- Make good use of leftover scraps of wood flooring. If you don't have any pieces, try visiting your local flooring store.
- Stop worrying about hanging heavy photos and artwork that might be too heavy for a few wall hooks.
- Forget about finding the wall studs, and designing your wall layout based on where the hooks will go.
End Crooked Wall Hangings with One of These Creative Solutions
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and here's a great example. Kudos and credit to This Old House for the idea which was included in 10 Uses for Wood Flooring Scraps (photo credit to Ryan Benyi).
This one idea provides a solution to the age old problem of crooked wall hangings (if you are like me, you start imagining they're crooked when they're not!)
- You'll need tongue and groove wood flooring scraps. One piece with the tongue sticking up is affixed to the wall. Another piece with the groove facing downward is affixed to your wall hanging so it slides on to the tongue, holding your picture securely in place.
- The wood scraps should be cut about half an inch shorter than the artwork you are hanging. This will leave a quarter inch open on each side of your wall hanging. I do the same thing when hanging my wall quilts using dowels or wood with velcro to get the fabric to lay flatter (photo to the right).
- In an ideal world, the piece of flooring on the wall will span at least two wall studs. Wall studs are the vertical supports (usually 2 x 4 lumber) that make up a wall structure. Typically when you measure from the center of one vertical stud to the center of the stud next to it, the distance between them should be sixteen inches. Ever heard the phrase sixteen inches on center? That's what they are referring to!
- Screw one piece of scrap wood flooring to the back of the wall hanging (you don't want to have the screw damage anything so make sure to measure the depth of what you're hanging first). Screw another piece to your wall studs … and voila!