How to Install Bulldog Phantom Hook Picture Hangers

Pictures personalize your home and make it feel warm and welcoming, and hanging pictures is something you can do on your own.

Hang pictures on your walls to make your home feel more warm and inviting.Hang pictures on your walls to make your home feel more warm and inviting.
If you are hanging a framed piece of art, you'll want a picture hanger that has a small hook that will hold the wire attached to the back of the picture. The hook directs the nail into the wall at an angle so that it will hold the weight of the picture and frame. Unless you are hanging something unusually heavy (say a piece of metal art), you won't need to locate a stud. Picture hangers come at different weight ratings so that you can hang lighter or heavier pictures. Many hangers can hold up to 50 pounds.

Measure up from the floor to the height desired for the picture using a tape measure, and mark the desired height with a pencil.

Select a hook based on the weight of the picture or artwork that you desire to hang. Picture hangers come with a weight rating that is indicated on the package. You can weigh your picture or artwork on a postage or home scale to roughly determine the weight. A picture framing or art shop can also give you an accurate weight for your framed piece.

Center the nail hole in the hook over the pencil mark on the wall. Hold the hook in position on the wall. If the hook has a heavy weight rating, it may have more than one hole. If this is the case, make sure the center hole of the hook is on the pencil mark.

Hammer the included nail(s) through the hole(s) in the hook and into the wall so that it is fastened snugly to the wall.

Hang the wire or loop on the back of the framed picture or artwork over the hook on the wall and lower it down on the hanger so that it rests on the hook. Place a level across the top of the frame. Adjust the frame horizontally on the hook so that it is level, and remove the level.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Picture hanger: hook, with nail(s) included
  • Hammer
  • Level

Tip

  • Hang all of your pictures at the same height in a room for a uniform appearance.

Warning

  • Wear eye protection when hammering nails.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.