How many of you use the ‘multiple nail hole’ method for hanging prints? You put in a nail, hang the print, if not quite right, you move the nail! And how many times do you move the nail? And this is after carefully measuring everything and thinking you are pretty close! If this is your own home, have at it, but at a client’s home, preserving the walls and getting it right the first time should be a priority. After much thought I came up with this method that WORKS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
I start with this poster size, super sticky, gridded paper from Post-It. I get it as Office Max.
On one of my own walls, I hang the client’s print. I mark the corners with painters tape.
With the print still on the wall, I cover it with the poster sized post-it paper (sometimes you need to overlap paper for wider prints). The top and sides should align with the edges of the paper. Crease the bottom to mark the bottom edge. Remove and cut the pattern at the bottom. If you need to use more than one sheet of paper, tape the sheets together with shipping tape.
Remove the print from the wall and place the pattern on the wall, making sure to align with the corners marked with painter’s tape. Note the name of the print, the orientation and MOST IMPORTANT, mark where your nail is located. Repeat this with every print. Even if they are the same size, there is no guarantee that the wire length or locations will be the same.
Now at the client’s home, place your patterns! I do a lot of measuring and I use a level if two or more prints are next to each other. When all looks great, I use a nail punch to mark the hole locations.
Then remove the patterns and nail in your hanging hardware.
And hang your prints! Everything should align perfectly the first time up!
I hope this method helps you as much as it helps me! (Rupert and Bentley are happy to help all of you too!)