What are Picture Hangers?

Troy Holmes
Troy Holmes
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Picture hangers are special fasteners designed specifically to hold picture frames to walls. These hangers come in many sizes, which are typically based on the weight of the picture frame. A picture hanger is great for drywall because it can securely hold a nail or screw into the wall surface without tearing the drywall material.

Picture hangers are convenient because they hold pictures without requiring any screws to be drilled into the wood studs of the internal wall framing. There are many types of hangers available. Each type is designed for a specific weight and wall surface material.

Large picture frames or wall-mounted fixtures require heavy-duty picture hangers to accommodate their weight and size. These hangers can support as much as 200 pounds (90.7 kg) of hanging weight. The hangers typically include special adapters and screws that tightly secure the metal hanger frame to a wall surface. This frame is used as the brace to support the suspended picture.

There are a few types of picture hangers designed for lightweight applications. These include both picture hanger strips and double-sided tape. These hangers work well for lightweight poster boards or small pictures. This tape is easily attached to the back of the picture frame where it can be mounted to the wall surface.

Picture hangers are also great for installing large wall mirrors. These hangers include special hook devices that can securely hold the mirror into place. The hook is installed with either a screw or nail, which is drilled into the drywall. The shape of the hanger uses a leveraged triangle design, which makes it stronger then a standard nail.

Most picture hangers are available in universal kits with multiple shapes and sizes. This is a good option for a new homeowner because the kit includes multiple sizes. These kits are relatively inexpensive and small enough to store in a utility cabinet.

Brick and concrete walls require specially designed picture hangers. These hangers include heavy duty nails that can penetrate hard wall surfaces. Using this type of hanger is required for brick walls because normal hangers will chip and break the wall material.

Many business offices are divided into cubicles that have walls made from soft cloth material. These walls require special picture hangers that ensure the wall material doesn’t tear or rip with the weight of the picture frame. A cubical clip hanger is typically the best hanger for this type of application. It includes a plastic clip that attaches the picture frame to the wall surface.

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