A couple of weeks ago, I had the idea to place a brand-new frame in my apartment. Someone had given it to me, and despite its obvious aesthetic value, its significance went well beyond that of the artwork it contained. This was a present from one of my closest friends, who sadly passed away before giving it to me. She never stopped to consider the struggles that others were going through, despite the fact that she went out of her way to purchase the most thoughtful presents for them. Despite the fact that I have been dealing with sadness as of late, this serves as a reminder that there are still individuals who care passionately about me and want to give back even though they are unable to be here anymore.
I waited until nightfall and then crept into my living room while everyone else was sleeping on the couch watching TV or reading their Kindle Fires (our family is comprised entirely of night owls). I only used one nail to hang the picture, and it turned out to be really secure. The weight of the photo frame was a perfect match for a single nail in my wall that had been there for years and was holding another picture.
I rapidly came to the conclusion that hanging this brand-new frame was not going to be possible without making some major adjustments (or spending some money). Still, when I looked at the rear of it, I discovered an old screw hole, which led me to believe that someone had previously screwed into a stud while they were framing their house or apartment before we came in. I checked at the front of it as well, but I could not tell for sure.
So here’s what I ended up doing:
Take a measurement to determine how far you want your nails to hang.
Put a mark on them using a pencil and a ruler on your wall.
Drill very small holes between each of these marks, going down approximately an inch.
The next step is to take a rubber band, wrap it around the rear of your frame, and push it into the two screw holes that you drilled with the use of a little drill. This should secure your frame. To hang your picture frame, you can now put one nail on either side of these drilled regions in the wall that do not have a stud, or you can use a molly bolt.
If you have any wiggle room between the backs of your frames and the walls, then this would be a good time to try out using something other than metal fasteners while still protecting against too much movement caused by bumping or knocking things over. In my case, I hung the pictures using nails because they are more dependable than screws or bolts when it comes to hanging pictures. However, if you do not have any wiggle room between the backs of your frames and the walls, then you should use nails.
The other night, I hung three enormous frames similar to this one, and it took me approximately an hour to do so. It is possible that I would have had an easier time if I had a helper, but on the other hand, that is one of the perks of living your life alone at times: you get to do things how you want to without having to involve other people or wait for their permission.
I have a lot of sympathy for folks who are struggling to hang their frames because they are so heavy, and I hope that this post can be of some assistance to them! In any case, I will be here again the following week with another tutorial on how to do home improvement projects.