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Tips on How to Hang a Heavy Picture, Shadowbox or Rug

Hanging heavy objects such as large picture with frames, shadowbox, or a rug can pose some serious problems for the amateur room designer. However, there is no need to fret. If you are faced with this problem, there are a variety of solutions that you can use to solve it easily.


The first thing you need to do is to understand the problem. Heavy objects can’t be hung easily because, well, they are heavy. The type of wall that the object is supposed to be hung on also greatly affects the outcome. Using the right tools and screws would not really matter if the wall they are attached to is the one that gives way when the heavy object is placed. You can’t expect that large, heavy mirror to stay in place either if you did not use the right tools to hold it up. To make sure none of your precious items fall and break after you hang them, you should pay close attention to the type you are hanging the item on and the tools you are using to hang it up.

There are various tools used for hanging heavy objects. They are all strong enough to keep heavy objects in place even though some are made of metal while others are made of plastic. The key here is to use the right tool for the right job. These tools were designed to accomplish a specific task; thus, if you use the wrong tool for a job, chances are it would not hold up for long.

If the object you want to hang comes with brackets, check to see if the brackets are right for the object. Although they are supposed to be the right ones, mistakes can always happen; and you would not want your mirror breaking into a million pieces or your brand new slim TV crashing to the floor because of somebody else’s mistake, would you? If you have any doubts about the capability of the bracket to hold your item, make a trip to the hardware store and get heavy duty ones that would put you at ease. It’s definitely worth the effort.

When you have your brackets or screws ready, locate for studs on the wall that you want to hang the item on. Wall studs are the sturdy pieces of wood that were used to frame the wall. Finding these are important because these pieces are the strongest points available on the wall and it is here that you should anchor your screws and brackets. After you have located the studs, see if the brackets you have can attach to at least two studs. If they can, then you are ready to attach your brackets. Use a level tool to make sure that the brackets you install line up. Uneven installation of the brackets can also lead to objects falling off the wall.

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Nilda Nora

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