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How To Hang Metal Wall Decor

10/30/2015 John Evans 0 Comments

Metal wall decor is a great way to give any room in your house a rustic, edgy feel. However, due to sheer weight and size the prospect of hanging it in said room can be somewhat daunting. Here is a step by step guide to ensure that you are able to mount your new piece without inflicting damaging to yourself or any part of the room around you.

Step One: Choose Your Security System

Since metal wall decor is often extremely heavy, it is of the utmost importance that it be attached securely to the wall to prevent catastrophic events from taking place later. If you can locate your wall studs, don’t be afraid to screw right into them. However, if this is not the case different types of wall fasteners is also an option. Fasteners should be picked based on weight capacity as well as the type and current condition of the wall you are working on. Here are some ideal fasteners to keep in mind:

Threaded drywall anchors

Threaded drywall anchors are available in nylon or metal and are easy to identify as they look like large screws. As should come as no surprise, they are for drywall use only and are never to be used for objects heavier than 25 lbs.

Plastic expansion anchors

Plastic expansion anchors are available in multiple sizes, the larger ones being stronger. Their ribbed sides are designed to expand and grab onto the wall when a screw is inserted. They are best for time

Molly bolts

Molly bolts are incredibly resourceful anchors. Their metal “arms” expand and hold it stationary against the wall while the screw part of the bolt is being tightened. They are available in many different sizes and the largest ones can take on objects up to 50 lbs. The only downside is that their permanent, so if you ever wanted to take them out you would have to patch your wall.

Toggle bolts

Toggle bolts are basically long screws that include expandable "wings" at one end. They are the go to fastener for your heaviest items as the can hold up to 300 lbs, dependent on if the wall itself is strong enough of course.

Step Two: Choose a Spot

Whether it’s in a cozy spit in your front hallway or majestically above your fireplace, pick the ideal location where the piece can be seen and its intended statement is in full effect. If you are opting to use fasteners, once this is done you need to make three points: one in the centre of the piece, one to the left and one to the right. The distance from the centre to each point should be slightly less than half the width of the piece. Use a level to make sure all three points are in a straight line. If you are using a stud, simply hold the specific piece up on your wall and mark where you are wanting the stud to hang from.

Step Three: Install the Hanger

Check the back frame to ensure there are stable screw eyes on each side. If there are not, add them. Attach a wire directly from one screw eye to the other, wrapping the ends of the wire around itself.

Step Four: Secure It

As was mentioned, if you were able to locate a stud then beginning screwing into it through your drywall with a woodscrew. Since drywall is usually ½ to typically 5/8 inches thick, it is imperative that the screw be long enough to penetrate the drywall, as well as being able to reach the stud. Using a drill or screwdriver that has a screwdriver bit will secure the screw onto the stud.

If you are using fasteners, starting installing them at your previously marked points. Make sure to closely following the instructions of the manufacturer when it comes to safely securing the bolts and anchors. Once you’re sure the fastener is properly installed, it is time to add your screw. Make sure that the screw is tight with just enough sticking out to hang the picture wire on.

Things to Keep in Mind

             If you are working with brick or masonry walls, you will need brock or masonry hangers. Upon locating and making your marks on the wall, you will need to attach the hanger on the wall in relation to the specific one you purchased. This can usually be accomplished using a hammer-in anchor, sleeve anchors, or lead screw anchor. Certain brick or cement walls are hollow, and so require a pilot hole, as well as a toggle-boat style anchor which will open up within the brick.

             Stud finders typically don’t work on a plaster wall because it already contains so much metal from the wire supporting the plaster over your lathing. To try and locate a stud, first measure from a single corner of the room and approximately 16 inches across the wall. Then, put the stiff end of a cut wire coat hanger in the wall. If the coat hanger strikes the lathe, it will bounce back. It will not if it starts to hit a stud. This may need to be repeated several times

Step Four: Hang it up

Hang up your bold piece of metal wall decor. Check once more to make sure the screws are in place and/or the fasteners aren’t bending under the weight of the fasteners. If all is secure, enjoy.