How do I hang my frame?

Hanging instructions per hanging hardware:

What you'll need

A hammer, a screwdriver, measuring tape, a pencil or painter's tape, a level, a friend (if your piece is very large), and some enthusiasm! Short on everything but the friend and the enthusiasm? Check out our Tool Kit.

If your frame has a Wire

  1. Hold frame to the wall at the desired position and lightly mark on the wall where the center of the frame is with pencil or removable painter’s tape.
  2. On the back of the frame, find the center of the hanging wire and use your finger or the end of a tape measure to pull the hanging wire toward the top of the frame, so all slack is taken out of the wire.
  3. Measure the distance from where you are holding the wire taut to the top of the frame.
  4. From your mark designating the center top of the frame on the wall, measure down the distance measured in Step 3 and mark an X in light pencil. This is where you will hammer your hardware into the wall.
  5. Position your hook and nail on the wall and hammer the nail through the hook.
  6. Erase the pencil marks or remove the tape from the wall.
  7. Use your hands to help guide the wire securely onto the hanger. If your piece is too large and too awkward to handle yourself, have a friend hold the frame while you guide the wire onto the wall hanger.
  8. Once you’ve got the wire onto the wall hanger, check it with a level.

If your frame has a Sawtooth

  1. Hold frame to the wall at the desired position.
  2. Leave finger or make a light pencil mark at sawtooth hanger location.
  3. Apply drywall screw with Phillips-head screwdriver.
  4. Hang on the sawtooth hanger and check with a level.

If your frame has a Cleat (Simply Framed Black Label only)

*If you plan to hang your piece using the french cleat, first you will have to remove the wire hardware on your frame using a Phillips head screwdriver. Otherwise, the wire hardware will prevent the frame from laying flush against the wall.

  1. Measure across your frame to determine the center of your frame.
  2. Hold frame to the wall at the desired position (for large pieces, enlist a friend to help!) and lightly mark the position of the center of the frame on the wall with a pencil or removable painter's tape.
  3. Measure the distance from the center of your picture frame to the bottom of the cleat.
  4. On the wall, measure the distance determined in Step 3 down from the mark made in Step 2 and mark with an X in light pencil.
  5. Measure the width of the cleat to find its center point. Line the cleat up on the wall so that the cleat’s center point and its screw holes intersect with the X you made in Step 4.
  6. Be sure to position the cleat so the ridge to hold your picture is facing up and out from the wall.
  7. Use a level to ensure that the cleat is level.
  8. Using the hanging hardware provided, screw your cleat firmly into the wall.
  9. Hang your frame on the cleat.
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