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How to Hang a Heavy Picture on Drywall

It’s not terribly difficult to hang a heavy picture on drywall, but you want to make sure to do it well. Otherwise, you’ll be shopping for a new frame! Since drywall alone is not very strong (and don’t get us started about the issues with Chinese drywall), heavy items need special attention. You want to make sure pictures stay where you hang them.


Use a Stud Finder to Locate an Anchor Point

Small diameter smooth nails often bend or otherwise work their way to a horizontal or downward position in drywall. This allows a heavy item or picture to slide off or pull the nail out of the wall. That’s no fun.

How to Use a Stud Finder center find

The best way to safely hang a heavy picture on drywall is to use a stud finder. Of course, when possible, use a fastener that goes through the drywall into the wood or steel stud.

If you can’t find a stud or the stud is not in a location where you want your picture to hang, you can try our favorite method which is to use a drywall anchor. These come in various packages and sizes. We really like plastic screw-in drywall anchors along with properly-sized screws. Follow the directions on the packaging for proper installation. They are available in various sizes depending on the amount of weight you are trying to support. We’ve found these to be extremely simple to use. They also provide up to 75 pounds of support depending upon which model you choose.


Remember, if you’re going to hang a heavy picture on drywall or any other article for that matter, make sure you understand the weight of the item and the limitation of the anchor or fastener you’re using to secure it to the wall.

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