Last Updated on June 8, 2022 by Johann Holsinger
Have some wood art to suspend?
Hanging wood art on a wall surface can be daunting at first because you could feel that you could make an easy mistake. Don’t be scared we are here to give you some help with mounting that piece of wood that you admire so much. Even our ancient Homo heidelbergensis ancestors worked out how to make a rock hammer and do this.
If you’re about to take a deep dive reading this, you probably already have at least one wood-paneled piece of artwork stacked in a corner somewhere gathering dust, so why not take the plunge and discover the best way to hang a piece of wood art so that your room decor looks even better!
Reasons why wood art is still a thing
- Gone are the days of student living, cramped studio apartments, and sharing communal spaces with roommates. Artwork can dramatically enhance your space without the need for costly redecorating.
- Displayed with care and attention to detail, wood-mounted artwork can revitalize a room. A single unique piece can often be better and less expensive to invest in compared to multiple un-unique pieces if you can’t afford to redecorate the whole room without a budget.
- Hanging other people’s artwork around can inspire you. Think about why you bought or made a piece of art in the first place.
- Everyone is unique and so is art! You can show who you are through your décor, and nowhere more so than through artwork.
- Wood-mounted artwork is often more environmentally friendly than plastic or metal frames.
What is your wood art’s weight?
You need to weigh each piece so that you know that your mounting hardware can accommodate it. What is your wall type?
It’s important to consider the type of wall you want to suspend your wood artwork on. Concrete, brick, lath, drywall, and plaster all have different densities and bear different loads.
Here’s a guide for drywall’s weight capacity.
You may want to consider using a strong adhesive substance to stick your artwork to tile walls if it’s lightweight.
Are there studs on your wall? With a reliable stud-finder, you can drill or hammer directly into a stud and hang your artwork from that.
Blending your wood art forms on walls and other furniture
Rustic farmhouse or minimalist Scandi? Industrial warehouse or French country? Wood-framed artwork is versatile enough to be used in almost all styles of interior design.
Do you have an eye-catching dark wood mantelpiece?
Why not complement and mantle or timber home feature with matching dark wood in your artwork. Those with a flair for the creative might think about a collage wall and mix-n-match different wood types, stains, and varnishes.
Selecting hardware to use
At some point, you’ve probably used those tiny picture pin nails that you can get from most hardware stores and found that your artwork was too heavy, or your nails slipped out of the wall.
This is quite common; how many of us actually consider the physics of hanging wood art?
The key is to get strong holding mounting hardware.
Light wall anchors and fixings
The best way to hang wood art is a result of strong fixings. Knowing your fixing capacity also goes for mounting your television.
1. Picture pin hooks
Picture pin hooks are quick and easy to use and are suitable for light to medium weight artwork.
Pin hocks should be nailed in at an angle to secure the hook to the wall.
2. Wall plugs for concrete
If you have brick walls or large heavy wood art, wall plugs can be the way to hang wood art securely on concrete.
These small plastic plugs sit directly in the drilled hole before a screw is placed
3. Spiral fixing plug or hollow wall anchor for drywalls
These are great for hanging wood art securely onto plasterboard or on hollow sections of your wall where this isn’t a stud.
Spiral fixing plugs fit into a drilled hole and are screwed into place. Hollow wall anchors expand behind the plasterboard when a screw is screwed in.
Hardware for the back of your wood art
D-rings are D-shaped metal rings that can be secured to the back of your artwork.
This method is suitable for small to medium weight objects.
2. Picture Wire
Picture wire is made of thin galvanized steel wire woven together to make a strong, yet pliable decorative design.
3. Picture Cord
Picture cord is strong like wire and that’s usually made from polyester or nylon to ensure that it won’t degrade over time.
Stronger hardware for wall fixings
Eyebolts and coach hooks
Eyebolts and coach hooks can be used for hanging wood art on the walls are metal fasteners that have a screw shaft and a loop at one end.
Smaller versions called screw eyes are commonly used for hanging lighter-weight pictures.
Screws on their own are not recommended for hanging wooden art as the artwork could easily slip off and cause damage to your expensive wood art, your picture frame or the wall.
All screws in concrete should be secured with a wall plug.
A better type of screw anchor is a coach hock that won’t let the wire slip off too easily as there is a hock on one end of the screw, rather than just a standard screw head.
Using D-rings at the back of wood art
What to prepare:
- Screwdriver or drill
- Awl or sharp nail
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Picture frame wire
- A pair of D rings (check that they are the correct size for the weight of your artwork)
- Small adhesive felt pads (optional)
How to attach D rings to the back of your wood art
- Measure two-thirds up from the bottom of the picture and make a hole with the awl. Do this on both sides.
- Attach the D rings where you have placed the holes with a screwdriver or drill.
- Attach the picture wire through one of the D rings and make a slip knot.
- Cut the picture wire 4 inches longer than the width of the frame. This will give you more wire to work with.
- Thread the loose end of the picture wire through the second D ring and make another slip knot. Leave some slack in the wire as this will help when hanging on the wall.
- Attach adhesive felt pads to the bottom corners of your artwork. This will protect the walls and ensure there’s good airflow behind the picture to reduce moisture build-up.
Attaching a string to the back of your wood art
What do you need?
- String or cord
How to attach a string to the back of your wood art
- Thread the end of the string through the left D ring. Tie 3 times with an overhand knot to make sure the knot is secure.
- Thread the remaining string through the right D ring and loop the string back through the left D ring. Pull the string taut.
- Tie the string using an overhand knot. Repeat this 4 or 5 times.
1. Attaching wood art onto a wall
You will need:
- A pencil
- Screwdriver or drill
- Spirit level
- Measuring tape and/or ruler
- Pipe & cable or stud finder
- Fasteners suitable for your wall type e.g., pin hooks, coach hooks, eye bolts, D-rings, etc
How to attach wood art to a wall?
- Decide where you are going to elevate your artwork. A good rule of thumb is where your eye line rests naturally two-thirds up from the bottom of the picture.
- Using a pencil, make a small line on the wall at the top of the picture.
- Measure the distance from the picture wire to the top of the frame. If you’re using a string or cord, make sure that you pull it taut before measuring.
- Step 4. Use a ruler to measure down from the pencil mark on the wall and secure your fastener.
2. Hanging wood art on a French cleat
Here’s how to hang wood art panels and frames creatively.
You will need:
- Mitre, jigsaw, or circular saw
- Piece of wood at least 5 inches wide and ¾ or ½ inch thickness depending on the size of the object you want to suspend.
How to hang wood art on a French cleat?
- Measure the center of your piece of plywood and mark your measurement with a pencil.
- Using the pencil mark, measure the central point on the edge of the wood.
- Adjust the saw position to 45 degrees. Clamp the wood in place and cut the length of the wood.
- Secure one piece to the wall and the other to the back of your artwork.
3. Hanging wood art with no drilling
If you need a non-damaging way to suspend wood art (if you live in rented accommodation for instance) then double-sided adhesives work well, especially if you don’t want to mess around with hammers and drills.
Double-sided tape can also be useful when hanging light wood artwork on tiled walls, like bathrooms.
Make sure you check the maximum weight limit for the adhesive.
4. Hanging wood art with pegboards
Pegboards are another great method for hanging small bits of wood art securely and allow you to move peices around.
- Place the pegboard where you want to hang your artwork.
- Mark the corners where the screw will go with a pencil, then drill the holes.
- Use a pegboard hanging kit to place spacers behind the pegboard and screw them into the wall.
- Attach fixtures designed for pegboards into the holes and stand your wood art on them. Easy!
5. Mounting wood art on a hanging shelf
This is one of the easiest ways to hang wood art pieces with no brackets.
Hanging shelves come in a huge variety of sizes, colors, and shapes to suit any room.
Simply sitting wood art on a shelf is a quick and easy non-damaging way to hang wood art as you don’t have to drill into the artwork either or drill hocks into the backing.
Some hanging shelves are designed specifically for hanging wood art with narrow grooves to hold the wood in place. Or, you can simply lean the picture against the wall.
6. Mounting art on an easel
Want the look of a modern artist’s studio without the mess? You can simply mount your art onto an easel and display it in a corner.
This is by far the easiest way to hang a wooden art piece with no brackets, nails, or tools while looking professional.
This method gets extra points for being versatile as you can swap out your artwork for something else when the mood takes you.
7. Using your creativity
Still not sure what is the best way for art to hang on the reclaimed wood walls? Get creative! If your home has trim and moldings, why not experiment by using S hooks and decorative strings to hang your artwork?
How about sticking Velcro strips to the wall, great for smaller, lightweight pictures.
Or, turn one whole wall into a high-density plywood-type corkboard and pin small pieces of wood art to your heart’s content.
I know how to hang wood art on walls! What’s next?
With so many different ways to hang your wood artwork, there’s no excuse to still have pieces gathering dust in the corner.
Whether you’ve got a DIYers dream toolkit, or just a screwdriver and a dream, you can finally hang those pieces and make your space your own.
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Hi, my name is Johann Holsinger, here at mountyourbox.com I share all of the tips and tricks I have professionally learned to help you set up your ultimate home entertainment system.