The DIY Designer: A tip for hanging heavy art –

August 7, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

The hooks come in two pieces. Put the anchor through the hook and attach it to the wall. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

One thing I’ve brought much more of into our new home that we didn’t have in our previous home is art—big art.

However, hanging those large pieces of art can prove to be a challenge. I have been known to scoot a piece of furniture over a few inches to center it under a piece or art or mirror just because I had found a stud there and didn’t want to fool with installing a wall anchor.

In the new place, though, those studs haven’t been quite where I needed them to be. On a trip to Home Depot to buy some wall anchors, I happened upon these heavy-duty picture hooks. I decided to give them a try, and I’m so glad I did.

These come in two pieces: an anchor and a hook. You simply slide the hook onto the anchor and screw it into the wall with a drill or screwdriver. Then, just hang your art on the hook.

This art in my bathroom added a feminine touch to an otherwise-masculine space. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

(art/wall color/faucet)

Most of my art came with D-rings attached on each side. For the piece above, I was able to run a heavy-duty hanging wire from side to side through the D-rings and then hang the wire on the hook anchor.

I used two of the wall hooks placed the same distance apart as the D-rings on the back of the art to hang this piece. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

(art/glass dining table)

Some of my pieces, however, were too heavy to run the wire back and forth—like the art in my dining room.

For those pieces, I used two of the wall driller picture hooks spaced apart the same distance the D-rings were spaced apart on the back of the frame. 

To hang the bathroom mirror, I first attached D-rings to the back of it, then hung it on the wall hooks. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

In my master bathroom, I didn’t have any hooks at all on the back of the mirror, so I bought D-rings and attached them to the back of the mirror, then attached the wall driller picture hooks to the wall and hung the mirror on them.

Most of these things have been up since around mid-May, and none of them has budged a bit. Of course, finding a stud and drilling a screw into that and then hanging your heavy pieces is always the best way to go, but when that can’t happen, these hook anchors are the next best thing.

Do you have any other tips or tricks for hanging heavy pictures or other wall décor items?

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.