The last thing that you want is for your brand new piece of fine art to come crashing down because it was not hung correctly. It can seem intimidating to hang art on wood panel–especially a heavy, large original painting. But, with the right tools and hanging hardware, you can do it in an afternoon. I will show you how to attach the hardware to the painting and how to attach the painting to the wall.
Supplies needed to hang art on wood panel:
- Metal French cleat set with screws (13” or longer. The exact size depends upon the size of your art.) I recommend the hangman brand “heavy duty mirror and picture hanger” or their “Z-hanger”.
- Phillips screwdriver
- Drill with a small drill bit
- Optional: a level (The one in the kit is too small and tends to pop out)
Step 1. Buy sturdy hanging hardware.
Your local hardware store may carry some sizes, but for very large panels, you may need to special order online. Here is the brand I suggest for my custom painting clients. Larger sizes of this can be found on Amazon. (The photo above shows a 30″ hanger I used on a six foot wide painting.
Step 2. Watch the hangman product video.
This helps to see the exact angle that each piece must go.
Step 3. Attach the cleat to the back of the painting.
First, you place the metal cleat on the wood. Then, drill small “starter holes” through the holes in the metal where you want the screws to go. Just one quick press of the trigger is enough to make this starter hole. You want the hole to be slightly smaller than the actual diameter of the screw shaft, so that the screw will have something to hold onto. Then, use a screwdriver to attach all of the shorter screws included in the set. (Save the longer screws for the wall.)
Step 4. Now, attach the other half of the cleat to the wall.
First, pick up the pencil with one hand and, with the other hand, hold the cleat about where you want the top of your picture to be. Make a mark in the center hole with the pencil. Put the pencil down and pick up the screwdriver and a screw. The next part is tricky. With your non-dominant hand, place the cleat against the wall, lining it up with the center pencil dot you drew and press it against the wall with just the palm of your hand. Now place a long screw into your thumb and forefinger while still pushing against the cleat. Next, with your dominant hand screw the screw into the wall *but, only ¾ of the way. The cleat should not fall off the wall, but should be able to move. Next, take your level and place it on top of the cleat. Move it until the cleat is level and make pencil marks on the outermost two holes of the cleat. Screw long screws into each of these holes. Finally, place your painting with cleat attached onto the cleat on the wall.
Do you have a large, wood panel painting propped on a shelf or stored away for safekeeping? Gather your supplies and hang art on wood panel on the wall this weekend.