Metal and Wood Frame Hardware

Hardware can be a scary term. It brings to mind power tools and mysterious instructions that seem never to fold up the same way twice. But don’t fear: frame hardware is simple, straightforward and there’s not a power cord in sight! The best thing is: American Frame includes hardware with every purchase.

Most wood picture frames arrive assembled, so the included hardware is only for holding in the artwork and hanging.  The artwork is held in by spring clips, which can be inserted by hand.  For hanging, we include screws and wire hangers* (method one) and a saw tooth hanger (method 2, for lighter frames) as well as wall protectors. 

wood frame hardware

The very largest wood frames do come unassembled because of shipping restrictions, so if you order up a wood frame over 90 united inches (“united” means the frame’s width + its length) be prepared to do a little more work.  You’ll need wood glue, a drill, a 1/8” drill bit and a hammer.

All metal picture frames  arrive unassembled, but putting them together is easy.  A screwdriver is all you need to attach the “L” shaped brackets that hold the four corners of the frame.  In addition to the corner brackets and the screws that hold them, metal frame hardware includes 4 backing plates, 8 spring clips, 2 wire hangers* and 2 wall protectors.  All are easily installed by hand or with a screwdriver.

metal frame hardware

Both metal and wood frames come with assembly instructions.  These instructions are also online. 
Wood Assembly:
Metal Assembly:

*Note: The wire for metal and wood frames and saw tooth hangers for metal frames need to be purchased separately and can be found under “framing tools” on the website.

Don’t be scared off by the word “hardware.”  Frame assembly is a process anyone can master and we are always here to help, both online and on the phone.  Once you have your frame in front of you, if you have a question, call Customer Service at (800) 537-0944, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30pm (EST).  You can also email  We are happy to walk you through the whole process.  And now you’re an assembly expert!  Share your experience with us.  We’d love to hear about it.

For more information, see our related articles:

Metal Frames: How to Place and Space Spring Clips
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AubreyK | 10/20/2014 3:09:31 PM | 2 comments
American Frame

It was a cost issue as well as an issue of determining the correct size to send to customers. Now you can choose whichever size you need, if you decide that you need wire (not all customers use wire.)
11/4/2014 1:31:58 PM

Why don't you include the wire in the hardware kits?
10/24/2014 11:22:43 AM