D-Ring - Installation Instructions
D-Rings for hanging art is the easiest method we offer. It’s a great choice to ensure your art will be level and stay level (provided of course – you use a level to hang the art). It’s a good choice for art that will not be hung in ”high touch” areas. If you have any concern about the art being accidentally knocked off the wall (or not so accidentally in areas where young children might be able to touch the art) – then you may want to consider ordering your art with Security Hangers.
- Determine your art location and mark the center of the wall where the art will hang. We also recommend you mark where the top of the picture will hang on the wall (Tip: a piece of painters tape is a great way to mark this – then you don’t have to erase or cover a pencil mark).
- On the back of the picture – determine the total width between the D-Ring Hangers on each side of the picture.
- Determine how far down (depth) - from the top of the picture – the top of the D-Ring is located.
- At the center point of the art – draw a horizontal & vertical line (+) line on the wall – using the measurement of the depth of the top of the D-Ring and the Center Point of the wall. Example: if the top of the D-ring is 6” down from the top of the picture, your (+) will be placed 6 inches from the top – across the center line of the art. (Place your level vertically on the wall to confirm the center line is as recommended.)
- On the wall space where the picture will hang – you can now place marks to indicate exactly where the hangers need to be placed (left and right). For Example: If you picture is 30” wide, the D-Rings are 29.5” apart (to center) – and the top of the D-Ring is 6” from the top of the art – then marks on the wall will be placed 14.75” on both the left and right of the center mark - and 6” from the mark (or tape) on the wall – which indicates the top of the art.
- Place a level across the space to ensure your marks are properly leveled – adjust as needed.
- Using a strong nail – hammer into the wall at a slight angle – with the head pointing up. You can also use a screw and anchor or a standard picture hanger/hook. If using a picture hanger – be sure to adjust placement based on the depth of the hook.
- Place a level across the wall – on top of the wall hanger to ensure they are level. Adjust as needed – then loop the D-Ring on the back of the picture over the left and right wall hanger.
- Stand back and admire your new art … pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Security Hangers – Installation Instructions
- Determine the art location on the wall and mark the Top of the Art (for top placements) and the center location where the art will hang. Mark Center with a vertical line. Note that holes for the brackets will need to be about ½” from the top of the picture (but measure to confirm).
- Measure the distance from the center of each TOP Bracket on the back of the art to determine where holes for the brackets will need to be drilled for the wall bracket. So, if the distance between the center of the picture bracket is 21.5” (for example) – then you will mark the wall bracket (vertical pencil mark is recommended) at 10 3/4” both to the left and to the right of your center mark. Then measure the distance between the left and right marks to be sure the distance matches the distance between the center of each Top Picture Bracket (in this example: 21.5”).
- Place a level across the space and then make a horizontal pencil mark across the Vertical mark where the wall brackets will be installed. That + mark is where you will drill your holes.
- Drill a 1/4" diameter hole in the wall at each + mark. You will then hammer one of the Red Anchors into each hole until they are just flush with the wall surface. (A 1/4" dia. hole is usually sufficient for drywall for harder surfaces or if the plastic anchors start to deform when hammering, drill again using a 5/16" drill bit). It is very important that these two holes be as level on the wall as possible.
- Attach the two wall brackets in these holes so that the flanged ends of the brackets face up and away from the wall, using the 1" wall bracket screws and (red) plastic wall bracket anchors provided. Do not over tighten the screws.
- Hang the frame on the wall brackets so that the flanged ends of the brackets are seated snugly inside the back channel of the frame's top rail.
- Check for level. If the frame is not quite level, small adjustments are possible by removing the frame from the wall, loosening the wall bracket screws slightly, shifting the brackets up or down as needed in their slots, retightening the screws and replacing the frame on the brackets.
- The final step is to install the T-Screw into the wall at the bottom of the picture to lock it to the wall. One option is to place a pencil-mark on the wall at the center point of the frame's bottom rail where the rail's back edge touches the wall and a light mark indicating the bottom of the picture on the wall You can then remove the picture from the wall and measure the location of the center of the bottom bracket and mark the wall where the anchor will be place. For Example – if the center is ½” from the bottom – mark the wall with a horizontal mark – over the vertical mark that indicated the center of the picture. Our Favorite Option is to pull the bottom of the picture away from the wall slightly – then push it firmly against the wall at the bottom to allow for the 2 small protrusions on the picture bracket to mark the wall. Some installers will use a felt marker to “highlight” the 2 small protrusions then push against the wall to make 2 ink marks.
- Drill a 5/16" dia. hole at the pencil mark made in Step 8 (or between the ink marks made on the wall) and gently hammer the (blue) plastic anchor provided into the drilled hole until it is flush with the wall
- Thread the T-Head screw provided into the plastic anchor until about 3/8" extends out from the wall surface. Start the T-Head screw first by hand and complete using a Security Wrench (provided). Align the head to a final horizontal position.
- Again place the frame over the top wall brackets. The bottom T-Head screw should now be in position within the back channel of the frame's bottom rail. Adjust as needed until the T-Screw is seated inside the channel.
- From the right hand side, slide the Security Wrench up underneath the bottom edge of the frame and, without lifting the frame away from the wall, engage and rotate the T-Head screw clockwise one-quarter turn to a vertical position. The frame is now locked to the wall.
Chrome Stand-offs - Installation Instructions
- Place your art piece firmly against the wall at the installation location (4 hands are better than 2 for this part of the job). Level the art at the installation location and mark the center of the holes in each of the 4 locations. Tip: if you use a pencil to draw complete circles in these locations – the hardware may not cover the “circle” mark – so either mark lightly or put an X in the center of each space.
- Use a level to make sure marks you made are level so the art will be perfectly straight. Remember that old adage “measure twice – drill once.” (This double check will save time and heartache in the event you were slightly off on your measurements)
- Drill pilot holes where marked - using a drill bit that's slightly smaller than the width of the supplied wall anchor (or wall screw if no anchor is required). This is generally a ¼” Drill bit for an anchor, but confirm visually.
- Take your standoff and unscrew the cap from the barrel.
- Screw the wall screw through the bottom of the barrel and into the pilot hole/wall anchor. Do this for all 4 standoffs. Be sure they are tight!
- Your hardware set comes with 2 clear rubber washers per barrel. Place one washer on the back of the chrome cap - then slip the cap through one hole in the art. Place the 2nd rubber washer behind the art. Line up your art with one of the 4 barrels on the wall - so that the first hole in your art is right over the selected barrel. Screw the cap through the art and into the selected barrel – but don’t tighten all the way.
- Repeat step 5 & 6 for the remaining 3 barrels – then tighten all 4 caps. This will secure the art in place.
See Diagrams above for further guidance