How to Hang Frames with a Sawtooth Hanger
Here's how to use sawtooth hangers: First, identify at what height you want to hang your frame. Then, mark your wall with a pencil about a half inch (or the distance from the middle of the sawtooth hanger to the top of the frame) below the center. Hammer in your nail on your pencil mark, then place the sawtooth hanger on the back of the frame below the center. Hammer in your nail on your pencil mark, then place the sawtooth hanger on top of the nail. See our step by step guide below.
Many frames (including many of ours) come with a sawtooth hanger. It is an easy way to hang art that is not too heavy. While they may seem confusing, these easy steps below will help you conquer sawtooth picture hangers.
Step 1: Pick your spot.
Identify the spot on your wall where you want to hang your frame. Hint, use a level or a buddy who is able to take a look from a distance to ensure your frame is in the center (or the desired spot) of your wall space.
Step 2: Mark the wall at the top-center of the frame with a pencil.
This will allow you to make your next mark below it (step 4), where the nail will actually go.
Step 3: Measure.
Measure the distance from the middle of the sawtooth hanger to the top of the frame. A finger works for an estimate, but a tape measure or ruler is usually best.
Step 4: Mark your wall.
Measure the distance you identified in step 3 from the sawtooth hanger to the top of the frame—then make a mark that much (usually half an inch) below your original mark (which was the top of the frame). This is where your nail goes.
Step 5: Hammer!
Hammer in your nail, and place the sawtooth hook over it. Straighten with gentle nudges as needed. Levels are your friend. But once it's straight, you're done!
Any questions? We're here to help. Hanging a whole gallery wall? Check out our guide here.
Otherwise, let's get going!