Hanging Pictures

How to hang prints and other artwork.

 How to hang a print

About hanging pictures

General guidance on hanging pictures is summarised below ("Practical Tips"). You may also like to refer to the many online articles and videos covering the practicalities of hanging artwork - what tools to use, the fixings that should be applied etc. We also draw your attention to the different hanging devices used on prints bought from us.

The hanging mechanisms fixed to our frames

Our framed prints and canvases are supplied ready to hang.

If they are supplied with a cord, they should be hung by the cord onto picture hooks or screws fixed to the wall.

If they are not supplied with a cord one must not be fitted. Instead the print should be fixed to the wall by the metal fixings attached to the frame. This fixing mechanism is typically used with larger prints. if you do fix a cord between these two fixings it will weaken them and may damage the frame. These fixings are designed to take pressure vertically and not horizontally via the attachment of a cord.

Acrylic or dibond panels are hung via a subframe. They are supplied with a wall hanger with a lip that needs to be fixed to the wall. The artwork is hung by placing the subframe over the lip of the hanger.

If you need additional information on hanging a print, please give us a call.

 How to hang print using d rings

D Rings

D Rings are supplied with a cord. Pictures supplied with D Rings should be fixed to the wall by hanging the cord over a screw or picture hook.

 How to hang a print using strap hangers

Strap Hangers

Strap Hangers are not supplied with a cord and one should not be fixed. Pictures supplied with Strap Hangers are usually heavier. They should be hung by fixing screws into the wall – one for each strap. The loop of the strap should be hung from the screws in the wall. It is essential that no cord is fixed between the straps, which will weaken the structure and can cause the pictures to fall off the wall.

Acrylic prints - the hanging mechanism

Our acrylic prints are supplied ready to hang. They include an aluminium subframe which is fixed to the aluminium backing on the print. They are also supplied with a metal baton. Both of these are illustrated below.

The baton should be fixed to the wall using a fixing suitable for the wall. The subframe then sits over the lip of the baton for a solid fixing. If you need additional information on hanging a print, please give us a call.

 Subframe for hanging an acrylic print


This rear view of the aluminium backing shows the sub frame that supports the picture and enables hanging over the baton.

 Baton for hanging an acrylic print


Fix to the wall using the screw holes in the baton. Take care to ensure a fixing appropriate to the wall material is used.

Practical tips

Hanging artwork on the wall can be a straightforward process if you follow these general steps. which are are for guidance only. We recommend consulting a handyman, or in challenging situations an art installer, for professional advice.

Preparation: Gather tools: You'll need the following items: a hammer, a bradawl, a drill and screwdriver, fixings (screws, rawlplugs, nails or picture hooks), a tape measure, a pencil, a spirit level.

Prepare the Artwork: Ensure your artwork is ready to hang. If it has a cord or hanging mechanism already attached, make sure it's secure. If not, you may need to install D-rings, strap hangers or wire on the back of the frame. All of our framed prints are supplied ready to hang. If artwork supplied by us does not have a cord, do not fix one as it is intended to be fixed by two strap hangers - see "The hanging mechanisms fixed to our frames" - above.

Positioning: By positioning the vertical center of the print between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches off the ground, you're aligning it with the average eye level of a person, providing an optimal viewing height. Additionally, centering the print horizontally within its designated space, whether it's from one side of a wall to the other or from the edge of a cupboard to the edge of the wall, helps create a balanced and visually pleasing composition. These guidelines are not set in stone, and personal preferences and specific circumstances may require some adjustments. However, as a general starting point, following these recommendations will typically result in a well placed and aesthetically appealing display.

Attach the fixings to the wall: Measure the desired height from the floor and make a light pencil mark on the wall. Use a tape measure to find the centre point of the artwork's width and mark it on the back of the frame. We recommend two fixing points for all artworks. If artwork will be hung via a cord mark two points equidistant from the centre point. Otherwise mark two points in the positions of the D rings or strap hangers.

For heavy pieces - Locate Wall Studs: (If you're hanging a heavy or large piece, it's advisable to attach it to wall studs for added stability. You can use a stud finder or knock on the wall to locate them. Mark the stud positions with a pencil.

Position the Hanging Hardware: Hold the artwork against the wall at the desired height and align it with the marks you made. Use a spirit level to ensure the artwork is straight.

Take great care to ensure there are no cables or pipes behind fixing points. If safe to do so, insert the hooks, or screws into the wall at the marked spots. Ensure they are securely in place.

Hang the Artwork : Lift the artwork and carefully hang it on the screws or hooks. Step back and check if the artwork is straight and positioned as desired. Ensure it's level by adjusting it accordingly.

Make Final Adjustments: If needed, make any minor adjustments to the position or levelling of the artwork. Use a level to double-check alignment.

Success! That's it! You've successfully hung your artwork on the wall. Remember to take necessary precautions when handling heavy or valuable pieces, and always follow any specific instructions provided by the artwork's manufacturer.

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