Picture hanging using D-rings

picture hanging using d-rings

Picture hanging is a long-ignored art form. But in recent years, the hook aisle at hardware stores has grown to include an encyclopedic selection of devices that can accomplish any number of feats: holding 170kg on drywall; securing frames safely above children’s beds; latching onto concrete and then moving four inches when you decide a picture could do with being pushed down a smidge. Yet many of us still hang frames on a simple nail, a strategy that horrifies the pros at galleries and museums.

“The correct method of hanging is to use D-rings,” said Marilyn Murdoch, the owner of Katayama Framing, a Portland, Ore., installation company that serves West Coast museums and galleries.

A D-ring is just what it sounds like: a metal ring shaped like the letter D that screws into the side rails on the back of a frame. The D-rings are then hung on two J-hooks attached to a wall.

The J-hook, another item of hardware that looks like it sounds and is sometimes called a “professional hanger,” is secured by three nails. It is available at hardware stores and can be used in drywall or plaster.

Museums often further secure frames with a mending plate, a device that keeps people from moving a picture and prevents it from falling off the wall during an earthquake. The plate, a piece of metal with two holes, is attached to the frame with one screw and to the wall with another.

To hang children’s art, Ms Murdoch suggested using a nail and a small magnet.

“We recently helped mount an art show of light Japanese papers,” she said. “The artist put a straight pin in the wall, then held up the paper and secured it with a little magnet, so they looked like they were floating.”

Heavier pieces, like oil paintings or large mirrors that weigh more than 70 pounds, can be attached with two cleats (usually made of wood or steel): one is screwed into the back of the frame and the other is drilled into a wall stud. The two fit together like puzzle pieces.

“Multiple cleats are safest for big things, even 500 or 1,000 pounds,” said Kent Roberts, an exhibition design manager for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “They’re ideal in homes because cleats can go on each stud, without having to centre the picture around the studs.”

Do-it-yourselfers can hang almost anything under 40 pounds, said Heidi Karpa, an interior designer in Chicago, but she suggests they “measure three times, hang once.”

Before she hangs anything, she said, she makes scrap paper cutouts in the shape of her frames and arranges them on the wall with tape.

“Once you know how you want your paintings laid out, go to your local hardware store and tell them what you’re hanging and what kind of wall you have, and let them help you,” she said. “There are the greatest twist-in screw things that you don’t even realize exist.”

She suggested buying hooks that can support slightly more weight than the load, particularly when hanging plants because water adds pounds.

Ms Karpa also recommends investing in an electric stud finder and laser level. “When you have a row of things to hang, you find your stud, mark your point, set the laser level and a beam shoots across,” she said.

If this sounds too intimidating, though, there’s no shame in hiring a pro.

“It’s money well spent,” said Philip Gorrivan, a Manhattan interior designer who once hung 40 engraved plates by himself when a client didn’t want to hire professional picture hangers. Although he was pleased with the result, he said, he has dreamed that the client had taken the plates off the wall “and noticed the six holes behind each one.”

“I pray that she doesn’t ever take a picture off the wall,” he said. “Professional hangers can hang a dozen smaller frames in an hour.”

Companies typically charge an hourly rate of $50, plus a service fee. (Hanging a small group of pictures might cost $110.) One way to find a professional is to call a local gallery and ask who does its hanging.

If you’re planning a wall with a lot of photographs that you might want to move around, Mr Gorrivan suggested using grasscloth as a wall covering. “It has texture and adds dimension,” he said, and most important, “you won’t see the holes.”

Many professionals hang pictures from cables suspended from the ceiling, creating a three-dimensional effect. “You get these great shadows and a feeling of art being presented to you in a different way,” Ms Murdoch said.

If you want to try doing it yourself, she suggested a picture hanging system, which comes with detailed instructions.

A similar effect can be created in a room with crown mouldings, by attaching moulding clips to two wires hanging down to frame level.

“People use fishing line, which is clear, so the wires go away,” Ms Karpa said. “I love the clip because you can reposition it.”

To some, of course, this kind of experimentation may sound all too risky. Mr Gorrivan is one of them.

After his latest experience, in which an 18th-century portrait of one of his wife’s ancestors crashed to the floor because it was not hung securely, he said, he plans to leave picture hanging to the professionals.

“We call her Elizabeth,” he said. “Elizabeth wasn’t very happy with me.”

This article appeared in the New York Times.

Foldyard. An amazing new gallery in Berwick.

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Painter David Watson and printmaker Morag Eaton are the artists behind the latest exhibitions at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall. The couple, who have lived and worked together for the past 30 years, have taken over a floor each, with Morag in Gallery One and David upstairs in Gallery Two. The idea was spawned by the wife of a hill farmer when she said they paid more to have their sheep sheared than they got for the wool, but that it was necessary for the welfare of the animals.

Foldyard are Dave Watson, painter & printmaker, and Morag Eaton, printmaker, who have been exhibiting artists for the last 30+ years. As well as exhibiting in independent and municipal galleries, for the last 8 years, they have held an annual Open Studio event in their home. Year on year the Open Studio became busier and in 2017 they decided to find commercial premises to exhibit from. A retail unit became available on Bridge Street in Berwick-upon-Tweed where they live, and FOLDYARD Gallery and Print Studio opened in 2018. With the gallery in the front space and the print studio in the back room for courses and workshops and situated on a street with small independent creative businesses, it is an ideal situation.

For the past 18 months Dave has been making a body of work called Gardens and Uncultivated spaces where he paints in private and public gardens and out in the wider landscape. Morag has spent the last year on an Arts Council England funded projected called ANOTHER FIELD: Farming Diversity. Here she made a body of work for a touring exhibition by working with 3 farms who have diversification businesses (a business which is separate from the core activities of the farm and brings in a separate revenue stream).

Dave and Morag are looking forward to having a permanent public exhibition space and how it will advance their work creatively.

Interior design blogs in the UK

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Whether it’s a calming space to relax, a family-friendly environment or unexpected snippets of inspiration at every turn, these bloggers have captured the hearts – and design sensibilities – of thousands in the capital and beyond. Step inside and see for yourself…

Love Chic Living


Jen Stanbrook is an interior design writer and blogger with a love for researching room accessories and design concepts. Jen created her blog Love Chic Living to share design and style ideas for the family home that don’t cost the earth. With a particular interest in modern and contemporary design, Jen posts advice on how to easily transform a room, improve your living space with the help of interior design trends, or add a bit of colour.

The Design Sheppard


The Design Sheppard was launched in 2009 by Stacey Sheppard, while she was working as a writer for Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine. The blog originally began as a place to store design content about products, concepts and events while researching for articles. Now attracting an audience on the search for interior inspiration, Design Sheppard focuses on all things related to interior design – encompassing wallpapers, lighting, individual room designs, and showcasing UK-based manufacturers and designers.



BODIE and FOU was established in 2007 by Karine Candice Köng to share her passions, which include wellbeing, white interiors and other inspirations for the home. Throughout her blog, Karine uses a conversational yet informative tone which speaks to her readers, presenting them with delectable photography and inspiration to motivate them to embark on a journey to refresh their home with minimalistic design.

Versatile use of Artiteq Click Rail

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Artiteq Click Rail

Artiteq Click Rail offers a very versatile use. This picture hanging system integrates easily with any interior. It is a hanging rail that is attached to the wall and you can install it in such a way that it connects to the ceiling. The rail is attached to the wall using clips (Click&Connect). This white version of the rail can be used as it is or you can choose to paint it, for example in the colour of the wall or the ceiling. If you would like the hanging wires to be least visible, you should choose the perlon hanging wire. The steel wire can also be used in the rail and has a look that could fit nicely in a modern interior. The number of frames and their weight will determine the types of hooks that you need to hang your art. Installation (fastening) material for the rail is included with the Click Rail Set (screws, wall plugs, end caps and connectors (for corners). We advise you to order the necessary items such as set frame accessories or dibond hangers for your artwork.

How to hang a large picture

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How to hang a large or heavy picture using heavy duty hanging picture system

The critical factors you need to know when hanging a heavy picture are:
– what weight the picture is
– what hanging system is best for the job
– what type of wall you are hanging it on.

What is a heavy picture?

In plain simple terms a very heavy picture is one which you wouldn’t think twice about trying to hang without an extra pair of hands. The issue is NOT whether you can lift it. It’s about whether you have the strength and motor control in your upper body to execute a manoeuvre to hook it onto the wall on two sides – while holding it above your head.

If you would struggle to hang a picture on your own because of size or weight then you ought to be thinking seriously about heavy duty hanging systems – and checking the wall!

Types of walls


Interior walls are built using a wooden framework and some form of covering – often plasterboard in modern houses. They’re not really suitable for hanging anything heavy. Light and medium-sized pictures can be hung on dry partition walls using picture hooks which are hammered into the walls using long hardened or steel pins.

However, steel pins are not long enough nor are they strong enough to hold heavyweight pictures and should NOT be used – unless you want your picture to fall off the wall.

Ideally, you should aim to hang medium-sized pictures where the stud frame is (i.e. into the wood which provides a more stable structure) but the chances are the location of the wall stud does not fit where you’d like to hang your picture. To check their location you need to use a stud locator. The stud finder is invaluable for older properties and where you have drywall. If you know the drywall is robust you can use a special anchor for drywall.

If you live in an older house you might find that some of your original interior walls are made of lath and plaster and the rule for these is you absolutely MUST find the wall studs before you hang anything.

Load bearing walls

Domestic homes will always have exterior walls and load-bearing walls which are suitable for hanging items which are a heavyweight. Typically in the UK, the wall is a solid masonry (brick or stone) wall or a concrete block wall.

These are the walls from which to hang a very large or very heavy picture (or mirror i.e. there’s a good reason why very large mirror are very often found on chimney breasts). That’s because this type of wall can take the longer screw length which might be required to get a solid fix.

If you’re hanging artwork in another sort of space you need to check what sort of wall it is. Banging on the wall often provides a good indication. If it sounds hollow then it’s an interior drywall. The other trick is to bang in a nail. If it’s easy to hammer in then chances are it’s a drywall. If it takes a lot more effort it’s probably a masonry wall. If it’s really difficult to impossible then it’s very likely you’ve hit the concrete and only drills and screws (and a heavy duty electric drill) will work. The same can be said for good quality exterior brickwork. One further consideration is the decoration.

If you think you might want to move paintings around a lot I wouldn’t favour walls which are wallpapered! It’s easy to fix holes in a painted plaster wall – but sorting out multiple large holes in the nice wallpaper is a bit of a challenge!

What is heavy duty hanging system?

Heavy duty hanging designed to provide a more secure fixing to large and/or heavy pictures. They’re made of more robust metal and commonly have at least two if not three screw holes.

It requires TWO bits of complementary hardware:

heavy duty hanger – this is a flat steel plate with a hanging loop at one end which is fixed to either side of the back of the picture frame. It’s often plated in brass and has at least two and often three holes to ensure a secure fixing should any screw get loose. They are often between 50mm and 90mm in length. They can have either a D ring at one end or a straphanger with a square hanging loop.

the heavy duty J hook – this is fixed to the wall and is the mate for the heavy duty hanger fixed to the frame. It provides the secure structure over which the D ring or loop is hung.

Why use heavy duty hangers?

Hanging is basically as good as the weakest point within the apparatus and the level of tension placed on any weaknesses. Hence, in general, it’s advisable not to use wire and d rings for very heavy pictures because it’s been known for the wire to create a lot of strain that in turns pulls a one screw D ring out of the back of the frame – and the picture comes crashing down.

Heavy duty hanging hardware prevents pictures falling off the wall (so long as they are fixed to a robust wall and the correct hangers for the weight are used). There’s no chain or wire involved which might unravel or pull out from the back of the frame. You are also not reliant on one screw on either side the tilted picture – because they are fixed either side and not in the middle

How to attach heavy-duty hangers to a heavy picture

You need:
bathroom scales – you need to check the weight of the picture and make sure that the fixings are suitable for the weight. (Get the weight in kilos and pounds as hanging systems vary as to which system they use)
2 x heavy duty hangers – to fix to the back of the frame
2 x heavy duty wall hooks – also called a Heavy duty J picture hanging hook
OR one horizontal interlocking bracket system fixed to the top of the frame and the wall (eg Z30 Z Bar Mirror & Picture hanger)
screws for both the hanger and the hook – suitable for the medium they are to be fixed to
the type of screw is dictated by what you are fixing into (eg masonry or wood);
the length of the screw is dictated by
how thick the frame is (i.e. this is one of the reasons why larger/heavier pictures need bigger/thicker frames)
how robust the wall is (eg in old brick we use longer masonry screws) and
rawl plugs
the size is dictated by the size of the hole in the heavy-duty hanging hook and hence screw size,
the length is dictated by the nature of the wall and length of screw used.
the correct drill bit for the type of wall (eg you need a masonry drill bit for masonry walls)
a spirit level – ideally one which is long!
a measuring tape
sticky painters tape (the sort which lifts off easily)
a soft pencil
a screwdriver
a hammer

Heavier pictures hung on two wall fixings

Aim: The D ring /loop goes straight over TWO static and robust hooks on the wall – no picture wire or chain involved. Fix hanging straps to either side of the frame. Fix hanging hooks to the wall. Hang the strap over the frame.

The process is as follows (omitting the checks as to which sort of drill bit/ rawl plug, screw you need to use)
Weigh the picture
Locate the studs in an interior wall if not using a sold wall. Check whether the width between the studs is compatible with the width between the vertical uprights of your frame. If not review whether you want to relocate the place to hang.
Select a heavy duty picture hanger which is the right gauge for the weight of the picture
Measure the depth of the frame and select the correct depth of screws (you don’t want the screws coming through the other side!)
Mark off the same distance from the top of the frame. Make sure that you’ve taken account of the size of the hook it will be hanging over which is going to fixed to the wall. (You need to avoid this being on show) Try placing the hook on the back of the frame, then place the hanging loop over it and determine where the plate needs to go on the back of the frame so that the hook is invisible.
Drill a hole and screw the hanger in near the top on either side. Make sure that the the plate is vertical and that the D ring or loop is positioned at the top of the plate (ready to loop over the hook).
Use the tape and spirit level to get the level right (i.e. bubble in the middle). Mark up the wall where the hook needs to go and then drill (and rawlplug) the hole and screw the hook to the wall.
Hang the loop or D rings over the hook on the wall.

Picture wall display made look beautiful

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We are the #1 place for Artiteq picture hanging systems in the UK.

PictureSuperstore.co.uk offers a wide range of picture hanging products by Artiteq specifically designed for photography, pictures and artwork. They provide virtually unlimited flexibility and versatility in arranging your wall display. Hanging pictures has never been easier. Artiteq picture hanging systems allow you to accomplish it without damaging your walls. Order your system today and enjoy flexibility in hanging and arranging the pictures on your walls. Modern look and flexible solutions.

Artiteq Click Rail.

One of the most popular and versatile picture hanging systems. Using the Click & Connect clips, mounting the system is fast and easy. Artiteq Click Rail may be mounted beneath a ceiling. You are more than welcome to paint it if needed, for example in a colour of your wall. This helps the picture hanging system to blend in making it nearly invisible.

Artiteq Twister Wire.

Twister has been designed for the use with all picture hanging rails. It’s the most user-friendly way to hook the hanging wire into the rail: twist, click and you’re done. Since the Twister can be clicked in anywhere along the rail, you can hang your picture wherever you like.

Artiteq Mini Hook.

A screw-locking hook designed to be used with 2mm perlon wires. A great hanging solution thanks to its excellent quality and design. We offer a wide selection of hooks which suit most of the popular picture hanging needs.

We are happy to help.

If you have any queries or need advice, we are always happy to help. Please contact us by email with your plans and ideas to get more information and advice.

We offer the best prices in the UK. All Artiteq products carry 10 year warranty. Discounts available on large orders. Contact us to get a quote.

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Amazing interior inspiration blogs

Amazing interior inspiration

Amazing interior inspiration blogs for you

Here are amazing interior inspiration blogs. Whether it’s a calming space to relax, a family-friendly environment or unexpected snippets of inspiration at every turn, these bloggers have captured the hearts – and design sensibilities – of thousands and beyond. Step inside and see for yourself.

Abigail Ahern

Abigail is an influential tastemaker who is consistently ahead of the design trail, whether she’s pioneering faux flowers or dark, inky colour palettes. Her trendsetting designs are synonymous with glamour, eclecticism and British humour. Abigail began her career in interior design in the States, with a portfolio that spans lavish residential properties to the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach hotel. The team at Abigail Ahern are obsessed with interiors. They push the boundaries to totally reinvent spaces, and to inspire you to create a home you’ll never want to leave.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy is a Lifestyle and interior design community sharing design lessons, DIY how-tos, shopping guides and expert advice for creating a happy, beautiful home. It Helps people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.

Dezeen Magazine

Dezeen is the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing. Their mission is simple: to bring you a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects and news from around the world.

Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly ever since. Their audience has grown each year and by February 2017 they were getting 2.5 million unique visitors per month, making us one of the 7,500 most popular websites on the planet according to Alexa, as well as the most popular website about design.

Make your wall display look beautiful

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Picture hanging systems are equally well placed in homes and schools as they are in galleries and museums. They provide virtually unlimited flexibility and versatility in arranging your wall display. Hanging pictures has never been easier. Artiteq picture hanging systems allow you to accomplish it without damaging your walls. Make your wall display look beautiful.

Artiteq has been creating, developing and producing picture hanging solutions since 1995. Modern design, product quality, and application flexibility lie at the heart of Artiteq’s approach in the developing process of their hanging systems. Artiteq responds to trends and take into account consumers’ growing interest in arranging their living environments. In designing and producing hanging systems, Artiteq strives to achieve a high level of quality and focuses on the environment and sustainability.

They apply care and precision to ensure the safety of their products is maintained through extensive quality control procedures. Artiteq hanging systems are popular choice in 60 countries around the world for home and business projects.

One of the most popular choices, Artiteq Click Rail, is available in three different versions: white, primer and aluminium. It offers a great flexibility of hanging framed photos thanks to the wide selection of perlon and steel wires. It allows you to attach hooks anywhere along the rail.

Order your system at the Picture Superstore today and enjoy flexibility in hanging and arranging the pictures on your walls.

What is a picture hanging system?

what is a picture hanging system?

What is a picture hanging system?

What is a picture hanging system? A picture hanging system consists of a rail, a wire called sometimes cable and a hook. The number of elements depends on how long the wall is, how many pictures you are hanging and how heavy they are. Lighter pictures need just a single wire while a heavier artwork requires 2 wires. You can hang more than one picture on a single wire as long as they do not exceed maximum weight allowed for the rail and wire you are using.

For all of Artiteq picture hanging systems we use the terms ‘RAIL’, ‘WIRE’, and ‘HOOK’. These describe the main features that make up each system.

The RAIL is simply a horizontal or vertical strip of aluminium that is fitted on a wall from which pictures can be hung. It can also be installed on a ceiling. And occasionally at an angle following a staircase, or on the top edge of a partition.

The WIRE is a piece of clear vinyl line or a steel cable that is attached to a rail. It can be easily adjusted from side to side.

The HOOK is attached to a wire at the height you want to hang your picture at. All hooks are easily adjustable up or down. Most of them are self-locking. Just let go and they stay in place. That way you can position your pictures the way you want very easily.

How many items do I need?

For your usual home and office needs we recommend using one wire and one hook per picture. So if you estimate the likely number of pictures you’ll be displaying at any one time, you can calculate how many items you will need. All wires and hooks are always readily available so you can always order a few more if you need to.

If you have more pictures to hang.

There is no minimum order or restrictions. If you have more pictures than you could ever hang at once, and they’re mostly of an average size, allow four wires per rail. You may want twice as many hooks than wires as you can hang pictures one above the other on the same wire.

How to hang a picture with hanging system

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An easy way to hang a picture without nails

Picture hanging systems offer you an easy way to put pictures on a wall without the need for making a hole for a screw or nail. This can be extremely useful when you are planning to frequently change the pictures on your wall in your home or office.

Modern picture rails are made of lightweight aluminium. Hooks has been specifically designed to be used with those rails are the most common method for hanging a picture on a rail. The hooks come in a variety of types, however, all generally do the same thing e.g. provide an attachment hook for a wire or cord to drop down for a frame to be attached to. The rail shapes can vary so each of them has a picture hook that works best with it in terms of size and shape.

Picture hanging using rails and hooks

The image shows how to hang a picture frame from a traditional style picture rail. A picture rail and a hook allow you to create a suspended hook from the picture rail where you can attach a cord, wire or cable too. The suspended cord, wire or cable then attaches to the rear of the picture frame. This can be done using hooks allowing the picture frame to be securely held. Attachment of the cord closer to the top of the frame will hold the frame flatter to the wall which is good if the pictures will be displayed at eye level.