Life Hack: How to Hang Perfectly Level Decor on Walls

Use this tip to hang perfectly level frames and decor every time!

Since all of our big projects are pretty much done in our new house, I’ve gotten to work on some decorating.

I wish SO MUCH that I had known about this little life hack on hanging pictures a long time ago. It would have saved me from much frustration, time and unnecessary holes in my walls.

Here’s the trick:

For a frame with two brackets on the back, place a piece of painters tape across the back. Mark on the tape exactly where the nails or screws need to go.


Take your marked tape and place it on the wall where you want your pictures to hang. Use a level to make sure your tape is perfectly straight.

level it

If you want to hang two frames next to each other, do the same thing for the second frame and make sure the strips of tape are level with one another.


Hammer your nails in on the dots you previously marked.


Remove your tape and hang your pictures!

peel it off

Perfectly level on the first try!


I’ve used this method for hanging things SO much and it’s worked every time. Pin this for future reference!

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  1. Jasmine says

    I wish I saw this earlier before I made two holes in my wall. This is great! Thank you!

  2. Vicky says

    After several frustrating attempts at trying to get my picture level I tried this. It worked perfectly and I had NO problems. Thanks so much for sharing this!


  3. Karen says

    This hack did NOT work πŸ™
    I did as instructed, put tape level on the back, where the holes were, put tape on wall drilled the holes, anchors in place, screws in the wall, hung the shelf, and a slight tilt. It didn’t make sense until I figured it out, the holes were not the same distance from the top of the shelf! Therefore, the tape should have been placed STICKY SIDE UP!
    NOT taped to the wall!! Grr πŸ™ did I do something wrong?

    • Polly says

      Hmmm. Sorry that it didn’t work for you! I’m not sure if I follow what went wrong for you. If the holes are not the same distance on your frame, that would indeed mess things up. Like I said, not sure what went wrong but I have hung TONS of things using this method and it’s been pretty foolproof. So sorry!

  4. Lisa says

    OMG, what a wonderful hack!!! This comes at such a perfect time. Our our son recently moved and he and I were just talking about how he wants to hang some pictures as well as his framed hockey jersey. This is going to make hanging them all so much easier.

  5. Tara says

    I nearly threw my hammer across the room trying to hang 9 11×14 landscape photos in a 3×3 pattern. But, instead, I got on the internet and searched for a “hack” (which I should have done before!). I laid out, on the floor, 3 across and 3 down (left side and top) and then, in addition to what is suggested here, used tape along the left side to mark the bracket intervals down so that I could have them equally spaced down as well as across. I marked 3 pieces of tape for across in the same spots, and then placed them at the marks from the piece of tape going down on the wall. Gave me a perfect 3×3! It worked beautifully! Thanks for the hack!

  6. Alva Hubbard says

    OMG thank you so much what a wonderful hack!

  7. Steve Sharp says

    I love this!! It’s SO EASYand work SO WELL!!!πŸ˜―πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜―πŸ˜‰β˜ΊοΈβ€οΈ

  8. Cydney says

    Thank you so much for the great idea! Just hung up my pictures and they are all level. πŸ™‚

  9. Karina says

    Check out hangomatic website. It’s a picture hanging tool. A measuring tape with a bubble level attached and metal anchors for marking the wall. 3 in 1. Save money in tape a level and all the other tools. Just need 1 hangomatic and you’re done!

    • Rachel says

      Sounds like a cool tool actually. Contact us if you’d be interested in partnering with Thriving Home in some way.

      • Karina says

        Hi Rachel, I wanted to follow up and see if you received my email a few weeks ago. If live to connect with and discuss how we may be able to partner together.

  10. Sheryl says

    This is SUCH a good idea!!