How to Hang Something Heavy....Like a Pro


This is a great way to hang anything heavy....headboards, art, a shelving unit....whatever. It is actually fairly simple.


I thought I would share with you how I hung my heavy mirrors for the One Room Challenge. You want to use a Z Bracket


Now you can buy one, or what I prefer....you can make one. In the carpet section of your local home improvement store, you will find this



A piece of metal carpet trim with the perfect bend already in it. You will need a piece twice the length of your object (one length for the wall, one for the piece). You can cut this with a hacksaw or nippers (the holes are already drilled in it). Next, find the perfect position on the wall to hang your object.



Attach one piece of the carpet trim (channel side facing up) to the wall. You can see that the studs are not center...it doesn't matter, as long as you use long screws (I like 3") and span at least 2 studs to anchor the bracket within the placement. In this case, there are 2 studs available. Physics will do the rest. I can't tell you exactly how, because I was absent that day ;).

Attach the other piece to the back of your heavy object


Make sure the channel is facing down on this one. Also, put a screw into every hole. Here, you will only need screws long enough to grab the wood. Slide the object (mirror in this case) down over the wall bracket, and you have a flush mount for a heavy object. Now for the professional touch


Add a rubber bumper (1/2 or 3/4) depending on your depth needed....to the bottom corners of your piece


This will keep it the perfect distance away from the wall, and help hold it in place. That's it!



Tight to the wall,and you did not have to do endless equations to find the correct stud position.

22 comments:

  1. Love this tip! I am constantly doing the silly equations to find the placement of my hooks ... this is WAY better!!!

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  2. I'll have to show this to my husband. He's one of those people who overthinks/overstructures everything. By the way, your nails look really nice:)

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  3. Thanks so much for this tip! Never thought of that before.

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  4. Great idea! I believe they call this a "French cleat" in the biz.

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  5. Great tips! I will be looking for this next time.

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  6. I have always done this with a custom-cut wooden cleat ... now I am SO going to use your carpet trim method!!! Thank you!

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  7. This is great to know. I have bookmarked this post for future reference. I have several heavy mirrors that need hanging.

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  8. Perfect timing for me. I have a wall shelf that needs to be hung and this is the perfect tutorial...thanks!!

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  9. Oh my goodness -- how smart! I'm sending a link to my husband!

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  10. I am impressed and have to make a note of this. Or else it takes months for anything to go up. Nice manicure!

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  11. This is great information. I am on the hunt for vintage windows to hang as frames for my kids art work. Thanks for all the great advice on this site.

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  12. Oh yeah, I noticed your great nails, too! It DOES make a difference! My hands are always mucking horse stalls and in garden dirt, so I don't bother, but boy am I envious.
    Great idea with the carpet trim for a french cleat hanger!!! Brilliant!
    Nancy
    Powell Brower Home

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  13. Thanks everyone....I only show my hands after I have had a manicure. Otherwise, it's gloves on.

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  14. Will this work on old plaster walls?

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  15. Oh, this is a good tip! I'll be sharing on fb and Pinterest.
    www.2littlesuperheroes.com

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  16. Hanging up a headboard. Thanks for the awesome tip.

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  17. So brilliant! I'm doing this with a vintage mirror I have.

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  18. Do you think this will work for an old wood door I'm using as a headboard? Just wondered if there was a weight limit!! Thank you!!

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  20. This worked super well. Only cost me 8 dollars.

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