How to Hang a Framed Wall Grouping

Today I’m reporting to you from our newly remodeled American Frame lunchroom and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share how we actually hang a grouping of pictures in a room. One of the questions we get asked most often is: what's the best way to approach hanging a grouping?

There are a lot of different ways to approach the project, but I particularly like the idea of cutting templates out of Kraft paper that are the exact same size of the artwork. What that allows me to do is kind of play with the possibilities, especially in this particular case, we wanted keep it whimsical and informal yet accurate.

Once you create your layout and you’re satisfied with the placement of all the pictures, the next step is to actually hang them and that is where Mike of ‘Ask Mike’ fame is going to assist us. When you start your hanging process, you want to make sure that you have all your basic tools at hand. You need a drill, in this case we need one because we're actually hanging these pictures into cement block, and we have our anchors and our screws, a level, hammer, a couple screwdrivers. So right now he's measuring one-inch below the top of our template. Mike is measuring from the center the template and marking where is going to screw into the wall. The device that Mike is using is called the Hangman. He’ll actually drill into the wall, secure the metal strip, and then hang the picture on the device.

My job is to man the vacuum and we have to make sure that the dust doesn't go everywhere; we’re drilling into a cement wall here. Next, the molly bolts go in and we no longer need the template. Now Mike is securing the Hangman to the wall and again, it has a level so you can check that.  It's best to use a hand screwdriver and the reason is that with the power drill it vibrates and may loosen the molly bolts, whereas if you just use a screwdriver you get a better grip. So now the first piece goes to the wall simply hung from the top of the frame. Beautiful!

Now we are moving on to the wood frame. So with the wood the Hangman is actually attached to the frame as well as to the wall. The placement of the hangman goes right to the inside lip of the frame. He’s carefully drilling into the frame; it’s important to not go too deep because you don't want to go through the front of the frame. Now he's using a screwdriver and that isn't going anywhere! Mike is also putting a piece of tape around the drill bit so that he knows how far he has to go into the wall. Mike is actually measuring the center of the template to make sure it measures the center of the frame.

So I measured from the top of the frame to the bottom of the hanger on the frame. It was about two and a half inches (again about a sixteenth of an inch short) so Mike is going to be drilling into the wall at that exact measurement. Mike will attach the other part of the Hangman to the wall. Again, notice he’s putting the screws in by hand so he can apply even pressure. Now it’s time hang. Look at that! Secure and level! That picture’s not going anywhere.

So we've shown you the process for how to hang metal frames as well woods and we will be repeating this methodology throughout to hang the remaining pictures.


AubreyK | 3/6/2015 3:24:47 PM | 5 comments
American Frame

Great idea! That way your boss doesn't get mad at all the nail holes in the walls :)
3/19/2015 1:43:48 PM

Great idea! I'll be using this trick hang all my prints in my office. Thanks!
3/19/2015 12:27:21 PM

American Frame
It also helps that you don't have to put a million nail holes in your walls, only to realize that you don't like the arrangement.
3/12/2015 7:50:54 AM

Thanks for the tutorial. It makes it sound easy enough, not so intimadating.
3/11/2015 1:25:10 PM

The right equipment makes any job easy. Good to have a supply list.
3/10/2015 4:27:47 PM

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Mike Cromly
So, who’s Mike? He is the man behind the mission of getting your picture frames produced and out the door quickly, correctly, with custom frame shop quality. Once your order is placed, it is in the hands of Mike and the many people he has trained over his 35+ years with the company. A natural teacher, he loves to tinker and experiment. Of course he has a nice office, but we rarely find him there. Working in the plant and improving our processes is his passion. Outside of American Frame, Mike is an outdoorsman, avid fisherman, devoted family man and Ohio State Buckeye fan. Mike's Twitter
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