What Essential Items Are Needed To Hang A Painting?

You’ve just purchased exceptional art items because you’re fascinated by the stories behind the famous paintings. These pieces were displayed in a perfect setting by a gallery that went to extraordinary measures and expense to display them. You’ve taken the job home and are now on your own.

The notion of hanging new artwork can be overwhelming for many collectors. They are concerned that they will not know where to hang the painting in their home, that they will make a mistake in hanging the artwork, and that it will not look as well in their home as it did in the gallery, or that it will not blend in with their other artwork.

Here is the list of the essential items you will need to ensure your painting hanging project is as seamless as possible!

Where to Buy
Benchmark - 2 Piece Hammer Set
Amazon Basics Self-Locking Tape Measure
Amazon Basics Woodcased #2 Pencils, Pre-sharpened, HB Lead, Box of 30
Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner




A sturdy hammer is essential for more than just pounding nails in; it may also remove them. Choose two hammers: a small, lightweight one for delicate work and a heavy-duty one for jobs that demand greater power.

Tape Measure


A decent tape measure is also beneficial. Because it’s doubtful that you’ll be hanging artwork at great heights or measuring massive walls, a 12 or 15-foot tape should suffice. Spend a few additional dollars on a durable tape measure instead of a cheap one that will bend and jam.

Measuring precise lengths (distance from the floor, ceiling, or wall) for symmetry is critical. Remember the classic carpenter’s rule of thumb: measure twice, cut once.



For marking your wall, any pencil will do; a simple number 2 lead would suffice. If you make a mistake, you may easily remove it. Although you won’t need a sharp writing tool for this job, having a decent sharpener on hand is always a good idea.

Stud Finder


In most construction, studs are spaced at 18-inch intervals, but you’ll need to double-check because tapping on a wall in the hopes of finding a stud can lead to mistakes.

Before putting in a nail or screw, use a stud finder to mark the outside edges of each stud. If at all possible, avoid hanging anything on drywall.

Use a drywall hanger and follow the recommendations for drilling pilot holes and pounding in drywall anchors if you must hang a painting on drywall.

Painting Hook

Most hardware and home improvement stores have painting hooks. If you’re hanging paintings, a panting hook is your best bet for ensuring a properly-hung canvas. Look for nails that are exceedingly tough yet very small, almost pin-like in gauge. They make tiny holes in your walls. Use painting hooks that will not bend easily and can be reused if the artwork needs to be moved.

Nail Hole and Corner Filler

Finally, there’s a good chance you’ll ding up the frame when hanging a piece of art (hopefully only minor dings). Rustic frames can withstand a beating. Still, ornate frames are incredibly susceptible to scuffs and scratches. Although every effort should be taken to avoid harming the structure, it’s a good idea to have a solution to cover nicks and scratches if they do occur. 

Look for nail hole and corner filler, which is designed to be applied to a wood frame to hide any flaws and is available in a range of colors and finishes. Although the color will not be an exact match, it will be close enough to conceal the flaw.

Drywall Anchors


Some artwork, particularly contemporary pieces, may not suit traditional framing or installation using wire and hooks. In some circumstances, or if the piece weighs more than 120 pounds, a heavy-duty drywall anchor may be required to mount it. There are several types to choose from. Choose the expanding metal screws hammered into the wall and then screwed to create a flange behind the drywall.

There are also plastic drywall anchors and metal drywall screw mounts. Follow any instructions carefully, and seek guidance from your hardware store on which mounting is best for your application and how to install it.

Step-stool or Ladder


To hang anything higher than eye level, you’ll need a sturdy step stool or ladder. Under no circumstances should you use a chair, as they are not as stable as ladders and step-stools and do not distribute weight equally. You’re far more likely to be involved in an accident if you utilize a chair instead of a ladder or step-stool.



If you want to make sure your photographs are hung evenly, use a bubble level rather than your eyes. Rather than a shorter one, use a longer (12-inch or longer) bubble level with a magnetic edge and numerous angled level indicators. The additional length enhances precision.


It’s a lot of joy to hang artwork. There’s no reason you can’t become an expert art hanger and curator of your collection if you have these essential items.

If you have any problems hanging your artwork, don’t hesitate to call a professional art installer or a gallery. 

Good luck with your art exhibition!