Setting Up Home: A Quick Tip for Hanging Frames

Grouping framed art on a wall can be an exercise in patience that often results in the frames still hanging unevenly. (And then much cursing ensues.) The frames with wire across the back, like those pesky but oh-so-handy Ikea Ribba frames can be especially troublesome. Here's a tip to help hang them evenly — and it only requires a paint stir stick and a screw:

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Kelly, over at View Along the Way, has this brilliant tip for grouping framed art evenly on a wall. She uses a paint stir stick with a screw placed in it as a guide. Simply loop the wire on the back of the frame to the screw/stir stick, and then hold your frame up to the wall. When your frame is at the correct height placement, hold the stick in place, remove the frame, and give the screw a push into the wall with your thumb. Now you've marked exactly where you need to place the nail or screw for hanging the frame!

Now, Kelly can't take full credit for this brilliance. There's an actual tool that you can order, the appropriately named Hang & Level. What I like about Kelly's makeshift tool, of course, is that it's free!

Take a look at Kelly's full post to read about it this handy tip — View Along the Way: How to Get Ikea Ribba Frames to Behave.

Images: View Along the Way

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