Wiring an Oversized Wood Frame

Usually, when wiring a wood frame for hanging, two eyehooks are drilled into the back of the frame and the wire is strung and secured between them. However, if you have a large frame, such as one over 24” x 36”, it needs more support.

The best method is to install four eyehooks. This will distribute the frame’s weight evenly across the back and bottom, which will protect the corners of the picture frame in addition to keeping it on the wall securely. To do this, simply follow these steps:

1. Measure 6-8 inches from the top corners of the frame on each side and mark with a pencil. At the bottom of the frame, measure in from the sides 6-8 inches and mark those spots.

2. Drill pilot holes on each mark. Our plant uses DeWalt drills to get the job done. Screwdrivers will not be sufficient for this type of job.

drill pilot holes

3. Screw in all four eyehooks.
screw in eyehooks


all four eyehooks are attached to the back

This is how the back of the picture frame will look when all four eyehooks are attached. Two hooks are attached on the sides of the frame and two hooks are attached on the bottom of the frame for weight distribution.

4. Begin by stringing the wire through the bottom left eyehook and up through the top left eyehook. We recommend using #6 braided wire for larger pieces such as this.

string wire through the bottom left point and up to the top left

5. From the top left eyehook, bring the wire across the back of the frame and through the top right hook, then down to the remaining bottom right hook. Secure it in place by wrapping it back around itself several times.
string wire through the last two points

6. This is how the frame should look from the back once completed
completed view of frame with the wire

Have you been avoiding making, buying or hanging that stunning piece of art because you didn’t know a safe, simple way to hang something so large? We hope now you can get that piece up on the wall. If you have any other questions or ideas about oversized art, let us know right here. We’ll be checking back for responses and questions.

AubreyK | 4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM | 4 comments
American Frame
It's not too hard once you figure out what to do!
4/21/2014 9:41:26 AM

So smart and simple!
4/18/2014 2:02:21 PM

American Frame

Glad you found this useful! It's really important to wire a large piece correcly.
4/16/2014 1:20:41 PM

What a great tip! I would not have known to do that. Your blogs are always so helpful!!
4/16/2014 12:59:32 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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