If you have ever tried to hang a group of frames so that they’re all level and straight, you know what a challenge it can be. Even if you’re using a group of identical frames, there’s a good chance that the hardware on the back of each frame is positioned slightly differently on each frame. That means you can’t just make sure the nails are level in the wall. You have to compensate for the fact that the hangers are in different places on each frame.
Underneath all of my pretty picture displays lies a wall that looks like swiss cheese.
For me, hanging a group of frames always becomes an exercise in higher math. Calculate how far apart the frames should be…how far from the ceiling or floor…compensate for the fact that the hardware is off by 1/8″ on the last frame…divide by pi. It’s maddening.
When I brought home my IKEA Ribba Frames for the family room, I realized that, like all IKEA products, there was LOTS of assembly required. In this case, you have to attach the hanging hardware yourself. And it’s of the wire-across-the-back variety. That means death to getting those all those frames level in my book.
And in all my searching, I came across a recommendation for a something called the Hang & Level. After a little reading, I decided I couldn’t live for another day without one in my hot little hands. So I raced to my Target to see if they carried it. They did. SCORE!
I’m telling you. This nifty little tool has changed my picture hanging life. For real. It makes hanging groups of pictures so much easier. The short explanation is that it lets you easily mark where your nail holes should go for each picture without turning your walls into swiss cheese.
I took a bunch of pictures as I was using it and starting writing lots of words about how it works. Then I found this video on YouTube that explains it much better than I could.
I bought my Hang & Level at Target. The Hang & Level website says that you can also find them at Home Depot, but no promises. I also found them on Amazon with free shipping
Disclosure: I have NOT been compensated in any way for this post. I paid for this little gadget with my own hard-earned $14.99 and it was worth every penny.