Most homeowners want to add touches of art and decor to their homes that will reflect their style and personality. Wall art can bring focus, color, and imagination into a room. If you have found the perfect piece for your home, but it’s a bit large, you may wonder what the safest way is to hang it up. You don’t want to potentially damage your walls or have your art fall because it’s not properly secured.
In most cases, with smaller pieces of wall art, all you need is a hammer and a nail. With paintings or other art pieces that are over 20 pounds, you will need to take the time to add a secure fitting. You need to start with reinforcing your wall surface so that it can withstand the weight of your art.
In the same way that you may want to protect your mortgage from high-interest payments through offset accounts, you will want to ensure that your artwork is safely and securely mounted to your walls to protect you from loss. Let’s take a look at a few tips and tricks for hanging heavy artwork in your home.
To find out what type of fasteners and reinforcement tools you will need for the job you need to start by weighing your artwork. Artwork or mirrors that weigh 25-50 pounds are considered a heavy load and will require specialized fittings. You can find the right fittings at your local hardware store. Read the packaging carefully to ensure that the fittings you choose are designed to hold the equivalent weight of your artwork.
The fittings and tools that you need to mount your artwork will depend on the type of wall you will be using. Most modern homes have plasterboard walls. However, older homes may have walls made of plaster, brick, mortar, or ceramic tile.
Make Your Mark
Once you choose the perfect spot for your artwork, it’s time to get to work. Using a pencil, mark the spot on the wall surface where you will be drilling your anchor holes. Different art pieces will have different mounting systems that will affect how they will hang. If your art has a mounting along its frame, you can mark it there. If your art uses a wire to hang, you will need to mark a few inches below the frame height to make sure that it stays centered where you want it.
Two Anchor Points
Lighter wall art generally only needs one anchor point to be secure. With heavier pieces, you may want to distribute the weight across a minimum of two anchor points. You can do this by drilling perpendicular holes that are a few inches apart in the wall and using both screw heads as your support points.
Find the Stud
The most secure spot to hang your heavy artwork is directly into a stud. Your wall studs are generally spaced 12 to 16 inches apart horizontally along your walls. You can use an electronic stud finder to help you choose the right spot. If you don’t have a stud finder, you can find your anchor point by lightly knocking along your wall until you hear a duller sound and that is where your beam will be.
If it’s not possible to secure your heavy artwork to a stud, you should use a specialized wall anchor. These small fixtures are inserted into your drilled hole and provide additional grip on your screw.
Filling your home with colorful and inspiring artwork can turn your house into a home that reflects your style and passion. Follow these tips and tricks to help you hand your heavy artwork safely and securely.