How to hang a painting on a wall

Are you planning to hang a painting?

Here are some basic tips to make sure your composition looks just as you imagined it.

It may seem an easy task, but like everything else, even the simplest thing hides some tricks. So, whether you drill your wall or not, here are the best tips to smoothly hang your pictures without damaging your walls.

A practical step-by-step guide, perfect if you have a framed world map or custom framed photos, but it can also be used for any type of canvas or painting - read on to find out!

What type of wall do you have? The essential difference between a wall and a partition.

· Wall: It has a structural function, supporting beams, slabs, or plates. It is also called the bearing wall, generally made of concrete.

· Partition wall:: its function is to separate spaces; it is used for division and is usually made of plasterboard.

You can distinguish the two by tapping on them and seeing if they are hollow or solid. In the case of a partition wall, pay attention to the weight of the frames, as they should not exceed 4.5 kg. You will also need special dowels for plasterboard, which we will explain later.

What covers the wall or partition is called the covering or frieze, and it is also essential to know this when you hang an ornament or painting on your wall.

The most common wall coverings or friezes are:

Plaster:

Although less common nowadays, many walls still have this decorative technique. As it is not a smooth surface, it is not advisable to use double-sided or Velcro tape.
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Wallpaper:

There is a wide variety of wallpaper available today. It can easily tear if the holes are not correctly drilled, or adhesive tapes are used.
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Tiles:

often seen in bathrooms or kitchens. If you wish to drill a hole in it, you'll need a specific bit and dowel.
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· Brick: often used in industrial or rustic decor, it also requires a special drill and nails if you want to bore it.

· Wooden panels an excellent thermal insulator that gives a warm and comfortable look.

Important: Before drilling a hole, ensure that no electrical cables or pipes are behind it. Here is a stud-finder that will be very useful.

Depending on this, choose the system you are going to use. Here are the different ways to do it and the most suitable for each.

How to hang a picture with a drill

(and make a hole in the wall)

Dressing up your place with elements that you like and make you feel identified gives it personality and a sense of coziness. Family portraits, holiday snaps, illustrations, film posters, works of art…

The safest and most resistant option to changes in temperature, wind blowing, and eventual damage is to make a hole in the wall. Then, when you get tired of a photo or a print, all you have to do is take it off and change it for another poster or canvas.

We will explain step by step how to hang a picture on the wall with a drill, but first, you should familiarize yourself with the materials we will use::

Hooks:

Pieces generally attached on the back of the paintings, allowing you to hang them on the wall. If the frame does not have them, you will have to add them, ensuring that both are at the same distance from the edge with a meter.

Dowels:

Plastic pieces used to secure the screw to the wall or piece of furniture. They are inserted once drilled, and their thickness should be proportional to the size of the bit you used.

*If you have laminated plaster (plasterboard), you will needspecial dowels.

L-hooks:

These are L-shaped pieces of metal that are screwed to the plug once inserted into the wall. They act as a support to hold the painting or any other object you wish to decor with.
Now that you know what each piece is and its use, let's prepare the workspace.

The tools you will need to make holes are the following:

· (1) A hammer to fix the dowels into the wall

· (2) A pencil to mark where to make the hole on the wall

· (3) A bit appropriate for the type of wall and the size of the hole. *The bit is the part that goes into the drill and, by turning, makes the holes in the wall

· (4) A drill

· (5) A measuring tape to calculate the distance between the holes and the paintings

2- Choose the location and set the height

If you want to place the frame on an empty wall, we recommend placing it at approximately eye level for an average person, or about 150 cm - 170 cm. If there is furniture underneath, like a sofa or a bed, leave a 15-30 cm distance between the two elements.here are some basic rules to keep in mind.

We recommend using this method for hanging…

-Maps with frame (tacos del número 6 y las
nails included in the product).

-Wooden maps (tacos del número 6 y las
nails included in the product).

-Mapa Canva (tacos del número 6 y las
nails included in the product).

-Marcos o cuadros que pesan más de 2,5kg.

Tipos de pared y revestimiento adecuados:

-Cualquier pared lisa. Para pared de yeso se recomienda que pese menos de 2,5kg y se necesita un clavo especial para pladur.

- Wallpaper

- Popcorn wall

- Brick wall (requires specific drill bit and nail)

-Pared de azulejo (se necesita una broca y un clavo especial)

Paintings or objects weighing less than 2.5 kg:

Usa clavos de unos 2 cm de largo e introduce ¾ en la pared. Coloca un trozo de cinta adhesiva antes de perforar para evitar grietas. Retíralo al finalizar.

Paintings or objects weighing more than 2.5 kg:

Utiliza clavos más largos, de unos 3 cm e introducelos hasta el revoque grueso o estructura de ladrillo.

Recomendamos usar este método para colgar…

-LED map (clavos incluidos con el producto)

-Cork map without frame (clavos incluidos en el producto)

-Cork map with frame 60 x 45 cm

-Cuadros u objetos de poco peso, menos de 2,5kg.

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