Two Simple Steps to Help You Install Frame Hardware on Your Picture Frame

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Installing picture frame hardware may seem rather simple to do and only requires a couple of steps, however there is more to it than meets the eye. If you use the wrong type of wall frame hardware or don't know where to put it, installing picture frame hardware can be a little tricky. So, here are a couple of tips you can use to make installing your wall frame hardware easier.

Step #1: Use the Correct Picture Frame Hardware

Many quality ready made picture frames already have picture frame hardware installed if they're designed for hanging on the wall. However, if your frame doesn't have hardware then you're going to have to do it yourself or pay a frame retailer to do it for you. If you want to install the hardware yourself, there are two main types of hanging hardware: saw-tooth hangers and eye hooks, both of which can be found at your local hardware store.

If your wall picture frame is smaller than 11x14, you should use a saw-tooth hanger as these are easier to install. Saw-tooth hangers come in a variety of sizes. If your wall frame is smaller than 8x10, use a small or medium-sized saw-tooth hanger. If your frame size is between an 8x10 and 11x14, it's best to use a large saw tooth hanger to properly support the frame. If you have a heavy or large picture frame, it is recommended you use two eye hooks as they can hold more weight and accommodate larger size picture frames. Eye hooks require more effort to install than saw-tooth hangers, but the added support is needed for large, heavy frames.

Step #2: Determine How You Want to Hang Your Frame

The first step is to determine if you want to hang your frame either horizontally or vertically. Once that is determined, you can begin installing the proper picture frame hardware.

Saw tooth hangers need to be installed straight and centered on the back of the frame otherwise your picture will not hang properly. To align correctly and find the center of the frame, measure the width of the frame and divide that measurement in two. This figure will be the center spot for attaching the saw-tooth hanger. A small level may help you get the hanger straight on the frame.

Eye hooks are attached by screwing them into the wood of the frame molding. This helps to support the weight of the frame when it's hung on the wall. To determine where the eye hooks should be placed, you will need to measure to be sure they are evenly placed. Measure a third of the way down from the top of the frame and mark both the left and right hand sides. These marks will be where the eye hooks will go. Once you are sure the marks are even, pre-drill your holes. Once the eye hooks are screwed evenly into both sides of the frame, string a wire through the eyes of the hooks and twist the wire tightly around itself to secure. Make sure to leave some extra room in the wire so the frame will hang properly on the wall.

If you are handy with tools, you should be able to easily install the picture frame hardware yourself. If you are reluctant to tackle this job, ask your frame retailer to do it for you. Although it's not hard doing it yourself, once you see it done or have an example to follow it will be easy doing it next time by yourself.

 

Autumn Lockwood is a write for Your Picture Frames and is passionate about photography. Shop online and see our entire selection of picture frames in a wide variety of sizes like our 4 x 6 picture frames and 5 x 7 frames. Visit our online picture frame shop or call us at 1-800-780-0699.

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