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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.



An illustration of a frame hung on the wall

 

Understanding Weight Rating

(Sometimes called 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 rating

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:


Why Weight Ratings Are Essential in Picture Hanging

 

  • 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:

PRODUCT

WALL TYPE

Adjustable J Hook

Drywall, wood panel

Bear Claw Screw Hangers

Drywall

Brass and Conventional Hook

Drywall

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

Drywall

Screw Eye Hanger

Drywall

Security Kits

Depends on the screw used

Snap Skru Drywall Anchor

Drywall

Snap Toggle Anchor

Drywall

Steel Utility Hook

Depends on the screw used

Wall Dog Screws

Drywall, plaster wall, masonry

Wall Track

Depends on the screw used

Zinc Anchor

Drywall

 

  • 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.


Why Weight Ratings Are Essential in Picture Hanging

 

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. Our team is always happy to assist!

 

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