Picture Hanging 101
Put that hammer down, and read our advice before hanging and arranging pictures, art, and other objects.
Wall Anchors and More
Besides nails and hangers, other devices are available that might suit your needs. For instance, wall anchors work best when dealing with drapery rod brackets or architectural fragments. Made out of plastic or nylon, these sleevelike plugs require a drilled hole roughly the same diameter. After tapping an anchor into the hole, insert a screw that, when tightened, expands the sleeve, creating a snug grip in the wall.
When hanging extra-heavy objects on gypsum drywall or plaster, use toggle bolts, particularly if you're unable to locate a stud. Like wall anchors, these require a similarly sized hole. Once inserted, spring-activated arms fold out for extra support.