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Why Weight Ratings Are Essential in Picture Hanging

  • by Arthur Harrison
  • 3 min read

Don’t let a weak hanger ruin your precious picture frames and art! The secret to secure picture hanging is to know the weight capacity of whatever picture hanging hardware you use.

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you probably know that frames and objects crashing on the floor is one of our worst nightmares. 

That’s why we provide professional quality picture hanging hardware and give you relevant information about each product in our listings – so you don’t have to worry.

Understanding Weight Rating (aka Weight Capacity)

In the picture hanging industry, you might have heard of  "weight capacity," “rated capacity,” or “weight rating.” This refers to the maximum working load – the maximum weight the picture hanger or wall hook can support – recommended by the manufacturer under specified working conditions.

Weight ratings serve as a crucial guide in selecting the appropriate hangers to hang frames and other objects securely on the wall.

As a rule of thumb, always choose a picture hanger that can support 1-3 times the weight of the picture frame or art you will hang.

Knowing the weight capacity of your hangers is a crucial step in:

  • ensuring the safety of your items
  • the preservation of your walls, and; 
  • the well-being of those around you

In the next section, we’ll talk about it in more detail.

3 Reasons Why Weight Ratings are Important

Here are 3 reasons why you should always check the weight ratings when choosing picture hangers:

To keep items secure over time

    One of the main reasons why we should always check the weight capacity of hangers and hooks is to protect your pictures, art, and wall decor. If the hardware you use is not strong enough to support the weight of your item, it could lead to damage over time.

    To maintain the wall’s condition

    Another important reason we must take weight capacities seriously is to protect the wall.

    If a hanger or hook cannot hold the weight of an item, it can put extra stress on the wall, leading to cracks, holes, or other types of damage. This can be a problem if you're renting a home or apartment and want to avoid any issues with your landlord.

    ⚒️ PRO TIP: Check the wall type compatibility of the picture hanger or wall hook. Aside from knowing the weight capacity of a picture hanger or wall hook, knowing what type of wall the hardware is compatible with goes a long way.

    Here's a cheat sheet that tells you what products are for what type of walls:



    Adjustable J Hook

    Drywall, wood panel

    Bear Claw Screw Hangers


    Brass and Conventional Hook


    Wood panel

    Brass Gallery Kit

    Depends on the screw used

    Brick Clip

    Brick wall

    Concrete Screw

    Concrete wall

    French Cleats

    Depends on the screw used

    Furniture Anti-Tip Kit

    Depends on the screw used

    Hardwall Plastic Hook

    Concrete, cement, cinder block, thin plaster over concrete, soft smooth brick, softstone, hard wood

    Lead Anchor

    Brick, concrete block, concrete wall

    Mega No-Stud Wall Hook


    Screw Eye Hanger


    Security Kits

    Depends on the screw used

    Snap Skru Drywall Anchor


    Snap Toggle Anchor


    Steel Utility Hook

    Depends on the screw used

    Wall Dog Screws

    Drywall, plaster wall, masonry

    Wall Track

    Depends on the screw used

    Zinc Anchor


    To prevent any potential accidents/injury

    Lastly, knowing the weight ratings of each picture hanger and wall hook is essential for safety reasons. If a picture hanger or wall hook is not strong enough to hold the weight of an object, it could fall and cause injury.

    Accidents like a frame falling on someone’s foot – or worse, on kids or pets! – and stepping on shards of glass is something we want to avoid. 

    In relation to that, if the wall hook, French cleat, or furniture anti-tip kit is not adequately secured, it could come loose and cause damage to the wall and the item.


    Final Thoughts

    When hanging priceless pictures and expensive art or wall decor, choosing the right hanger based on its weight capacity is crucial. Not only will it ensure that your items are hung securely, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing they are safe. 

    So, choose your picture hangers wisely and always invest in the right ones for your pictures and art! Should you need help purchasing picture hangers, kindly email us at support@picturehangsolutions.com. Our team is always happy to assist!

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