How to Hang Items on Walls like an Interior Designer?

Some people may think that hanging items to your walls is as easy as taking a nail and hammering it on your wall. But it’s not as simple as that. If you do it wrong, the item can end up falling to the floor, the glass frame will break, and your wall will start to get some dents that you never wanted.


If you are hesitant when it comes to doing this job yourself, but at the same time willing to learn how, here are some ways on how to hang picture frames and mirrors on your wall the proper way.

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If you are willing to go the extra mile in learning how to hang a picture frame or a mirror properly to your wall, you must first make sure to follow these tips to ensure that you do it correctly:


Consider the Type of Wall You Have

Before you do any work on your wall, you have to make sure of the condition of your wall before you can ensure that you do not get any kind of dents.

If it’s a wall made out of stone or brick, these will be much better to run a nail through, but if you are going to be dealing with thinner walls like a cavity, you have to make sure that you do not hit a pipe, because these walls can sometimes have pipes and wires behind it.

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It is better that if you will be running a nail through a cavity type wall, that you find a hole that doesn’t pierce through the pipes and wires to ensure that you do not get any kind of electrical problem, or holes in your pipes.

If you fail to do this correctly you can run a hole through your pipe and it can cause a leak. Leaks are very dangerous, and can cause a fire anywhere especially if it is a gas pipe.


Locate a Timber

Tap on the cavity wall – if you want to find out how to find a hole through your cavity wall, you can try knocking on the wall and see if there are more hallow spots between timbers.

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These can also be found in vertical timbers, because these are regularly space between each other starting at the two edges of each wall. If you find a hallow spot, this will be the best place to run your nail through.


Use an Electronic Tester

After you have successfully found a spot where you can place your nail in, you can test it by using an electronic tester to check if everything is safe.

If you want to use a hammer to pierce a hole through your wall, you can do so, but you also have the option to drill a small hole where you want to hang the picture. Drilling a hole will be less time consuming than hammering.

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electric tester

Make sure that when you drill a hole in your wall, that if you see any wood shavings down the bit of your drill, you are potentially drilling through a timber. If you are not drilling through a timber, then your drill should go through the other side of the plasterboard or the lath plaster.

How to Hang Pictures on Plasterboards

If you are aiming to hang a picture or a mirror on a plasterboard, take note that plasterboard is very soft and made up of paper and gypsum.

These walls are usually thin, and measure half an inch, which means that it may not be able to handle heavy items, and can easily pull out the nails and screws while you are trying to take out of your wall. But there are ways to work around plaster boards, these usually involve screws.

Always keep in mind though that you make sure to put them in the right way you want them because these can become hard to take out again if you make a mistake.


If you are going to use screws, make sure to use plastic or metal. These screws grip pretty well to a plaster wall for as long as you screw them in the right way. Just enough for you to be able to take it out again in case you make any mistakes.

If you end up over screwing the screws, you can shatter the plasterboard. When using a drill, make sure to put in the plastic, and then screw the screw using a drill to keep it inside the plastic.

Make sure to use pinhead or dome head screws that has an edge, so that you can hang the picture on the wall properly.

Final Words

If you really think about it, hanging a picture on your wall is not always the easiest job even if most people think it is just as simple as knocking a hammer with a nail to your wall.

There are still a lot of things to consider before you do this job yourself, and that usually involves assessing your wall if it is in the right condition to be drilled or hammered. This type of job is recommended for those who are willing to learn how to get it done the right way.

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