16 Jan2015


Question: “Marketman, how do you hang your frames?” Answer: “Ask Chief of Stuff to to take care of it.” Hahahaha. I kid you not. There are some wonderful advantages to living on this side of the pond. But seriously, here are some tips that you might find useful. First, use a measuring tape to determine where the halfway point is on the wall you wish to hang your frame. That assumes you want it centered. But you get my drift… MEASURE ACCURATELY. And position the frame exactly where you want it and mark the wall with a pencil.


Next, drill a hole with an electric drill if you have access to one. Better than one hole, two holes equidistant from the center point is even better. Why? If you have two nails/screws, and hang your frame on that, it will be off center less and will stay put. You will really have to hit it to put it askew.


Many folks can’t be bothered with this second screw, but then they go through life straightening their frames, particularly if they are anal retentive about this.


Hole in wall, insert a “tok” or hard plastic sheath, then the screw. If like us, we have a rental home, we sometimes opt to just put one screw to prevent too many holes in our walls. Our best tip for you is to have a vacuum cleaner turned on and the main nozzle just below the electric drill, this way, all the dust gets immediately sucked up into the vacuum cleaner and you don’t have a mess in your room. Smart tip, that one.


Finally, if you don’t trust your judgment, then pull out your iPhone which has a leveling tool to tell you if the frame, or any surface for that matter, is lying flat. Use a leveler instead if you don’t have the app. We have had these frames of a classic two piece Murillo map of the archipelago for years, but only recently decided to give it a new home in our guest room.



  1. artisan chocolatier says:

    Question: “Marketman, how do I get an identical copy of your Chief of Stuff?” LOL

    Jan 16, 2015 | 9:38 pm


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  3. ami says:

    If you’re hanging multiple frames of different sizes together and you want to see if they work, you should cut out paper with the same size and shape of your frames and arrange it first on your wall using scotch tape. That way you can plan out, adjust and see if they are in harmony with one another before putting any hole on your wall.

    Jan 16, 2015 | 10:27 pm

  4. Jules says:

    Start with the bigger piece and make sure it is eye-level. If you are aiming for a salon look, work your way through around this main piece. And use proper hanging nails please. Check out http://www.apartment therapy.com for tons of advice.

    Jan 18, 2015 | 9:07 pm

  5. rosa says:

    If doing it alone (and therefore with no one to hold the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner for you), you can get a wide piece of masking tape, fold it in half lengthwise, and stick the bottom half on the wall with the upper half sticky side up perpendicular to the wall (i hope that makes sense). That way, the sticky part of the masking tape can catch majority of the drilled off bits.

    Jan 20, 2015 | 11:01 am

  6. Anne says:

    ” but then they go through life straightening their frames…” funny

    Jan 22, 2015 | 2:45 am


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