helpful hints

Hints for Hanging a Picture

  1. Always hang pictures at eye level. Between 60" & 62" to the center of the picture is recommended, as it is easier to look down at a picture than to look up at one.
  2. You can hang wide frames using two hooks spaced about a third of the way in from each side. Use a level to make sure that the two hooks are correctly aligned.
  3. Stick a small felt pad or rubber bumper on each bottom corner of the picture. This helps protect your wall and the frame, and also stabilizes the picture.
  4. You may want to use a level on the top of the frame as a guide, or look at where the wall meets the ceiling and bring the top frame parallel to it. Be sure the sides hang straight up and down, too. Some ceilings may be crooked.
  5. If hanging a picture over a sofa, don't leave a lot of wall space between sofa and picture. Try for three to six inches. If you go any higher, the viewer's eye will just go to the wall, not the picture.
  6. Leave more wall space between unframed art, as the space will create a natural frame.
  7. Avoid hanging one small picture on a huge expanse of wall - art looks better when it seems to extend the lines of furniture, windows or doorways or when several small pieces are grouped together.
  8. Don't overload a small wall with a large picture


Suggestions on How to Group Pictures

  1. If you're hanging multiple pictures together on one wall, pick the one you like the best to go in the center, that is where the eye is drawn.
  2. Consider using a larger picture in the center. Then place two smaller pictures on either side of the large picture, spaced vertically to about equal the length of the larger frame. Or, in place of the larger picture, use a large mirror.
  3. Separate two same-sized pieces with a smaller one.
  4. Consider grouping small same-size pictures together, to give the illusion of a larger picture.
  5. Alternate between bright and dark and large and small works as you move outward.
  6. Measure the distance on either side of the frame toward the edge of the adjoining art work or piece of furniture. The spaces should be even on each side. (Remember to respect an object's space. Leave extra room between your picture and the large plant in the corner, the lighting fixture, or that big, dark, heavy bookcase.)

Pilot Hole Size

Wood Screw Pilot Hole Sizes
Screw Size Body Dia. Shank Pilot Hole* Pilot Hole in Softwood Pilot Hole in Hardwood
0 0.060 1/16 1/64 1/32
1 0.073 5/64 1/32 1/32
2 0.086 3/32 1/32 3/64
3 0.099 7/64 3/64 1/16
4 0.112 7/64 3/64 1/16
5 0.125 1/8 1/16 5/64
6 0.138 9/64 1/16 5/64
7 0.151 5/32 1/16 3/32
8 0.164 11/64 5/64 3/32
9 0.177 3/16 5/64 7/64
10 0.190 3/16 3/32 7/64
11 0.203 13/64 3/32 1/8
12 0.216 7/32 7/64 1/8
14 0.242 1/4 7/64 1/8
16 0.268 17/64 9/64 5/32
18 0.294 19/64 9/64 3/16
20 0.320 21/64 11/64 13/64
24 0.372 3/8 3/16 7/32