Friday, August 12, 2016

Attach a Hanging Wire in 6 Steps

Hanging your artwork is the final act of framing. Your framed art can complete your room or help you build your aesthetic around it. Learn how to add a hanging wire to your frame to put the finishing touch on your beautiful piece!

It may sound tricky, but adding hanging wire to your metal frame is a piece of cake! We’ll take you through the process step by step to prove it. Start by gathering your materials!

You will need

  • 1 metal frame
  • Metal frame hanger hardware
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Wire snips
  • Ruler (optional)

Six steps to hanging success

1. Use your screwdriver to make sure the screw is backed all the way out of the hanging hardware. If it isn't, the hardware won't go into the channel easily. Angle the hanger down and insert the metal frame hanger hardware into the channel on the back of the metal frame. Snap the hardware down into place. There should be one hanger on each side of the frame, giving you the option to display your work horizontally or vertically.

2. Once they are in their respective channels, slide the frame hanging hardware pieces up and down until they are even. They should be about one-fourth of the way down from the top.

3. When the hangers are even, use a flathead screwdriver to tighten the hardware into place on both sides.

4. String the wire through the hardware on the left side, twist it around itself to keep it in place, then string it across the frame and through the hardware on the right.

5. Pull up on the wire — toward the top of the frame — to make sure it won’t stick up above the frame.

6. Use wire snips to cut the wire to  your desired length, being sure to leave enough extra to twist it onto itself again on the other side. Twist the wire around itself, keeping in mind that you can untwist and re-twist until you've got the length just right.

Now you can hang your frame!

Whether your frame is metal or wood, attaching a hanging wire is a simple way to add versatility to your artwork.

Have you attached your own hanging wire? We want to see it! Share a photo of your success and tag us using #framinghappiness!

MikeSo, who’s Mike? He is the man behind the mission of getting your picture frames produced and out the door quickly, correctly, and with custom frame-shop quality. Once your order is placed, it is in the hands of Mike and the many people he has trained over his 35-plus years with the company. A natural teacher, Mike loves to tinker and experiment. Of course he has a nice office, but we rarely find him there! Working in the plant to improve our processes is his passion. Outside of American Frame, Mike is an outdoorsman, avid fisherman, devoted family man, and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Follow him on Twitter @AskMike400.


  1. Thank you for the visuals. That makes it very clear.

  2. Very informative!

  3. My son is an art major in college, and he recently painted my a beautiful picture. I would love to have it framed, so I could hang it up in my home. It's good to know that it's pretty easy to attach a metal wire, and make it easy to put up on the wall.

  4. Great tip, makes it very clear how to attach the hardware to the frame.

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