Hanging Your Custom Frame: 3 Tips For Choosing The Right Hardware

Posted on: 1 February 2018

Proper support is critical when it comes to displaying your framed photographs and artwork. Since a frame can add to the overall weight of a piece, using the right hardware is essential. It can be challenging to determine what type of hardware will be best suited to meet your needs if you don't have a lot of experience working with framed artwork.

These three tips will help you select the hardware that will provide your framed piece with the support it needs to be displayed properly in your home.

1. Use the right screws.

Attaching your hanging hardware to the back of your custom frame is the first step in the proper hanging of your framed piece. It's important that you use the right type of screw to ensure maximum strength and durability.

Wood screws have fewer threads than metal screws, allowing them to lay flush against a wood frame so that your walls are not damaged. If your artwork or photograph is framed with a metal material,  then you should use metal screws to ensure your hanging hardware doesn't slip over time.

2. Opt for D-rings.

Ask your custom framer to affix D-rings to the back of your frame. D-rings can be used to slide over screws or nails independently, or you can string a length of wire between two D-rings and use the wire to suspend your framed piece on the wall.

The versatility of D-rings makes them a great option when it comes to frame-hanging hardware. Be sure that you select a D-ring product with a substantial metal base plate and enough holes to anchor the plate firmly to your frame for maximum strength when hanging your custom frame in your home.

3. Splurge on a quality wire.

There are many types of wire available for use with custom frames. Galvanized steel, copper, and plastic-coated steel wires are among the most popular. If you want to maximize durability without risking damage to your wall, then you should splurge on the pricier plastic-coated steel variety.

This wire has the strength to hold up your framed art or photograph, but the plastic coating will prevent raw metal from rubbing against the paint on your wall and causing significant damage over time.

Hanging hardware is an important, but often overlooked, element of custom picture framing that shouldn't be taken lightly. Investing in the right hardware will ensure that your custom frame hangs properly and securely well into the future.