Hanging a picture perfectly level requires a little skill and patience. Rushing to get the picture on the way can easily result it the picture being too high or low, resulting in you having to place another hole in the wall. If you aren’t careful you could wind up with more holes on the walls than pictures. Slow down and get it right the first time so you aren’t spending next weekend patching all the holes in the walls. Here are some simple steps for hanging a perfectly level picture.
The first thing to do is choose the wall where you want the picture to be hung. Take a pencil and lightly draw an X where you would like the picture to hang. Be sure that you have plenty of space on each side.
Using a tape measure, make certain that there is approximately 58 inches from the floor to where you drew your letter X on the wall. If the X is too high or low of that X, erase the one you previously drew and mark the new X closer to the 58 inch mark on the tape measure. This is the average eye level for most people, and it is the most common height for hanging pictures.
Hold the back of the picture up against the wall and make certain that the X will be in line with the anchor or metal wire that runs on the back of the picture. If when you hold that wire taunt the picture is too high or low, slightly move the X so the picture still is centered at 58 inches. The easiest way to do this correctly is hold the picture backwards on the wall over the X where you want it to eventually hang. Make a mark on the wall where the top of the picture hits the wall. Now pull the wire on the back of the picture up towards the top, and measure how many inches from there to top of picture. Put down picture, use that measurement and go from the mark on wall where top of picture is, down. This will be your new X.
Now that your X is in the right spot, lightly hammer your nail into the wall at the spot you marked. Take the picture and position the wire or the anchor in the back so it falls right on the nail. Straighten and you now have hung a perfectly level picture.
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