Top 5 Best Picture Hangers [2021-2022] – Buying Guide

Hanging pictures can be a tough process. You have to decide where, and in what arrangement, you are going to put up the frames. But before that, you need to get your picture hangers ready. Read on for our top 5 best picture hangers.

Before you Buy:

Picture hangers come in all sizes based on the size and weight of the frame or canvas you are planning to hang. Hangers also come in different styles and are made with different materials of course, and your decision needs to take into account the type of wall you you wish to hang the picture on, as well as the picture itself. 

​Then there’s that problem of getting pictures aligned and looking right… both horizontally and vertically. Nothing is more annoying that a picture that is wonky, standing out from the pictures around it, or just looking wrong compared to the ceiling, doorframe, or corner of the room. Some people don’t notice of course, but it can really bug you once it gets into your brain. So we’ve looked over some tools and hanging hooks to help you chose what you need in order to get your space looking great.

The first thing you need to consider: Is it a problem if you damage your walls (with nails, screws etc)? If so, then check out the Command picture hanging strips, and you will also still benefit from the level and measurement tools included below. If not, then you can go for the classic hooks (again the level tools can help a lot), and probably weight is your main concern.

Last but not least, weight can be an issue, and of course is a bit dependent on what your wall is made of. Drywall, concrete, wood, and other materials can affect your hanging process. Heavier frames and pictures can be dealt with by doubling up (or more) on hooks / strips. For lighter pictures, you can often get away with a single hanging point.

So, without further delay…

…Here Are Our Top 5 Picture​​​​​ Hanger Reviews:

01. Hang-a-Matic Picture Hanging Tool.

​​This is a slick bit of kit. The instructions guide you to make two holes for the picture, and the built in level makes sure that you won’t have one of those annoying “No! The left side is too low…now the right side is too low” sessions after the picture is up. The tape measure is six feet long, so you can find that perfect spot on the wall. The Hang-a-Matic Picture Hanging Tool Now will save you stress, and will save your walls from all those “mistake” holes that then need fixing.

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  • Features at a Glance:
    • Six foot measuring tape.
    • Reusable.
    • Sliding bubble level.
  • What we like:
    • Easy to use.
    • Lightweight.
    • Collapses down to 9 inches.
  • What could be better:
    • This picture hanging tool could have its own box or cover so it doesn’t get misplaced.

02. Command Picture Hanging Strips.

This is a good one if you are renting, or if you are just hesitant to do permanent damage to a wall. ​Now you may worry that “damage free” hanging solutions are not strong enough, but these can take the load. In fact, they can hang a picture weighing up to 16lbs (that’s 7.2kg). The pack contains 60 strips (30 pairs), 1 strip can take up to 4lbs, 2 can handle up to 8lbs, and 4 gets you to that 16lb level. If you are worried about damage (and landlords, and deposits) and have pictures up to 16lbs, this is the solution for you.

  • Features at a Glance:
    • Holds up to 16lbs (7.2 kg)
    • Suitable for frames up to 24” by 36”
  • What we like:
    • Stong hold
    • No damage to the wall.
    • Includes 30 pairs of strips.
  • What could be better:
    • Some people report limited issues depending on climate.

03. Crescent Creative Products Picture Hanging Tool.

Wonky pictures? They are annoying aren’t they? You spend all that time hanging a picture, and when you step back, it’s not level. For some of us, that’s too frustrating and we spend a bunch of time making adjustments, stepping back, and then adjusting it again.. But with this slick looking picture hanging tool from Crescent Creative Products, those niggling wonky pictures can be a thing of the past.

  • Features at a Glance:
    • Ruler with inches and centimeter options.
    • Built-in level.
    • All-in-one design.
  • What we like:
    • Lightweight.
    • Easy to use for various picture sizes
    • Front facing level.
    • Looks good
  • What could be better:
    • This tool is not collapsable, so takes up a bit of space itself.

04. Picture Hang Solution Picture Nail.

Simple and efficient. 100 nails. This is the classic picture hanger. The nail goes in at an angle, giving more strength, and the hook allows you to hang a wired or frame-only picture. For smaller pictures, you can use just one, if you have a larger frame and are worried about weight or alignment, you can use two or more together. ​ These professional picture frames from Picture Hang Solution can help you with that.

  • Features at a Glance:
    • Supports up to 30 pounds.
    • Angled nail.
    • Measurements: 1.2/16 inches by 3/16 inches.
  • What we like:
    • check Exclusive crimp design.
    • Zinc plated picture hanger.
    • Includes 100 1.3/16 inch nails.
  • What could be better:
    • Nails mean holes in walls (of course), so think twice if you are renting and have a fussy landlord.

05. Picture Hang Solution Ring Hanger.

​These D-Ring picture hangers are classic steel hangers. They are ideal for hanging smaller frames and pictures, and don’t stand out too much from the wall like some other hanging solutions. The screw hole will allow the hanger to be securely attached to a wood picture frame. This 100 pack should cover you if you have a lot of things to hang.

  • Features at a Glance:
    • Triangle ring hanger
    • Steel construction with short screws
  • What we like:
    • Can be used with wired frames, or frames with nails or other hanging points.
    • One screw hole.
    • Easy use.
    • 100 in the pack!
  • What could be better:
    • This ring hanger is only suitable for a lightweight picture frames.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. What is the best picture hanging tool?

A. Hopefully by now we’ve made it clear, this depends on your willingness to damage the wall, and on the weight of your picture.

Q2. What do I do if my picture is really heavy?

A. You can use more than one hanging point or hook, try and space the points evenly, and use a level tool (See above) to make sure your hooks don’t result in a wonky picture. Heavier pictures may need bigger hooks (with bigger nails or screws) if you are ok damaging the wall. Non-damage strips can also be doubled up, or even used in sets of four for much heavier pictures.