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How to Hang Your Art Without Nails in 5 Easy Steps

27 Aug 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether you live in a rental property, or you’re someone who doesn’t like the permanence of hammering nails into the wall to hang your art – you might feel like you need to think outside the box to display it like a pro.

However, it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Just follow our five simple steps and you’ll be able to transform your empty walls into a stunning gallery to display your own private art collection.


Step 1: Get Your 'Tools' Together

 Okay, so you might not be doing any major DIY, but you will need a few bits and bobs to make your job a little easier.

Firstly, we’d recommend having a decent tape measure and a spirit level. Thankfully, the latter is now a staple on most mobile phones; and tape-measures are easy to come by... everyone has one hidden away somewhere!

We’d also recommend getting yourself a small chalk pencil or piece of whiteboard chalk. This can help when it comes to putting marks on the wall to guide you and can easily be rubbed off once the artwork is hung, or when you take it down in the future.

Finally, you’ll need command strips to pull off this method. They might seem pricey, but they’re absolutely worth it. What’s more, they can securely hold an impressive weight – so, even if you have a real show-stopping wall-filler, if you follow their instructions you can be confident that your art will stay safely put.


Step 2: Find the Right Spot


Whether you’re using nails or not, you need to do your best to make sure that you’ve got a good idea of where the artwork is going to hang before you get started.

Typically, you’ll want the room and furniture around the artwork to help frame it.

For example, if you’re hanging it above the sofa – you’ll probably want to make sure it’s directly above the very centre of the sofa. Or if there’s a table or chest of drawers below the spot you’re thinking of, consider how this then lines up with the artwork.

Another trick to help you find the perfect place for your artwork is to think about the ‘rule of thirds’. If you break to space up into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) it can help create a visually appealing spread and layout.

This is also nice if you don’t like things to look too ‘ordered’ but still want the place to look and feel tidy.

If you already have other artwork on display, consider how it will look alongside them.

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Step 3: Measure


There are a number of important measurements that you’ll need to take into account when it comes to hanging your artwork.

First and foremost, you’ll need to know the measurements of the artwork itself. If it’s framed make sure you take into account the size of the frame because this can significantly impact the next steps.

You may also want to stick your command strips to the back of the artwork at this point. These can be your reference points when it comes to choosing where to mark measurements on the wall.

Once you have an idea of the size of your artwork, make sure to note down the distance from its edge to its centre. This will help when it comes to placing the command strips in the right place on the wall.

Typically, galleries will hang artworks so that the very middle of the image is at 57 inches – the average height of most adults’ eye-line. You may find that this works for you, but don’t be afraid to play around with different heights – especially if you have other artworks on display already.

Use your chalk to mark the walls at this stage, and then you can begin the process of sticking your strips to the wall.


Step 4: Align


You may find that steps three and four need to be interchanged, and you may have to measure, then align, then measure again – just to double-check.

Even when you aren’t making permanent fixings with nails or hooks, it’s worth taking your time and double-checking things. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re done, taking a step back, and realising you’ve messed up and need to start all over again!

Once you think that you’ve marked the correct distances, whether from the floor, the middle-point where you want the artwork to be centred, or the edges where your command strips will be placed; you should make sure to get out your spirit level and make sure any lines between your specified points are level.

You don’t want a wonky artwork!

Don’t rush this bit and feel free to check and double-check all the measurements and alignments are correct before you proceed to ‘hang’ the artwork.


Step 5: Place and Pop

With command strips, this is as easy as popping two pieces of Lego together.

Simply line up the Velcro strips on the back of the artwork, and those that you’ve put on the wall. Press it into place and firmly push the two together to make sure that all the Velcro is properly attached and connected.

We’d recommend pressing it for at least 20 seconds on each area where the strips are attached just to make sure!

Finally, just to make sure... get out your spirit level again and check that the artwork is sitting straight and doesn’t lean to either side. If you find that you are a couple of degrees out, you should be able to pull apart the Velcro, and re-set it without having to completely start again.

And there you have it! It really is that easy to hang art on your walls without any nails or causing any permanent damage.


Extra Bonus Hack....


Okay, so there’s an even easier way to cleverly display your newest artwork without any of the steps above...

You don’t need a tape measure, a spirit level, command strips, hooks, nails, or anything else that might require a trip to the hardware store or a wait for Amazon Prime to do its magic.

Step 1: Find a Table, Desk or Cabinet

Step 2: Place the Artwork on the Table

Step 3: Lean it Against the Wall

Step 4: Stand Back and Admire Your Handy Work.

You can even do this on the floor if the artwork is big enough!

If you pop a few smaller items, such as candles and small plants on either side of your artwork, when displaying it like then, you can create a really stunning, casual (even bohemian) aesthetic!

The reality is that there’s no strict rulebook when it comes to displaying your art.

At the end of the day, you should feel comfortable being as creative with your display as the artist was in creating it in the first place.

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