Tools Of The Trade
- Ruler (Preferably on the side of the level)
- Measuring Tape
- Pencil (And blue painters tape if you don't want to mark your walls/ furniture)
- Electric Drill
1. Finding Center
Measure an equal length from both sides of the object you would like to center your picture above, mark the spots with a pencil (or put a bit of blue painters tape and mark on top of that). So, if your couch was 12 feet wide, you would measure 10 feet from the left, leave a pencil mark, then ten feet from the right and leave a mark.
Then, find the center of the two closer together marks. This will save you from needing to use a ton of math and will aid in finding a more accurate center.
2. Measuring Up
Line up a level next to the spot that you marked as the center. Make sure that the bubble is balanced in the middle, make a mark at the top of the level, line up the bottom of the level to the mark, repeat until you are at the desired height you would like the picture to be and make a pencil mark.
Always double check that your mark is the height you want it to be!
3. Hanging It Up
Then on the wall, use that measurement to mark where the screws will go by measuring from your highest mark. Turn the level sideways, making sure the bubble is in the center, mark one spot on each side for nails.
Hammer a nail into the marked spot so that it is over half-way in the wall. If you are hanging a heavy picture/ painting, pull it out and use the small hole as a guide for the anchor.
Drill a hole with the proper size drill bit for your anchor and hammer the anchor in. (This is only necessary if hanging heavy objects. A 4x6 photo will only need a nail)
Drill the screws into the anchor. ( Make sure to leave a portion of it sticking out of the wall to hang the picture on)
Throw that painting up and ENJOY!
P.S. ( A QUick Lesson IN Studs)
You can use these studs to your advantage, if you hammer a nail into a stud it will help support heavy hanging objects. Please note: if you are in an industrial or office building, chances are you have metal studs and cannot hammer into them.
To find a stud you can either get a nifty stud finder or test by hammering a nail into the wall, if you are just tapping the nail with a hammer and it goes in easy, you are not on a stud. If it takes a bit of effort, then you have found a stud. Happy Hanging!