Tips and Tricks for Hanging Custom Frames

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Custom frames are such a great way to preserve a memory whether it is a classic movie poster, family heirloom, original artwork, or just a piece you like. However, there is also an art to hanging custom frames second only to finding the perfect place to hang it. If you have not hung frames before or are just hoping for a few pointers, this post is for you. Take a look before you start hanging your custom frames.

Types of Hardware for Hanging Custom Frames

How do you know if you should choose a hanging wire or sawtooth hardware to hang your piece? This may seem simple, but it’s a valid and important question. Sawtooth brackets are adequate for hanging smaller custom frames. They make the task of leveling and hanging them much easier. Larger frames will need a hanging wire to support the weight.

You’ll need the wire plus a couple of d-rings to attach it to the frame. It’s easy to attach it to the back of the frame. Using d-rings and wire on the back of an oversized frame will allow you to use multiple nails or hanging hooks if it needs additional support.

What You’ll Need to Hang Your Custom Frame

After you’ve installed the hardware to the back of the frame, you’ll want to gather a few tools. Here are some useful tools to help with the hanging process:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil (and eraser)
  • A hammer
  • Painter tape and kraft paper (optional)
  • Level (optional)

Gathering these tools before starting the actual hanging process will make it go smoother and faster.

Measurement and Placement

One of the most common mistakes made when hanging custom framed artwork involves the placement. Oftentimes, the piece is hung too high. Try to keep them around eye-level, especially if you are hanging it above furnishings like a couch or bed. Generally, it’s good to leave three to six inches between the top of the furniture to give some breathing room. Before you start hammering nails in the wall, take a few minutes to plan the placement.

It is also best to use either painter’s tape or kraft paper to mimic their placement. Cutting kraft paper to the same size of the frames and taping it up to the wall will give you a better idea of what your finished product may look like without a lot of unnecessary holes in the wall. Just be sure to make your paper or tape true to scale and the same shape as your frame.

Using a level to make sure you are hanging custom frames level is useful and beats eyeballing it, even if you’re good at it. There are also some apps that can help with this task. Also, if you’d like to prevent the custom frame from scuffing the wall, use self-adhesive rubber pads on the bottom corners of the frame’s back.

Hanging Different Sizes, Shapes, and Colors of Custom Frames

It’s easier to try to make everything match when you are decorating. Many people have a fear of combing wrong colors or messing up the entire room’s décor. There is no need to fear. It’s quite okay to create a space using different frame colors and styles to decorate an area.

Also, note that mixing and matching frame colors can add variety and character to a room’s décor. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix different wood tones, finishes, or colors together. You might want to alternate black and white frames or hand different sized pieces together to fit your personal style. If you decide to mix frame textures and colors, try to stick to two or three overall size differences in the mix.

Contact Suburban Frames in Atlanta

Do you have some items ready for a custom frame? Would you like more ideas on hanging custom frames? Contact us at Suburban Frames in Atlanta. We’d love to help you out!