Someone was asking the question ‘how do I keep my pictures straight?’ Good question! It drives people crazy when their pictures keep going crooked all the time. There are a few answers for that problem.
If your pictures are hung on a single hook with picture wire, take the picture down and take out the hook. Replace one hook with two or more hooks depending upon the width of the picture. The farther you spread the hooks out, the less likely it is that the picture will go crooked.
If your pictures are hung with a saw tooth bracket there are a few things that you can do.
- The first thing to do is to make sure the bracket is centred on the frame. With ready made framed prints that include a bracket, the bracket is often off-centre. Pry off the bracket and replace it in the centre.
- The second is to put two nails side by side in the wall that will fit at either end of the bracket instead of one nail in the middle.
- The third is that you could take off the bracket and replace it with a longer one that has been properly centred on the picture and put two nails in the wall that fit at either end of the bracket.
- Yet another way is to take off the bracket in the centre and add a bracket at either end of the picture about 1/4 of the way in from the side.
When hanging the picture, draw a line with a level that is the width of the picture. Mark where the brackets are and then when you put in your nails they will be level and therefore the picture will be level. Using two well spaced nails or two brackets and using a level will keep your picture from shifting at all. Note: Make sure the two brackets are parallel on the frame. If one is higher than the other your picture will not hang straight.
For hanging a picture with a picture wire you must get the two or more hooks level with each other. To do this, draw a line with a level, almost the width of the picture where the wire will go. You now have a level line on which to place your hooks. (see whole series How to Hang Pictures for details)
Another way to keep your pictures from shifting is to purchase a roll of double sided tape. I like the extremely thin kind for crafting rather than the foam mounting tape. It doesn’t show at all. With the picture still hanging on the wall, slip a small piece about (2-3 cm) of the double sided tape behind the bottom, back side/edge of the frame at each corner where the frame touches the wall. Place a small level on top of the picture and adjust the picture until it is level. Press the bottom of the frame gently in place.
- Use flat headed nails to hang saw tooth brackets
- Use picture hooks to hang pictures that have a picture wire
- Use a level to draw lines for hooks or nails
- Place a level on the top of the picture frame to get the picture straight. Dont’t eyeball it, it doesn’t work.
Presto! No more crooked pictures.
For detailed information about hanging pictures and making picture groups see my series of articles ‘How to Hang Pictures‘ and ” Making Picture Groups’. There are clear explanations and diagrams. The article ‘Photo Hanging‘ is a good overview of what you are trying to accomplish as well
There are also products that you can buy that you stick to the back of your frame. They have tiny pins that grip the wall but only leave barely visible marks when you take the picture down. Hardware and big box Craft stores carry such products under different names. See one source that was sent in by a reader in the Comments section.
Happy picture hanging. Take your time and enjoy the process.