Not all picture hangers are created equal, nor are they meant to be. Each serves its own purpose and for good reason.
Here are my favorites, all of which are readily available at hardware stores:
Of course, who could do without the age old standard picture hangers.
These are rated for 10 pounds. But for a heavy print or mirror be sure to use heavier weight ones. (I’d recommend a pair of hangers too for anything besides a very lightweight picture.)
Sometimes, just a simple nail works for something like this little antique print that has a visible hanger on it.
For this really small oil painting, I didn’t bother putting a hanger on it, but instead just mounted a sheetrock screw in the wall to ‘hook’ the bottom edge of the top of the frame on.
A lot of new artwork comes with these little sawtooth hangers mounted on the top edge of the frame, a sheetrock screw allows the hanger to catch on the screw, but nothing shows after the print is hung. (Unlike if you try to use a standard picture hanger, they show at the top, and can be very difficult to fit the hook into the sawtooth hanger.)
If you need a little more support than just sheetrock to hold the screw into the wall, but a stud isn’t exactly where you want to hang your artwork, then try these anchors. I’ve used the plastic version too, but totally prefer these metal ones. They’re very sturdy and so simple to use.
Just screw them into the wall until the flat head is flush with the wall. Next using a sheetrock screw just screw right into that hole in the center of the anchor, and ta-da, you now have a very strong way to hold your art.
These hooks use some sort of physic’s law, I’m sure, to work so well. But, however it is, they are amazing! No tools needed. These hooks are designed for hollow sheetrock walls, so they don’t work for either plaster walls or if there happens to be a stud exactly where you want to put the hook.
So you see not all hooks, hangers, nails and screws are the same, and it’s a good thing too, because that allows the right option for the job.
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